Four Hawai‘i charities were recently awarded grant funding from the Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund (HLCF). Grants were awarded through Hawai‘i Love, the HLCF’s grant-making program.
The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund (HCLF) at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation supports local charities that are aligned with our mission of working to preserve Hawai‘i’s beauty and culture by supporting its people. All Hawai‘i Life agent, client and public donations to HCLF are directed with care to make the greatest possible impact in the community. This week, five Hawai‘i charities will receive some Hawai‘i Love in the form of a $2,500 grant check from the Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund. The fund's Chairperson, Mealoha Krause noted, “The five charities were chosen because they are all working for a cause that is close to our heart at Hawai‘i Life, which is, of course, to create and provide affordable housing for all Hawai‘i residents. It is our goal to support initiatives that help break the cycle of homelessness, with a vision that all Hawai‘i residents can enjoy the security of homeownership.”
The five non-profit organizations will each receive a $2,500 grant to help further their Hawai‘i-focused community programming. All grant recipients share a similar focus on affordable housing initiatives throughout the state. The non-profit organizations who will receive grants from the HLCF include the Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center, Hawaiian Community Assets, ALEA Bridge, Kahumana, and Nā Hale O Maui.
The Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center is an Aloha United Way charity that provides education, information, and support to create successful first-time homeowners in Hawai'i. Hawaiian Community Assets similarly provides state residents with education and counseling in order to help them secure and sustain permanent housing. With a special focus on West O‘ahu and the North Shore, ALEA bridge provides community outreach, helping Hawai‘i residents to break the cycle of homelessness. Based in West O‘ahu, Kahumana is co-creator of a productive, healthy, farm-based community that supports homeless families, people with disabilities, and youth. Maui-based non-profit organization Nā Hale O Maui is Hawai‘i's first community land trust whose mission is to create affordable housing for Maui residents.
Hawai'i Life has always embraced community involvement and charitable giving, intent on helping Hawai‘i residents. As the real estate brokerage has grown into the third largest in the state, founders Matt Beall and Winston Welborn wanted a means of empowering the company's brokers and clients to raise money and to direct their giving to local causes. The Hawai'i Life Charitable Fund (HLCF) and the Hawai‘i Love program were created to answer a need for more flexible, responsive, and innovative giving.
“We have kept our mission intentionally broad so that we can be of assistance to as many different kinds of local non-profit organizations as possible. It’s our honor to serve and give back to our community. The Hawai‘i Life Charitable Fund is supported primarily through staff and client donations, and it is directed by brokers and agents. It is distinct from the corporate giving that Hawai‘i Life continues to do, through our support and work with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Hawai‘i Public Radio, and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation,” said Hawai‘i Life CEO Matt Beall.
Apply for funding
Any Hawai‘i 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization can apply throughout the year for the $2,500 grants by requesting support via email. Requests for funding can be directed to any HCLF board member through their Hawai‘i Life email address at give.hawaiilife.com. Grants are disbursed twice annually and deadlines for grant applications are on June 30 and November 1 each year.
Our agents, clients, and the general public can donate to the Hawai‘i Life Charitable fund at any time online at give.hawaiilife.com. Our agents, brokers, and clients can also donate at the close of any escrow transaction.
- Hawaii Life Charitable Fund has awarded $14,500 in grants to date.
- Hawaii Life Charitable Fund has supported organizations including the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Kahilu Theater, Maui Humane Society, Family Promise of Hawaii, Hawaiian Surfing Federation, Hawaii Islands Veterans Memorial Inc, and more.
Hawaii Life Charitable Fund grants for 2017 are awarded semi-annually, in the amount of $1,000 to each eligible grant recipient chosen by the organization's Board of Directors. The application deadline is June 30, 2017, and submissions will be reviewed by the HLCF Board and selected next monthly board meeting following that date. Disbursements will be made immediately upon approval to the awarded organizations.
A Hale For All
Each year a giving focus or theme is chosen by Hawaii Life agents and grants are awarded to organizations whose charitable purposes fall within that theme, and are aligned with the HLCF mission. For the 2017 calendar year, the HLCF giving focus of A Hale For All was selected - thus all 2017 grants will be awarded to those organizations that support housing initiatives aimed at reducing homelessness in Hawaii, and at providing affordable housing alternatives.
Plan for 2017
Organization Grants - $1,000 awarded per island
Agent Organization Request Grants - $250 maximum funds awarded to any organization on behalf of each agent. $250 maximum funds awarded each quarter. Download Agent Request Form Here
How to Apply
Mahalo for your support in making our community a better place.
Hawaii Life Charitable Fund