Scholars Honored for Epitomizing Island Values
by Josh Levinson

It is graduation season and, in coming weeks, valedictorians will be honored for their academic prowess at commencement ceremonies throughout Hawaiʻi. We congratulate these students on their accomplishments.

And we believe there is more to being a "scholar" than good grades and high test scores. Across our islands, there are students who demonstrate the very things that make Hawaiʻi special—they care for their families and communities, understand who they are as individuals, honor their past, and cherish this place like a loved one. Yet our schools consistently give out awards for academic performance and extracurricular involvement, but less frequently recognize students for who they are as people—for their character and commitment to the things that make us proud to be of Hawaiʻi.

Volunteers have your back; do you have theirs?
by Cheri Kishimoto, CVM

loyal to your cause
volunteers give skills and time
show them gratitude

So much uncertainty surrounds our financial future in the sector, bringing to light our need for more sustainable alternative resources. While nothing can replace money for certain expenses, we need to consider how we can forward our mission by utilizing other resources, perhaps some human resources. Not only do volunteers help you accomplish tasks, they also advocate for your mission, involve their friends and family, and some will even donate to your agency. Volunteers can add huge value to your organization if you know how to cultivate and connect with these caring individuals and groups.

Goodwill Hawaii has FREE Tax Filing locations open across the state (O'ahu, Big Island, Maui, Kaua'i) through April 1, 2017 to assist qualified individuals and families with their 2016 tax returns. Appointments can be pre-scheduled online; walk-ins will also be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

CLICK HERE for more information on locations, operating hours, and appointment scheduling.

The HIHO Fellows is an eight week program created by Hands in Helping Out (HIHO). Offered to those in the field of volunteer leadership, the program focuses on developing skills to help you lead, organize, recruit, retain and inspire volunteers. HIHO Fellows is the only locally based program offering this unique training for volunteer leaders. Curriculum consists of a 2.5 hour class that occurs once a week starting on March 4, 2017.

The fellowship is open to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Those who currently serve at a nonprofit that utilizes volunteers.
  • Able to participate in all listed course dates (view them here).
  • Those wanting to learn more about the field of Volunteer Leadership.

Only 8-10 applicants will be invited to participate once the selection process has concluded.

Deadline for applications is February 15, 2017.

For more information on coursework and criteria, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) has expressed strong opposition to the latest attempts to politicize charities and foundations, including legislation reintroduced by Rep. Walter Jones (H.R. 172), and proposed by Sen. James Lankford (S.264) and Reps. Steve Scalise and Jody Hice (H.R. 781), that would alter longstanding federal law that protects charitable nonprofits and foundations – and the donating public – by preventing them from engaging in partisan, election-related activities.

Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released the following statement:

"Nonpartisanship is vital to the work of charitable nonprofits. It enables organizations to address community challenges, and invites the problem-solving skills of all residents, without the distractions of party labels and the caustic partisanship that is bedeviling our country. Indeed, current law is the reason that charitable nonprofits are safe havens from politics, a place where people can come together to actually solve community problems rather than just posture and remain torn apart.

"Although all of these latest proposals are couched in terms relating to churches, in truth the underlying law is Section 501(c)(3) in the Tax Code, which relates to all charitable nonprofits and foundations. For more than six decades, the law now being attacked has protected charitable nonprofits and foundations from being pressured by politicians and paid political operatives to divert their time and resources away from advancing their missions in local communities. That law has a proven track record of working well to protect against politicization.

"Nonprofits are already free to exercise their First Amendment rights to advocate for their missions. Allowing political operatives to push for endorsements would put nonprofits in a position where they become known as Democratic charities or Republican charities and put missions at risk.

"Furthermore, those who donate to nonprofits want those contributions to go toward advancing the mission, not toward advancing the careers of politicians or lining the pockets of political consultants. Getting involved in supporting or opposing candidates will have a chilling effect on contributions on which many nonprofits rely.

"While we appreciate the concern for the nonprofit sector expressed by sponsors of the bills, more productive outlets for their concern would be:

  • Guaranteeing a seat at the table in upcoming policy discussions for a sector that employs more than 10 percent of the American workforce;
  • Preserving and expanding charitable giving incentives in any tax reform measure that is considered; and
  • Considering the ramifications of domestic spending cuts on organizations that serve as the backbone of our communities and are already heavily subsidizing governments at all levels.

"Nonprofits across our country look forward to continuing their vital work caring for returning soldiers, educating children, rebuilding cities, training the workforce, nursing the sick, supporting our elders, elevating the arts, mentoring our youth, protecting natural resources, nurturing our souls, and much more, but on a nonpartisan basis."

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First Foundation Inc. invites qualified applicants to apply to its Supporting Our Communities initiative for 2017. The purpose of the initiative is to help charitable organizations increase their capacity for sustainable growth.

Description of Support:

  • Up to 40 grantees will receive a cash commitment up to $5,000.
  • In addition, 20 of the grantees will receive in-kind consulting services. Consulting services include:
    • Board development, including training management and board members how to recruit new and effective directors or trustees;
    • Fund raising, including donor presentations, professional advisor and centers of influence presentations; donor cultivation events, and gift planning design;
    • Design and development of critical policies and protocols, including
      • Comprehensive gift policies, including policies focused on planned giving;
      • Endowment policies;
      • Investment policies;
      • Cash management and reserve policies;
    • Strategic and long-range planning;
    • Branding and marketing.

Application Procedure:

  • Organizations are invited to submit the online application found on First Foundation's website 
  • To be eligible for consideration, the organization must be a public charity operating within Southern and Northern California, Las Vegas, or Hawaii
  • All applications are due by January 30, 2017

In 2017, will you host events that benefit LGBTQ+ nonprofits or have a strong social or educational component that brings our community together in new ways?

The Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation invites you to share these activities to be included on its LGBTQ+ Community Calendar and through its social media channels.

The LGBTQ+ Community Calendar is a service offered to the community as part of the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundation's mission to support, empower, unify and facilitate LGBTQ individuals and organizations in Hawaii.

Send your event and program information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to include event flyers if you have them.

During a caucus meeting on Nov. 22., the Hawaii State House of Representatives Majority named its 2017 Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs.

A new committee, Intrastate Commerce, will focus on regulations and licensing of Hawaii businesses such as banking, telecommunications and property insurance.

House Leaders, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs are:

Speaker: Joseph M. Souki
Speaker Emeritus: Calvin K.Y. Say
Vice Speaker: John M. Mizuno
Majority Leader: Scott K. Saiki
Majority Floor Leader: Cindy Evans
Majority Policy Leader: Marcus R. Oshiro
Majority Whip: Ken Ito
Assistant Majority Leaders:
Chris Lee
Dee Morikawa
Roy M. Takumi

Agriculture (AGR)
Chair: Richard Creagan
Vice Chair: Lynn DeCoite

Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC)
Chair: Angus L.K. McKelvey
Vice Chair: Linda Ichiyama

Economic Development & Business (EDB)
Chair: Mark M. Nakashima
Vice Chair: Jarrett Keohokalole

Education (EDN)
Chair: Roy M. Takumi
Vice Chair: Sharon E. Har

Energy & Environmental Protection (EEP)
Chair: Chris Lee
Vice Chair: Nicole Lowen

Finance (FIN)
Chair: Sylvia Luke
Vice Chair: Ty J.K. Cullen

Health (HLT)
Chair: Della Au Belatti
Vice Chair: Bertrand Kobayashi
Higher Education (HED)
Chair: Justin H. Woodson
Vice Chair: Mark J. Hashem

Housing (HSG)
Chair: Tom Brower
Vice Chair: Nadine Nakamura

Human Services (HUS)
Chair: Dee Morikawa
Vice Chair: To be announced

Intrastate Commerce (IAC)
Chair: Takashi Ohno
Vice Chair: Isaac W. Choy

Judiciary (JUD)
Chair: Scott Y. Nishimoto
Vice Chair: Joy San Buenaventura

Labor & Public Employment (LAB)
Chair: Aaron Ling Johanson
Vice Chair: Daniel Holt

Legislative Management (LMG)
Chair: Bertrand Kobayashi
Vice Chair: John M. Mizuno

Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs (OMH)
Chair: Kaniela Ing
Vice Chair: Cedric Gates

Public Safety (PBS)
Chair: Gregg Takayama
Vice Chair: Matthew S. LoPresti

Tourism (TOU)
Chair: Richard H.K. Onishi
Vice Chair: James Kunane Tokioka

Transportation (TRN)
Chair: Henry J.C. Aquino
Vice Chair: Sean Quinlan

Veterans, Military & International Affairs & Culture and the Arts (VMI)
Chair: Ken Ito
Vice Chair: James Kunane Tokioka

Water and Land (WAL)
Chair: Ryan I. Yamane
Vice Chair: Sam Satoru Kong

The official announcement can be viewed here.

During December 2016, Alexandra Barker will conduct a series of free webinars about how to access and utilize Census Bureau Statistics. The series includes both introductory and advance classes.

Please find the list of classes below and register using the links provided. Registration is limited and will be available on a fist-come first-served basis.

These webinars will not be available on for registration.

The examples used during the webinars will primarily target MA, NH, ME and VT, however, the skills and resources provided are applicable to all areas in the country.

If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Making Sense of the American Community Survey
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to neighborhood level (tract and block group) using the American FactFinder. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS datasets and topics, and a demonstration of accessing data using American FactFinder.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Data on a Deadline: Quick Access Tools and Reports
Looking for statistics at your fingertips? Learn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at that can quickly provide a snapshot of you community. During this training you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through live exercises and instruction using tools such as QuickFacts, Easy Stats, Community Facts (AFF), Voting Hot Reports, Census Business Builder, QWI and more.

Host: Alexandra Barker & Eric Coyle
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART I - Your Community by the Numbers: Intro to American Fact Finder
This workshop is designed for novice data users who would like to become familiar with accessing key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators from the American Community Survey using the American FactFinder tool. Participants will learn how to access statistics for areas down to the city/town level.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART II - You Neighborhood by the Numbers: Advanced American FactFinder for Tracts and Block Groups
This workshop is designed for data users who are already familiar with ACS datasets and the American FactFinder tool. You will learn how to access key demographic, socioeconomic and housing indicators for non-traditional geographies such as tracts, block groups, and blocks. Users will be able to utilize these geographies to define neighborhoods and service areas and create community profiles and basic maps.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

During this webinar you will learn how to utilize the mapping features available in the American FactFinder. Basic instructions will also be provided during the Advanced AFF webinar. MAPLAB will give you an opportunity to explore it more extensively.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Getting to Know The Ferrett: DataFerrett for Accessing Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS)
Attend this training to learn how to access American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), and customize tables using Data Ferrett. Participants will also learn how to cross-tabulate and modify variables to fulfill specific requirements of a project. Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your usage demands.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

OnTheMap: Where are the Jobs?
This workshop is designed for data users who want to research local workforce and employment trends. During this training you will learn how to use the OnTheMap tool, which is a web-based mapping and reporting application that shows where workers are employed and where they live. It also provides companion reports on age, earnings, industry distributions, race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and sex.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Friday, December 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART I - Race by the Numbers
Learn about how to access Census and American Community Survey data about race, ethnicity, foreign born and ancestry groups using a variety of online tools available at During this training you will learn about what how the Census Bureau collects and publishes data on these topics, as well how to access and download tables, and creates maps.
This webinar is divided in five parts. It is not required that you attended all five sessions, but recommended that you attend at least the 2 general sessions (Race and Foreign Born & Ancestry classes)

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART II - Hispanics by the Numbers
Host: Alexandra Barker & Eric Coyle
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART III - Foreign born and Ancestry by the Numbers
Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART IV - Asians by the Numbers
Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

PART V - African Americans by the Numbers
Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Census Reporter: Data access for Journalists
Census Reporter is a free online tool that makes it easier for journalists and other data users to write stories and grants using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Place profiles and comparison pages provide a friendly interface for navigating data, including visualizations for a more useful first look. Census Reporter also offers handy tools for data comparison and makes it easy to create exports for further analysis in tabular or GIS formats. Census Reporter is a Knight News Challenge-funded project.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Statistics in Schools
Statistics in Schools is a free online resource for teachers and educators to introduce their students to the value and everyday use of statistics. During this webinar participants will explore standards-aligned classroom-ready activities and learn about the different resources available.

Host: Alexandra Barker & Eric Coyle
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

OnTheMap for Emergency Management
OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas.

Host: Alexandra Barker and Jeremy McMaster
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Spreading the Wealth: Accessing Income and Poverty Statistics
In this webinar you will learn the basics of the Income & Poverty topic and receive an illustration of various easy-to-use data tools to retrieve data on this topic. You will also see maps that examine some key statistics related to income & poverty.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Business Statistics: Census Business Builder
Find out how the Census Bureau measures key information about businesses and industries in this overview of the Economic Census and other economic programs. You will learn how to access statistics on the characteristics of business owners, the number of businesses in a given industry, sales, receipts, payroll, and much more using our new application: Census Business Builder. This training is designed for business people interested in growing their business, raising their awareness of the local community and local competition, researching site locations, among many other uses.

Host: Alexandra Barker
Date: Friday, January 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)


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