The well-being of women is critical to all of us and is the reason Women’s Fund of Hawai`i exists. When women thrive, families and communities flourish. We recognize and applaud that some women are doing well in our state – we have countless examples of women who are successful. However, far too many women – and girls – in Hawai`i are not doing well, suffering from being too poor to meet basic needs, and/or from substance abuse, incarceration, violence, poor health, sexual abuse, inadequate job and educational opportunities, etc. Moreover, if some women are suffering more than others, their families and their communities are suffering more also. There’s a ripple effect throughout society that hurts us all.

I. The values and beliefs that underlie our work are:
We value:
  • Ho‘ohanohano – the human right of dignity of person, spirit, and choice for every woman and girl
  • Working in partnership in the spirit of Lōkahi (unity and harmony) and Kōkua (reciprocity)
  • The cultures of each woman and girl; their stories, truth, experience, and gifts
  • The right of every woman and girl to be self-determining
  • Hawai`i nei, the nest we share
We believe:
  • That when one woman is not financially secure, safe, and empowered, it hurts all of us
  • In working with the most vulnerable women and girls
  • In supporting the strength and leadership of girls, thereby enabling them to avoid or surmount many problems that they might face as adult women
  • In working intergenerationally, and in the interconnectedness of us all
  • In living with Pono (justice)
II. Grantmaking Priorities

Women’s Fund of Hawai`i supports programs serving women and girls in Hawai`i that embody the above values and beliefs.

  • We give to a wide range of such programs, particularly those that promote women’s financial security and dignity, and girls’ strengths and leadership.
  • We fund programs that build on the gifts, strengths, and assets of women and girls and promote their well-being.
  • We fund organizations that address factors that can stand in the way of women and girls’ success, including:
  • Abused/Neglected Girls
  • Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Culture/Arts
  • Disabilities
  • Economic Self-sufficiency
  • Education/Technology
  • Health (physical)
  • Homelessness
  • Homophobia
  • Immigration Status
  • Incarceration/Criminal Justice
  • Lack of Affordable Childcare
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Racism
  • Reproductive Rights/Health
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls
  • Sports Inequities
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trafficking/Prostitution
  • Violence (sexual, physical)
  • We have a special interest in (but our funding is not limited to):
  • funding girls programs
  • funding programs serving Native Hawaiian women and girls
  • funding programs in rural areas throughout the state
III. Other Information
  • We prefer that a majority (51% or more) of Board members and program leadership are women, and that Board and staff reflect the population being served.
  • While we have a preference for funding smaller organizations, we will not exclude any organization from consideration because of size.
  • We fund nonprofit organizations, as well as programs that are sponsored projects of nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal agents. (We do not require those fiscal agents to have female Board leadership, but the program itself should have majority female leadership; also, we prefer that the fee for serving as fiscal agent be not more than 10% of the project budget.)
  • We fund startup and existing organizations/projects.
  • We fund general operating costs, special projects, and small capital projects.
  • We fund organizations or programs designed exclusively for women or girls. We do not fund general operating funds if it is unclear if those funds will specifically support women and girls’ programs.
  • If funded, the grantee is expected to submit a final report.
  • If you have the resources to send a press release to publicize this grant, we request that you share your draft with us before publication and provide a copy when it’s published.
  • Any organization that receives funding from Women’s Fund is welcome to apply for repeat funding. In order to be eligible to apply again, an organization must first use all of the original grant funds and submit a final report.
  • Our grants are up to $5,000.
We do not fund:
  • Scholarships
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that aim to convert people to specific religious beliefs
  • Organizations not serving girls and/or women in Hawai`i