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No major university can grow and excel without a healthy mix of public and private funds. Private contributions leverage public funds and maximize taxpayer dollars. Through partnering with philanthropic investors, our university can sustain excellence and enhance the student experience, making our campuses learning destinations of choice.

Many of the donors who give major gifts to the University of Hawaiʻi do so to support a program, school, or area of study that they believe in. Without exception, their gift has a major impact on our students, faculty and campus community as a whole.

RISE opens to students marking milestone in entrepreneurship, innovation at UH
More than 325 students have become the first residents to move into the new state-of-the-art Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE) student housing facility for the fall 2023 semester.
Koshiba Distinguished Lecturership brings real-world law to the classroom at Hawaiʻi’s law school
The James Koshiba Distinguished Lecturer Endowment enables a member of the Hawaiʻi law community to teach a class at UH Mānoa's William S. Richardson School of Law each year.
Elizabeth Spann Student Enrichment Fund allows students to take advantage of opportunities
Students from UH Mānoa's College of Arts, Languages & Letters (CALL) were able to seize on opportunities to enrich their college experiences because of the Elizabeth Spann Student Enrichment Fund.
Bonner Program makes leaders for community transformation
The Bonner Program aims for meaningful, lasting impact on students and the planet. Students’ learning and networking lead to improved academic performance as well as careers and lives of engagement.
Encouragement and support for future army leaders
ROTC cadets take military science courses alongside their majors at the university. The goal is preparation to be army officers and to train for small unit and organization-level leadership.
Chemistry professor’s wish for students: Joy, not drudgery
“The object of life is to do no work,” Seff said. “I’ve had minimum drudgery and an awful lot of joy."
Crankstart scholarship helps mom achieve degree goals
The Crankstart Foundation Re-entry Scholarship is designed for working adults who've been out of high school for a few, or many, years.
Loving Leeward CC — all the way from Na‘alehu
Many folks who live in isolated districts of Hawai‘i don't realize they can get the same education without impractical expenses of transportation and time.
Grateful alum supports pre-nursing at UH West Oʻahu
Deborah Olson is giving back and helping equip the UHWO pre-nursing program with what it needs to provide an outstanding educational experience to our future nurses.