Artists in the Schools

Through collaborative residencies, artists and teachers co-plan ways to weave art into the public school curriculum and help make learning experiential. As a result, students gain greater access to arts education, and teachers’ capacity to teach both the arts and the existing curriculum is increased. In 2014, HCF partnered with the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts to support $5 million of artistic residencies in 92 schools statewide.


The Hawaii Environmental Funders Group (EFG) is a network of philanthropic individuals and institutions engaged in active, substantial grantmaking in the Hawaiian Islands. Convened and organized by HCF, the EFG’s purpose is to foster collaboration among members and to steadily increase the amount of philanthropic support for environmental and sustainability efforts in Hawaii. In the past year, EFG partners have awarded more than $12 million to support projects from environmental education to sustainable agriculture.


HCF was selected by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to help develop and administer two grant programs that align with the interests of both organizations. HTA’s Natural Resources and Kukulu Ola: Living Hawaiian Culture grant programs fund initiatives within the community that advance the goals of preserving Hawaii’s natural resources and perpetuating Native Hawaiian culture. In 2014, HCF distributed more than $1.9 million to 65 organizations across the state on behalf of both HTA grant programs.


The Hawaii Legislature created this fund in 1999 from a portion of the money awarded to the state as a result of the multi-million dollar settlement against the tobacco industry. Under a contract with the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), HCF administers community grants to support tobacco prevention and cessation in areas including the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, advocacy efforts, program evaluations, and a statewide communications campaign. Since 2000, Hawaii’s smoking rates have decreased 32% and are the third lowest in the nation. Recent DOH data shows the impact of prevention in the last 15 years through decreases in death rates: 34% from heart disease, 41% from stroke and 11% from lung cancer.


This program was established at the Hawaii Community Foundation in 1993 as a public-private partnership with DOH. It supports programs aimed at preventing child abuse and neglect through grants for direct services, community events, public awareness, and advocacy. Community programs are primarily supported by a generous gift from the C.N. Wodehouse Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund Trust.


Through this pooled fund in 2014, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Marisla Foundation, and the Weissman Family Foundation provided nearly $500,000 in direct grant support for habitat restoration projects led by local communities. The partnership has restored fishponds, stream banks, wetlands, and other sites at over 30 locations throughout the islands.