KRHCAI one of 168 non-profits to receive Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant

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Hawaii Community Foundation’s FLEX grant program donated $4.2 million to nonprofits in 2014
Lorin Eleni Gill, Reporter, Pacific Business News (modified slightly by KRHCAI to report grant receipt).

KRHCAI receives grant to help support Ka’u Rural Health Academy Educational programs.  

“The Hawaii Community Foundation’s FLEX grant program gave approximately $4.2 million to 168 nonprofit organizations statewide this year.

As its name suggests, the two-year-old FLEX program provides grants that can be spent flexibly, for expenses such as operating and program costs or salaries. Traditionally, grants and donations often come with restrictions or expiration dates.
The nonprofits selected for FLEX grants were deemed “high-performing” organizations by the foundation. Funding was given to nonprofits in good financial standing, those that demonstrated how they are meeting important community needs, and those that provided evidence of their effectiveness.

“In 2014, over half of the grantees reported that the FLEX grant helped their organization to significantly increase their responsiveness to the community and improve the effectiveness of their programs,” said Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of the Hawaii Community Foundation. “The recognition that their organizations are high-performing based on the criteria has been a real morale boost as well.”

Last year, 176 local nonprofits shared $2.9 million during the first round of FLEX funding.

National surveys show that nonprofit organizations rate unrestricted funds as one of the most useful types of donations. Taketa told PBN that he expects the FLEX program to grant more than $4.5 million in 2015, and HCF is seeking more donors to grow the program.

Current contributors to the FLEX program include the Omidyar Ohana Fund, Group 70 Foundation, and the Ewa Beach Community Fund.

Community-based groups, fiscally sponsored projects and public or charter schools are also eligible to apply.
Find more information online here.”

A list of the 168 grant recipients are listed below:
Hawaiian Humane Society
Maui Humane Society
Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Ballet Hawaii
Bamboo Ridge Press
Chamber Music Hawaii
East Hawaii Cultural Council
Friends of the Palace Theater
Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts
Hawaii Alliance for Arts in Education
Hawaii International Film Festival
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Performing Arts Company Ltd.
Hawaii Theatre Center
Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society
Historic Hawaii Foundation
Honolulu Academy of Arts dba Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Hula Preservation Society
Kauai Academy of Creative Arts
Kahilu Theatre Foundation
Kona Historical Society
Lahaina Arts Association
Lanai Culture & Heritage Center
Lyman House Memorial Museum
Manoa Heritage Center
Maui Academy of Performing Arts
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Na Kalai Waa
Pohaha I Ka Lani
Waialua Community Association, Inc.
Waimea Arts Council
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Hawaii Peace and Justice
Lawyers for Equal Justice
Native Hawaiian Legal Corp.
Community Development
Aha Hui E Kala
Haleiwa Main Street
Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development
Hawaii First Community Ventures
Kailua Village Business Improvement District Inc.
Kauai Planning and Action Alliance
North Kohala Community Resource Center
Papakolea Community Development Corp.
PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii)
Crime & Legal-related
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
After-School All-Stars Hawaii
Aloha School Early Learning Center Inc.
Assets School
Bright Beginning Preschool
Book Trust
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawaii Inc.
E Malama I Na Keiki O Lanai Preschool
Hanalani Schools
Hawaii Island Hoops Inc.
Hawaii HomeOwnership Center
Hawaii Literacy Inc.
Hawaii Meth Project Inc.
Hawaii Public Television Foundation dba PBS Hawaii
Hawaii State Science Olympiad
Hoomaka Hou Learning Center
Ho Okako O Corp.
Hoa Aina O Makaha
Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture
Kau Rural Health Community Association Inc.
Kona Pacific Public Charter School
Lanai Union Church
Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike Building Program
Maui Preparatory Academy
Mid-Pacific Institute
Pacific and Asian Affairs Council
Rainbow School
Small World Preschool
State of Hawaii DOE – Ewa Makai Middle School
State of Hawaii DOE – Waialua High & Intermediate School
Teach for America
Three Ring Ranch Inc.
Waioli Corp.
Waimea Education Hui
Hawaii Forest Institute
Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
Malama Maunalua
Malama Pupukea-Waimea
National Tropical Botanical Garden
The North Shore Community Land Trust
Trust for Public Land
Environment – Sustainability
Hiipaka LLC
KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance
Kailapa Community Association
Sustainable Molokai
The Green House
The Kohala Center Inc.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Hawaii Aquaculture and Aquaponics Association
Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture
Lihue Lutheran Church
Health Care
Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent Aids
Hawaii Primary Care Association
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii
Ho ola Lahui Hawaii
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
Lanai Community Health Center
Life’s Bridges Hawaii Inc.
Life Foundation
Palolo Chinese Home
Planned Parenthood of Hawaii
Project Vision Hawaii
Waimanalo Health Center
West Hawaii Community Health Center
Housing & Shelter
Gregory House Programs
Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii
Human Services
Alternative Structures International
Best Buddies International Inc.
Big Island Mediation Inc.
Child and Family Service
Easter Seals Hawaii
Family Promise of Hawaii
Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii Inc.
Full Life
Hale Kipa Inc.
Hawaii Canines for Independence Inc.
Hawaii Foodbank
Hawaii Island Adult Care Inc.
HOPE Services Hawaii Inc.
Hospice of Hilo
HUGS – Help, Understanding Group Support
Imua Family Services
Kuikahi Mediation Center Inc.
Kula No Na Poe Hawaii
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
Malama Pono Health Services
Maui Family Support Services Inc.
Na Hoaloha Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Partners in Development Foundation
PATCH (People Attentive to Children)
The Maui Farm Inc.
The Mediation Center of the Pacific
VASH Hawaii Island
Waikiki Community Center
Waipahu Aloha Club
YWCA of Kauai
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Aloha House Inc.
Bobby Benson Center
Hale Hookupaa
Hawaii Families As Allies
Kumpang Lanai dba Coalition for a Drug Free Lanai
Lokahi Treatment Centers
Love the Journey Inc.
Mental Health America of Hawaii
Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center Inc.
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking
Hands in Helping Out Inc.
The People’s Fund
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief
American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter
Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization
Recreation & Sports
Leeward Steelers
Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club
Youth Development
BizGym Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii Inc.
Boy Scouts of America Council
Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island
Camp Hale Koa Association
Kapaa United Church of Christ
Kihei Youth Center Inc.
Maui Huliau Foundation
Paia Youth Council Inc.
The Estria Foundation
Lorin Eleni Gill covers health care, nonprofits and the University of Hawaii for Pacific Business News.

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