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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.

Opening Doors for Graduate Students

“A big mahalo to the donors who help graduate students like me with their research!” —Aurora Tsai, applied linguistics student at UH Mānoa

Confocal Microscope Turns Science into Art

Corals are beautiful when seen through your own eyes in sunlight, but for UH Mānoa scientists, seeing corals in this manner is not enough. Watch the video.

Coming Full Circle

When Walter and Diane Dods created an endowed scholarship fund, they didn’t realize that their investment would provide a personal return of incalculable value.

Study Abroad: A Journey of a Lifetime

“I have gained a global perspective and feel ready to meet the challenges of the future, as a person and as a leader... I feel I have really built a bridge between myself and Southeast Asia, and I now have friends all over the world.”

The Art and Joy of Giving Back

Without scholarships and Pell I would have never been able to pursue my goals. Even though my situation was pretty dire, I was determined to explore a new career and study at Kaua‘i CC.

Carl and Alice Daeufer

The Daeufers dedicated their careers to education and while Alice passed away in 2004, through her and Carl's generous Hawai'i philanthropy they have ensured that the College of Education can offer students the support they need to become good educators.

Naming shelves to fill them with books

"Our son visited the Library Learning Commons last January. He told me, ‘It’s a beautiful building Mom, but there are many empty shelves.’” —Angela Meixell

33 Years of Service and Still Giving

While UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agricultrure and Human Resources (CTAHR) alumna Allene Chun retired in 2010 after serving UH for nearly 33 years.

Celebrating Dr. Jagdish Prasad Sharma

This spring Sheri Lyles’ art was showcased at the UH Mānoa Art Gallery in the final step to receiving her MFA in May.