Friends of Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

aka Friends of Hawaiian Islands NWR or FoHI   |   Honolulu, HI   |  https://www.friendsofhawaiianislands.org/

Mission

Connecting you with the nature and culture of the NWHI through education and outreach in support of Hawaiian Islands NWR, part of Papahanaumokuakea.

Ruling year info

2015

Board Chair

Ms. Nicole Galase

Main address

PO Box 235253

Honolulu, HI 96822 USA

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EIN

47-1778045

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Hawaiian Islands NWR is not open to visitors and the Refuge needs assistance in making its existence and purpose known. Due to their remoteness, many Pacific Island Refuges have relied on national interest in our lands for their protection and conservation. However, as budgetary constraints increase on the National Wildlife Refuge System, Refuges will need to seek local community support for important programs and projects. Community engagement plays an important role in the success of each Friends group to support the mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Volunteer-based Friends groups are a valuable conduit of information between the Refuges and the public on current issues, for soliciting help for specific projects, and for fund raising particularly as national budgetary pressures highlight the importance of finding local community sources.

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?

Curriculum for Keiki

We will connect the public with the nature and culture of the NWHI by creating curriculum that incorporates the Refuge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We will connect the public with the nature and culture of the NWHI by sharing stories that compel the public to take action. We will inform the public of the issues that concern the NWHI, and provide direct ways to advocate for the protection of its resources.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 meetings held with decision makers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Public Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FoHI Board Members continue to meet on a regular basis with US Fish and Wildlife Refuge Managers to keep up-to-date with Refuge conservation management programs.

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Related Program

Public Action

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of Facebook followers to the Friends of Hawaiian Islands NWR's Facebook page has significantly increased over the last 3 years due to improved social media outreach.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Received Friends of National Wildlife Refuges Nonprofit Capacity Building 2-Year Grant in 2016

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FOHI Board Members continue to to improve our board governance skills and establish regional Refuge partners by attending Friends group conferences in D.C., Hawai'i and Alaska.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As we have increased the number of board members over the years, we have increased the number of volunteer hours those board members have contributed to FOHI.

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Website officially launched in 2019

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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

Adults

Related Program

Public Action

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, FoHI hosted educational booth events at several conferences in Hawai;i that were attended by close to 500 people who picked up stickers, postcards and informational materials about the Refuge

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.

1. Educate the children in Hawaii about the nature and culture of the Refuge so they will grow up to support and protect them. Although the Refuge comes from the same hotspot as our main Hawaiian Islands, many children in Hawaii grow up without hearing about these remote atolls. It is important that children in Hawaii are knowledgeable of the nature and culture of the NWHI. With this knowledge and responsibility, they will hopefully become active participants in preserving the nature and culture of these islands.

2. Build a cohort of vocal supporters for the Refuge through dynamic outreach that will create an awareness and passion for nature and culture of the islands. It is increasingly vital for people to be educated and unified in supporting the protection of our environmental and cultural resources. We will work to create educated advocates for the Refuge by informing citizens of the steps they can take when issues arise, as well as keeping the public abreast of pertinent issues.

1. There is a great opportunity to use the Hawaiian Islands NWR as a base to develop curriculum for primary education. We will achieve our goal by creating curriculum that educators can use as a supplement to their own lessons. Teachers will request curriculum classroom visits from FoHI volunteer educators. Lesson plans will satisfy common core standards, while also exposing students to the Hawaiian Islands NWR. This will provide another layer of hands-on-learning and give supporters of FoHI a chance to get involved in the community.

2. We plan to develop content that shares evidence-based knowledge with the public and to facilitate discussion as well as action from the public. We will make advocacy an approachable task for citizens of all educational backgrounds.

The idea to form the Friends of HINWR began in 2012 when wildlife volunteers noticed the need for community outreach to raise awareness about the Refuge, its unique significance and the need for its preservation. The stronger and more effective the Friends group becomes, the greater the benefit to the Refuge such as additional funds and public awareness to support federal conservation efforts, benefiting the entire ecosystem within the Northwest Hawaiian Islands as well as across our neighboring Pacific Refuges that are so intricately linked through shared ocean currents, migratory patterns, and related species. With a young and enthusiastic Board of Directors, FoHI has secured grants and in-kind donations to help work with other Pacific refuges to increase public awareness of the importance of their interconnectedness throughout the region, as well as build partnerships among ecological and cultural stakeholders throughout the Papahānaumokuā Marine National Monument.

January 2019 – FOHI completed its final report for the NFWF capacity building grant and launched its organizational website and along with a short promotional video introducing the NWHI and the Friends of HINWR to the general public
February 2019 - FOHI Board Member attended the Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting in Kaua‘i, Hawai’I, at which she hosted a booth to hand out FoHI swag and educate booth visitors about the NW Hawaiian Islands.
April 2019 - FOHI Board Members hosted informational outreach booths at the Waikiki Aquarium Earth Day event in Honolulu, HI and the UH Hilo Earth Day celebration in Hilo, HI
July 2019 - FOHI Board Members and USFWS Honolulu Liaison hosted an informational outreach booth at the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Honolulu, HI
July 2019 – FOHI and FOMA Board Members met to discuss the development of a regional Friends partnership
September 2019 – FOHI Board Members attended the USFWS Peer-to-Peer Workshop in Homer, Alaska to discuss challenges shared by Hawaiian, Northwest Pacific and Alaskan Refuge Friends groups to share ideas and to develop partnerships within Regions 1 and 7.
November 2019 - Launched first merchandise fundraiser on Bonfire, highlighting natural and cultural treasures of Nihoa Island.
January 2020 - Launched first FoHI Newsletter to Members.
May 2020 - Donated over 700 tote bags to the Hawaii Farm Bureau to use for food distribution
July 2020 – Alaska-based artist and NHWI field tech, Sarah Youngren, took over FoHI's Facebook feed as a guest artist for a week to promote her seabird art, inspired by her work in PMNM, and help raise funds for FoHI.
August 2020 – FOHI Board Member joined a research team of botanists traveling to the island of Nihoa, within the NWHI, to remove invasive plant species.
September 2020 - FOHI Board Member attended the Hawai‘i Conservation Conference.
October 2020 - Published second FoHI Newsletter to Members.
October 2020 - Second merchandise fundraiser on Bonfire, highlighting natural and cultural treasures of French Frigate Shoals.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Friends of Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Nicole Galase

Asher Loring

Ilana Nimz

Barry Stieglitz

Board leadership practices

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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 04/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/17/2020

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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.