> Gov. Neil Abercrombie has allocated a capital improvement grant of $1.5 million to the Hilo-based nonprofit Community Based Education Support Services-Friends of Connections. The grant is for the first-phase renovation of the 40,000-square-foot Kress building, which the nonprofit purchased in 2006 to house Connections Public Charter School. The Kualoa-Heeia Ecumenical Youth project, a Kaneohe-based nonprofit, also received a capital improvement grant of $300,000 to upgrade its Kahaluu Multi-Purpose Facility, which houses its educational and recreational opportunities program for neighboring families and children.

> Goodwill Industries of Hawaii has received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support the Career Pathways Program in order to provide career support and employment core services to Native Hawaiians on Hawaii island.

> The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii has raised more than $300,000 for local conservation from 61 businesses in fiscal year 2013. Businesses that gave $10,000 or more were Alaska Airlines, Alexander & Baldwin, ABC Stores, CDF Engineering LLC, Hawaiian Electric Co., Hawaiian Electric Industries, James Campbell Co., Macy's Foundation, Outrigger Enterprises Group, ProService Hawaii, Skyline Eco-Adventures LLC, The Howard Hughes Corp., and the Shidler Family Foundation.

> Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council has given a total of $126,000 in grants to three Hawaii nonprofits. Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice received $65,000 to support a pilot breakfast program for Hawaii’s at-risk elementary school students. Junior Achievement of Hawaii received $36,000 to help the nonprofit add more after-school financial literacy programs. Family Promise of Hawaii received a $25,000 grant, which will fund the nonprofit’s support services for homeless families and individuals at its centers in Kailua and Honolulu.

> Hawaii Bankers Association raised more than $92,000 and collected more than 38,000 pounds of food at bank branches around the state during the recent food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank. More than 275 bank branches statewide participated in the food drive, which ran from April 15 through May 31, to collect food and monetary donations, which were picked up by foodbanks throughout the Islands.

> Blood Bank Hawaii has received a grant of $50,000 from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation that will be used to help purchase a new bloodmobile and to refurbish an old one.

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