Hawaii Peoples Fund

community GIVING = community DOING

aka Peoples Fund   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.hawaiipeoplesfund.org

Mission

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund supports, funds, and amplifies the work of Hawaiʻi-based grassroots organizations challenging systems of oppression. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a unique partnership of activists and donors propelling a grassroots movement to eliminate oppression and injustice in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable Hawaiʻi. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund strives to serve as a model for progressive, informed philanthropy. Community-raised funds are redistributed through a consensus-based, activist-empowered grantmaking process, providing financial resources, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to Hawaiʻi-based grassroots movement builders.

Ruling year info

1972

Executive Director

Ms Micky Huihui

Main address

PO Box 4163

Honolulu, HI 96812 USA

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EIN

23-7250803

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No other organization specifically addresses the needs of grassroots progressive movement building in Hawaiʻi. We are committed to supporting grassroots organizations working to reduce the harm of current systemic failures, and welcome strategic proposals that aim to support our beloved community during these unprecedented times. We understand that low-income families, houseless communities, service workers, people with disabilities, people who are incarcerated, indigenous, immigrant, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the current health crisis (in addition to ongoing systemic oppression). Community organizing is essential at this moment to counter racism and xenophobia, and to provide new models of care to ensure our most vulnerable communities can stay safe. Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund stands in solidarity with those individuals and organizations who have been working to upend and heal systems of oppression for nearly 50 years.

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?

Grantmaking

Founded in 1972, Hawai‘i People's Fund is a publicly supported community fund established to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai‘i.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Hawaiʻi Investment Ready 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status, Children and youth

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017, 2018 and 2019, the maximum grant request amount = $5000. In 2020, and 2021, the maximum grant request amount = $10,000.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Regular Grantmaking - $102,030 in FY19, $180,240 in FY20; Urgent Action Grants program - $60,210 in FY19, $61,620 in FY20; Giving Project in FY20 - $153,000

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2020 = Regular grant cycle - 19 grants, Urgent Action Grants - 14, Giving Project - 17

Average number of non-monetary support contacts per grantee

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity, Social and economic status

Related Program

Grantmaking

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric includes connection to additional funding sources, inclusion in HPF programming, and community-wide advocacy and outreach on behalf of the grantee

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.

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is a unique partnership of activists and donors propelling a grassroots movement to eliminate oppression and injustice in pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable Hawaiʻi. We fund, support, and amplify the work of grassroots organizations challenging institutions and attitudes which foster economic, social, racial, and gender inequality.

Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund strives to serve as a model for progressive, informed philanthropy. Community-raised funds are redistributed through a consensus-based, activist-empowered grantmaking process, providing financial resources, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to Hawaiʻi-based grassroots movement builders.

The Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund Grantmaking Committee (GMC) carefully deliberates proposals submitted by community-based organizations to ensure they are Constituent-led (led by, with, and for those most impacted by injustice), Community-wide (reflective of constituency and community), and create Lasting Impact in the community (in line with HPFʻs established Funding Guidelines and Eligibility Criteria). The HPF Board of Directors considers the GMCʻs recommendations, and makes the final decisions to approve them.

Throughout the Grant Period, HPF Staff maintains regular communication with awarded grantees, providing technical assistance, support, and unique networking opportunities. Awarded grantees submit a Final Report at the end of the Grant Period, inclusive of an evaluation of their work and progress, a final budget and narrative, and reflections on their relationship with HPF.

HPFʻs intersectional philosophy ensures that applicants and awardees reflect a broad range of issue areas. Fueled by community-based philanthropy, we award small grants annually to Hawaii-based organizations working towards social justice, equity, peace, and positive change in our islands. All funded organizations in HPFʻs grantee portfolio are continuously uplifted and featured as part of an intersectional approach to social change making efforts in Hawaiʻi. Truly the “Peopleʻs Fund,” this cross-class, cross-issue, intersectional approach to organizing, supported by a community who values the critical importance of viewing the big and small pictures of social justice in Hawaiʻi as one and the same, has sustained our grantmaking program and our operations for over 48 years.

HPF commits to act responsively and intuitively in support of Hawaiʻiʻs grassroots organizations working for peace and justice by nurturing connections, carefully stewarding resources, and uplifting philanthropy as an important form of engaging in social change.

HPF continues to provide innovative spaces to engage donors and community partners at multiple levels, building a movement of advocacy and support, and erasing social boundaries between those who share a similar vision for healthy, equitable and sustainable communities.

HPF utilizes a unique and distinguished approach to philanthropy: Activist-Advised Grantmaking. This approach directly involves community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making, as we firmly believe that it is crucial to shift the power for grantmaking to the activists who spend their lives on the front lines in their communities.

HPFʻs Grantmaking Committee represents a broad range of experiences and perspectives, informing their deliberations and decision-making. Convening the GMC also provides a much-needed space for activists to develop strategic relationships and share best practices and ideas.

Since 1972, Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund has given us all an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, bringing together those who want to confidently invest in social change and those actively working towards it in a united vision of social justice in Hawaiʻi. HPF is the only organization in the world specifically addressing the needs of grassroots progressive movement builders in Hawaiʻi. HPFʻs philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving, ensuring support to initiatives that directly address the root causes of social issues and pose new solutions.

HPFʻs "community GIVING = community DOING" philosophy ensures community engagement at all levels between donors, grantees, and the larger community. HPF provides grants, technical assistance, and unique networking opportunities to grassroots organizations focused on creating sustainable social change in Hawaiʻi.

In FY1920, HPF redirected nearly $200,000 community-raised resources to grassroots organizations combatting injustice in Hawaiʻi. The resurrection of the Urgent Action Grant program in 2020 provided much needed support in the wake of the unfolding pandemic crisis, and has emerged as a successful supplement to our annual grantmaking.

In January 2021, Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund is embarking on a journey to radically transform the way we move money to movements for real change from the roots up through its inaugural launch of The Giving Project. Giving Projects are innovative, inclusive, intentional vessels providing safe and brave spaces for collaborations between diverse groups of people, bringing together shared values, passions, and abilities that center around intergenerational progress and socio-cultural wellbeing. Giving Projects are created for individuals and families that want to strengthen their relationships, skills, understanding, leadership, and purpose to support more meaningful community resourcing and community building that is genuinely in service to our stories, places, and people. The Giving Project will interweave a cross-class, cross-race, gender-diverse, intergenerational collective that shares a vision for a just and equitable Hawaiʻi to apply their time, talent, and resources to supporting movements for social change.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In FY1819, our support base asked for an increase community engagement opportunities. This call led to increased grant writing efforts to specifically support the development and implementation of the Giving Project (launching in 2021). Also in FY1819, community partners urged reinstitution of the Urgent Action Grants program to facilitate grantmaking between Spring funding cycles. Increased grant writing efforts seeded the UAG, and it was successfully launched in August 2019. In March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic crisis, a fundraising effort designed specifically to grow the UAG grantmaking pool ensued, was infra structurally supported by external grants, and is now well established as a supplemental grantmaking avenue for HPF.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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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Hawaii Peoples Fund

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Matthew Ing


Board co-chair

Ms Rachel James

Jonathan Fisk

Kahunawaikaʻala Wright

Jeff Gilbreath

Justin Jansen

Naomi Yoshida

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.