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About Us

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation was established in 1955 to encourage private support for the University of Hawaiʻi. Today, it is the central fundraising organization for the UH System providing a range of professional fundraising services to all 10 UH campuses, in addition to managing more than 5,000 gift accounts for the benefit of the university and its students.

The UH Foundation is a private, institutionally related corporation designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. It is a legally separate entity from the University of Hawaiʻi, the UH Alumni Association, and all other UH affiliates. However, the Foundation works closely with these organizations as well as with others in the community exclusively for the benefit of the university.


To inspire giving and partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi by fostering UH pride and passion among donors, alumni and the community.


To unite donors' passions with the University of Hawaiʻi's aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations.


Our values shape our relationships, and guide our thinking and actions. By living our values, we build trust with our fellow employees, our donors, the university and the broader community.

We asked members of our team to share what our organization’s values mean to them, and this is what they shared.