Foundation / Corporation
Women's Fund of Hawaii
Grants of up to $5,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations to positively impact the lives of women and girls. Requests will be considered for a broad range of programs, with an emphasis on those that advance the dignity and financial security of women, as well as the strength and leadership of girls.
The values and beliefs that underlie the Fund’s work are:
-Hoohanohano – the human right of dignity of person, spirit, and choice for every woman and girl
-Working in partnership in the spirit of lokahi (unity and harmony) and kokua (reciprocity)
-The cultures of each woman and girl; their stories, truth, experience, and gifts
-The right of every woman and girl to be self-determining
The Fund believes:
-That when one woman is not financially secure, safe, and empowered, it hurts all of us
-In working with the most vulnerable women and girls
-In supporting the strength and leadership of girls, thereby enabling them to avoid or surmount many problems that they might face as adult women
-In working intergenerationally, and in the interconnectedness of all
-In living with pono (justice)
Grant Making Priorities:
Women’s Fund of Hawaii supports programs serving women and girls in Hawaii that embody the above values and beliefs.
The Fund supports wide range of programs, particularly those that promote women’s financial security and dignity, and girls’ strengths and leadership.
The Fund supports programs that build on the gifts, strengths, and assets of women and girls and promote their well-being.
The Fund supports organizations that address factors that can stand in the way of women and girls’ success, including:
-Lack of Affordable Childcare
-Lack of Affordable Housing
-Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls
-Violence (sexual, physical)
The Fund has a special interest in (but funding is not limited to):
-Funding girls’ programs
-Funding programs serving Native Hawaiian women and girls
-Funding programs in rural areas throughout the state
GrantWatch ID#: 183169
Grants are up to $5,000.
-The Fund prefers that a majority (51% or more) of Board members and program leadership are women, and that Board and staff reflect the population being served.
-While the Fund has a preference for funding smaller organizations, it will not exclude any organization from consideration because of size.
-The Fund supports nonprofit organizations, as well as programs that are sponsored projects of nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal agents. (The Fund does not require those fiscal agents to have female Board leadership, but the program itself should have majority female leadership; also, the Fund prefers that the fee for serving as fiscal agent be not more than 10% of the project budget.)
-The Fund supports startup and existing organizations/projects.
-The Fund supports general operating costs, special projects, and small capital projects.
-The Fund supports organizations or programs designed exclusively for women or girls. The Fund does not fund general operating funds if it is unclear if those funds will specifically support women and girls’ programs.
-Organizations that aim to convert people to specific religious beliefs
-Organizations not serving girls and/or women in Hawaii
Women’s Fund of Hawaii issues Requests for Proposals twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, with awards given in June and December.
Our Fall 2018 Grants Period will be September 1-30.
Any organization that receives funding from Women’s Fund is welcome to apply for repeat funding.