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.
Recent Impact Stories
Shidler College of Business undergraduate students hoping for internships, employment opportunities and career training can now do it in style thanks to a $200,000 naming gift from HouseMart, the company that operates Ace Hardware, Ben Franklin Crafts and Daiso Hawaiʻi retail stores.
Wakaba Kai was organized as a club at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 1927, when the school’s Dean of Women felt a need for ethnic organizations celebrating and perpetuating different cultures on campus.
Now in her last semester before transferring to UH Mānoa, she credits the program’s donors for allowing her to continue her education. “It wouldn’t be possible if not for supporters of this program.”
There’s so much to learn. When you travel to a new place, all the things that you’ve studied become real.
The celebration ended a 15-year quest for much-needed space to provide practical training for law students while simultaneously serving members of the community in need of access to justice.
For 50 years, the College Opportunities Program (COP) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has created an alternative pathway for for approximately 3,800 Hawaiʻi students who had the drive to enter university but may not have met the minimum requirements.
Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students were awarded the Audrey S. Furukawa Study Abroad Scholarship for fall 2019. The scholarship was created to provide UH Hilo students with an opportunity to begin their global education.
A decades old promise has turned into a donation to the Hawai‘i Community College Learning Center.
Forward-thinking in business and giving - Y. Hata has a long history of supporting education in Hawai‘i, and an even longer history of delivering food products and restaurant supplies to Hawai‘i businesses.