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Hawaii Peoples Fund

community GIVING = community DOING

aka Peoples Fund   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.hawaiipeoplesfund.org

Mission

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund supports, funds, and amplifies the work of Hawaiʻi-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a unique partnership of activists and donors propelling a grassroots movement to eliminate oppression and injustice in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund strives to serve as a model for progressive, informed philanthropy. Community-raised funds are redistributed through a consensus-based, activist-empowered grantmaking process, providing financial resources, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to Hawaiʻi-based grassroots movement builders.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Ms Micky Huihui

Main address

PO Box 4163

Honolulu, HI 96812 USA

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EIN

23-7250803

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No other organization specifically addresses the needs of grassroots progressive movement building in Hawaiʻi. We are committed to supporting grassroots organizations working to reduce the harm of current systemic failures, and welcome strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community during these unprecedented times. We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, service workers, people with disabilities, people who are incarcerated, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the current health crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to counter racism and xenophobia, and to provide new models of care to ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund stands in solidarity with those individuals and organizations who have been working to upend and heal systems of oppression for nearly 50 years.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grantmaking

Founded in 1972, Hawai‘i People's Fund supports, funds, and amplifies the work of Hawaiʻi-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Hawaiʻi Investment Ready 2019

Funder Hui 2021

Giving Project Network 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity, Social and economic status, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spring Grantmaking 2017, 2018 and 2019 max request = $5000; 2020, 2021, and 2022 max request = $10,000; 2022 launched 2 Noke Mau multi-year grants -$15k/year x 2ys; 2023 max request = $10,000

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spring Grantmaking, Urgent Action Grants, Giving Project Grantmaking, HULI grantmaking, *Maui Aloha Grantmaking

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Spring Grants, Urgent Action Grants, Giving Project Grants

Average number of non-monetary support contacts per grantee

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Gender and sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric includes connection to additional funding sources, inclusion in HPF programming, and community-wide advocacy and outreach on behalf of the grantee

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a unique partnership of activists and donors propelling a grassroots movement to eliminate oppression and injustice in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable Hawaiʻi. We fund, support, and amplify the work of grassroots organizations challenging institutions and attitudes which foster economic, social, racial, and gender inequality.

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund strives to serve as a model for progressive, informed philanthropy. Community-raised funds are redistributed through a consensus-based, activist-empowered grantmaking process, providing financial resources, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to Hawaiʻi-based grassroots movement builders.

The Hawaii Peoples Fund Grantmaking Committee (GMC) carefully deliberates proposals submitted by community-based organizations to ensure they are Constituent-led (led by, with, and for those most impacted by injustice), Community-wide (reflective of constituency and community), and create Lasting Impact in the community (in line with HPFs established Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria). The HPF Board of Directors considers the GMCs recommendations, and makes the final decisions to approve them.

Throughout the Grant Period, HPF Staff maintains regular communication with awarded grantees, providing technical assistance, support, and unique networking opportunities. Awarded grantees submit a Final Report at the end of the Grant Period, inclusive of an evaluation of their work and progress, a final budget and narrative, and reflections on their relationship with HPF.

HPFs intersectional philosophy ensures that applicants and awardees reflect a broad range of issue areas. Fueled by community-based philanthropy, we award small grants annually to Hawaii-based organizations working towards social justice, equity, peace, and positive change in our islands. All funded organizations in HPFs grantee portfolio are continuously uplifted and featured as part of an intersectional approach to social change making efforts in Hawaii. Truly the Peoples Fund, this cross-class, cross-issue, intersectional approach to organizing, supported by a community who values the critical importance of viewing the big and small pictures of social justice in Hawaii as one and the same, has sustained our grantmaking program and our operations for over 50 years.

HPF commits to act responsively and intuitively in support of Hawaiʻiʻs grassroots organizations working for peace and justice by nurturing connections, carefully stewarding resources, and uplifting philanthropy as an important form of engaging in social change.

HPF continues to provide innovative spaces to engage donors and community partners at multiple levels, building a movement of advocacy and support, and erasing social boundaries between those who share a similar vision for healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.

HPF utilizes a unique and distinguished approach to philanthropy: Activist-Advised Grantmaking. This approach directly involves community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making, as we firmly believe that it is crucial to shift the power for grantmaking to the activists who spend their lives on the front lines in their communities.

HPFʻs Grantmaking Committee represents a broad range of experiences and perspectives, informing their deliberations and decision-making. Convening the GMC also provides a much-needed space for activists to develop strategic relationships and share best practices and ideas.

Since 1972, Hawaii Peoples Fund has given us all an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, bringing together those who want to confidently invest in social change and those actively working towards it in a united vision of social justice in Hawaii. HPF is the only organization in the world specifically addressing the needs of grassroots progressive movement builders in Hawaii. HPFs philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving, ensuring support to initiatives that directly address the root causes of social issues and pose new solutions.

HPFs "community GIVING = community DOING" philosophy ensures community engagement at all levels between donors, grantees, and the larger community. HPF provides grants, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to grassroots organizations focused on creating sustainable social change in Hawaii.

In FY23, HPF redirected over $507,000 in community-raised resources to grassroots organizations combatting injustice in Hawaii. The resurrection of the Urgent Action Grant program in 2020 provided much needed support in the wake of the unfolding pandemic crisis, and continues to serve as a successful supplement to our annual grantmaking as threats mount.

In August 2023, like many in Hawaii, HPF and our community partners paused our normal operations and pivoted to hold our Maui ohana in the wake of the tragic fires in Lhaina. This absolutely appropriate response to the tragedy unfolding in Maui Komohana underscored the models of care exemplified by our ohana while simultaneously responding to the tragedy, and recognition from across the globe blessed our efforts.

In January 2021, Hawaii Peoples Fund launched its first Giving Project journey to radically transform the way we move money to movements for real change from the roots up through its inaugural launch of The Giving Project. Giving Projects are innovative, inclusive, intentional vessels providing safe and brave spaces for collaborations between diverse groups of people, bringing together shared values, passions, and abilities that center around intergenerational progress and socio-cultural wellbeing. Giving Projects are created for individuals and families that want to strengthen their relationships, skills, understanding, leadership, and purpose to support more meaningful community resourcing and community building that is genuinely in service to our stories, places, and people. The Giving Project will interweave a cross-class, cross-race, gender-diverse, intergenerational collective that shares a vision for a just and equitable Hawaii to apply their time, talent, and resources to supporting movements for social change. Now in its 4th run, Giving Project continues to actualize our mission of supporting, funding, and amplifying the work of Hawaii-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Hawaii Peoples Fund

Board of directors
as of 04/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Matthew Ing

Jonathan Fisk

Nicole Cristobal

Sage Kealohi Quiamno

Ashley Galacgac

James Maunakea Secritario

Natalie DeBiasi

Mea Aloha Spady

Hina Kaopua-Canonigo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.