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Maui Pono Foundation

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Mission

Our mission is to empower the Maui community devastated by the August 2023 fires through transparent grant-making processes and strategic partnerships to foster resilience and catalyze sustainable recovery initiatives.

Ruling year info

2023

Chief Exective Officer

Joel Navarro

President

Steve Iverson

Main address

2800 Palalani St

Makawao, HI 96768 USA

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EIN

93-2930295

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

August 8, 2023 will be a date that forever changed Maui and its community. So many people lost loved ones, homes, businesses and more in the Maui fires that its almost impossible to imagine the impact and how to move forward. The challenge for those who were impacted is not receiving support fast enough. Our efforts are focused on providing the most expeditious and immediate relief for individuals that have experienced a total loss of home and/or business, helping small businesses reestablish themselves and support infrastructure rebuilding to prevent future fire disasters. The vision is for MPF to be Mauis most effective grant making public charity; based on the values of community, transparency, integrity, and dedication. MPF will provide financial relief, community programs and various services to perpetuate its mission statement and be an integral part of the rebuilding process of Lahaina over the next decade.

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?

Small Business Grants

Small business grants ranging from $5,000 up to $15,000 with an intended use to replace lost inventory, material and/or equipment during the Lahaina fires.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Adults
Victims of disaster
Self-employed people
Families

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.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goal is to help the Maui community recover and rebuild from the devastating August 2023 fires. Specifically, our efforts are focused on immediate relief for individuals that have experienced a total loss of home and/or business, helping small businesses reestablish themselves and support infrastructure rebuilding to prevent future fire disasters. Additionally, we look to support the rebuilding of homes lost to the fires for families that dont have or cannot afford the resources to begin and complete the rebuilding process. Finally, we also look to partner with local organizations providing support that aligns with our charter.

The Maui Pono Foundation Board members are all members of the Maui community and have deep ties and knowledge of the impact these fires have had on our community. By combining our resources, we hope to bring awareness and support to those individuals and businesses needing help the most. We are committed to accountability and transparency and making sure donations are used for what they were intended for, helping the people of Maui recover and rebuild. As we move forward, we continue to learn about the additional needs of our community. With the continued growth of our Foundation, we strive to expand our mission to help provide long term support for services such as mental health, business coaching/mentoring, infrastructure strengthening, expanded fire prevention, reforestation and more.

The following initiatives aim to address the immediate needs of the community while also laying the groundwork for long-term resilience and sustainability.

Organizational Grants/CommunityOutreach: Supporting other organizations and community events with workshops, seminars, and informational campaigns to educate the community about the home rebuilding process, mental health support, and sustainable land managementpractices.

Small Business Support: Continue to offer grants and business development resources to small businesses impacted by the wildfire; helping them recover and thrive in the aftermath.

Fire Prevention/Reforestation Projects: Continue to support the launch of tree-planting initiatives to replenish the areas affected by the wildfire, restoring habitats for wildlife, and preventingerosion.

Infrastructure Rehabilitation/Rebuild: Collaborate with local authorities and organizations to repair damaged infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and utilities, ensuring the smooth functioning of the community.

Educational Research and Innovation: Invest in research projects and innovation initiatives aimed at developing advanced firefighting technologies, early warning systems, and sustainable land management practices to prevent future wildfires and mitigate their impact.

Hardship Funds: Allocated reserve funds for obscure requests approved by BOD to support an initiative not listed above.

By instituting the role of executive director to manage the day-to-day operations of the foundation, the Board of Directors can focus on the growth and governance of the foundation as it expands upon its mission to help provide long term support for services such as resource workshops, mental health, business coaching/mentoring, infrastructure strengthening, expanded fire prevention, reforestation and more.

The vision is for MPF to be Mauis most effective grant making public charity; based on the values of community, transparency, integrity, and dedication. MPF will provide financial relief, community programs and various services to perpetuate its mission statement and be an integral part of the rebuilding process of Lahaina over the next decade.

Total money disbursed to the Maui Community: $1,523,999

Individual grants: $1,042,500

Working with our friends at FilltheNeeds.org, we provided a $5,000 grant that helped bring 117 Ukulele starter kits to the Maui music community.

We have partnered with the Positively Kai Foundation by donating $25,000 to support the Raising Lahaina event on 10/21/23.

We have worked with Slims Power Tools in Kahului to purchase and distribute $20,000 of tools to contractors that lost their tools in the fires.

We have donated $114,000 to Organizations providing relief and educational supplies to our community.

We have awarded $296,799 in small business grants to support businesses reopening in our community.

We have donated $20,700 to the Mlam ina Project to plant trees that will help create a firebreak at Lahaina Intermediate School.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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Maui Pono Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Iverson

Maui Pono Foundation

Term: 2023 - 2026

Debbie Arakaki

Maui Pono Foundation

Kyle Anderson

Maui Pono Foundation

Dylan Payne

Maui Pono Foundation

Molly Payne

Maui Pono Foundation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/24/2024

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/24/2024

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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.