In honor of the meaningful women in our lives

What is the Legacy Circle?
The Legacy Circle was established in April 2011 with a $100,000 lead gift from Elizabeth Rice Grossman in honor of her mother, Marilie Rice McMullen. It provides a means for individuals and families to honor their mothers, daughters, hanai moms, aunties and other important women in their lives with a meaningful donation that supports the grant making mission of Women’s Fund of Hawai`i (WFH).

What is the fundraising goal?
The initial goal of $1,000,000 is for a restricted fund designed to be the first step towards a permanent endowment for WFH.  Five percent of the funds raised will provide grants each year.  New donors who contribute to the Legacy Circle with additional, multi-year donations will help expand the grantmaking potential of the fund.

How will the funds be used?
Our annual Spring and Fall grant-making cycles provide resources up to $5,000 for grassroots organizations that help women and girls in Hawai`i become safe, financially secure and empowered.  Grants are made through a formal application process under the leadership of a community-based volunteer Program Committee.  Grantee selections will be made in line with the mission of WFH and true to the spirit and values of Marilie Rice McMullen: Relevant, Insightful, Compassion and Excellence.

Is this an annual commitment?
Donors are encouraged to make a multi-year commitment to grow the Legacy Circle, though one-time honorary and memorial gifts are welcome as well.

What are the donor benefits?
Legacy Circle donor benefits are currently being developed, but may include an annual reception, participation on the Program Committee, and varying levels of acknowledgement relevant to the important women being honored.  Donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

How can I participate?
Please click here to make a donation, or contact
(808) 439-6388, or