cover of Principles and PracticesPrinciple 31 from the Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice states:

A charitable organization should provide appropriate training and supervision of the people soliciting funds on its behalf to ensure that they understand their responsibilities and applicable federal, state and local laws, and do not employ techniques that are coercive, intimidating, or intended to harass potential donors.

Here are a few resources that can help you ensure your staff and consultants working with your organization understand their responsibilities and the federal, state and local laws that relate to charitable solicitation.

Charitable Solicitation Compliance Guide

Did you know that your nonprofit may need to register in other states if it is asking for contributions from residents of those states? Or that something as simple as having a "donate now" link on your nonprofit's e-newsletters that go beyond your state's borders may equate to "fundraising solicitation" that triggers a registration obligation in some states? Charitable solicitation laws vary widely from state to state and compliance can be confusing, costly, and time-consuming. Charitable Solicitation Compliance: An explanation of state charitable registration requirements, a new guide from Harbor Compliance and the National Council of Nonprofits, can help your nonprofit navigate the existing maze of state laws that regulate fundraising registration requirements.

Hawaii’s Tax and Charities Division Website

Access the Hawaii Charity Registration Site, for charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Hawaii. The site includes FAQ’s about who is required to register, and step-by-step guides on how to start and complete the registration process and how to submit your annual financial report.

Learn about the Hawaii Professional Fundraising System, which allows you to search and view all the registration data, contracts, and financial reports filed by paid professional solicitors and fundraising counsel that provide services to registered charities soliciting contributions from donors in Hawaii OR register and file annual renewals with the Department of the Attorney General if you are a professional solicitor or fundraiser.

We're Looking for a Few Good Executive Directors! 

The Weinberg Fellows Program is now recruiting for the 2017 class. Executive Directors of health and human-service nonprofits who meet the eligibility requirements listed below are encouraged to complete the application form.

The Opportunity

Would you like a chance to hone your skills, work more closely with other service providers, and carve out some time to consider management issues that keep getting pushed aside by a relentless workload? 

The Weinberg Fellows Program is a series of three multiple-day gatherings for Executive Directors of Hawaii nonprofit organizations. It features learning sessions that blend hands-on skills/experiences, practical information, inspirational speakers, and the chance to explore independent sector issues with peers who quickly become a support network of colleagues and friends. It could be the management enhancement program for you.

Your Board President and other key agency leaders are invited to join you for selected sessions as well. These side-by-side seminars are designed to provide you with opportunities to review key concepts, explore current factors affecting nonprofits, and develop a supportive climate for implementing learning and ideas back on the job.

For more information on the program, click HERE.


Please ask yourself the following four questions to determine whether you are eligible to apply. If your answer to all four questions is "yes," we welcome your application.

(If you answer "no" to any of the questions, we appreciate and thank you for your interest, but you are not eligible for the Weinberg Fellows Program at this time.)

  1. Is your organization currently designated 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service?
  2. Are you the Executive Director of your nonprofit organization? (You may have another title, such as CEO, but you must be the top staff person, reporting to a Board of Directors.)
  3. Are the majority of those your organizations serves disadvantaged residents of Hawai'i? (Preference is given to agencies working in the Foundation's program priority areas, which are aging, basic human needs, self-sufficiency, poverty and hunger relief.)
  4. Are you able to fully participate in all of the sessions listed below?


Executive Directors will be required to attend all of the following, including some possible evening sessions:

  • Session 1: May 23-26
  • Session 2: July 18-21
  • Session 3: August 23-26

If you already know that you cannot attend sessions on any of these dates, please defer your application to a subsequent year. Attendance requirements are stringent and you cannot be certified as a Weinberg Fellow if you do not meet them, whatever the reason.

*All sessions will be held at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Day One and Day Four and at 8:30 a.m. on Day Two and Three. They will usually end by 5 p.m., though an evening activity occasionally may be scheduled. On the final day of each session, ending time is 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; dinner is on your own. We will make double occupancy lodging available for all Neighbor Islanders and Oahu residents with a 50-mile round trip commute or more. Private rooms are available at the Hilton at $150 single supplement per night.


If you meet the criteria and are interested in applying, please click HERE. Part 1 of the application (online) is due by Feb 28, 2017.

Please contact Carlynn Wolfe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions or additional information.

Sector report cover w borderLearn more about Hawaii's large and robust nonprofit sector with HANO's Nonprofit Sector Report.

The new report, first released at the 2016 HANOCON and Awards, provides data about the numbers of nonprofits in Hawaii, nonprofit revenue, subsectors, island distribution, and nonprofit perspectives.

The report also includes nonprofit profiles, an overview of nonprofit trends, and recommended nonprofit sector resources.

To read the full report, click here.

On Nov. 22, a federal district judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Overtime Final Rule, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority.

Barring a last-minute appeal, the overtime rule will NOT go into effect as scheduled on December 1 because of this decision.

At issue is the question of which employees qualify for an exemption from the requirement under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that most employees are entitled to time and a half overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hours in a week. The FLSA exempts from the overtime requirement "any employee employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity," often called the EAP or "white collar" employees. Current regulations require that employees must possess the duties of executives, administrative workers, or professionals and be paid more than a minimum salary. The overtime rule published by the Labor Department in May, and set to go into effect on December 1, would have more than

A HUGE Mahalo to all who participated in and supported HANOCON & Awards 2016. It was a great success. We thank all sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, volunteers and individual donors who helped make this annual convening possible.

Click here to view a selection of photos from the event.

Congratulations to our awardees Lisa Kimura, Hui Maka'ainana o Makana, Barry Taniguchi and Jerry Rauckhorst. All of their tremendous contributions truly inspire us.

If you weren't able to join us in person, you can catch recordings of

Did you miss HANOCON 2016? You're in luck! Recordings of our keynote speaker, Richard C. Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, as well as the Annual Meeting & Awards ceremony can be viewed on 'Olelo 53 during November 2016.

'Olelo Air Dates for HANOCON 2016

Welcome & Keynote: The Importance of Turning Outward
- Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8:00 AM
- Monday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 PM
- Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 AM

Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
- Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 PM
- Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 AM
- Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 PM
- Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:00 PM

Big mahalo to 'Olelo Community Media for providing this service! 

Our 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at NOURISH: HANOCON and Awards 2016.

When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Pomaika'i Ballrooms
735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu

HANO's Annual Meeting is part of your conference registration.

• Welcome: Lisa Maruyama, President & CEO
• HANO Business Meeting: Jan Harada, Board Chair
• Honor outgoing HANO Board members
• Nominating committee report and results of voting
• Introduction of new HANO Board members

Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizational members of HANO are eligible to vote for the board, but EVERYONE is welcome to attend the meeting.

The slate of board members will be emailed to HANO members, along with the election form, in advance of the annual meeting.

If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. Click here to sign-up. Hope to see you there!

Last week HANO announced the Lifetime Achievement Awards, and this week we announce two additional awards that we will celebrate at the HANOCON Awards luncheon. Join us!

Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pomaika'i Ballrooms, 735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu

lisa kimuraThe Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award recognizes an emerging nonprofit leader in Hawaiʻi who exemplifies organizational and professional excellence, community spirit, innovation, personal integrity, and has made an impressive impact on our nonprofit industry. We are proud to present Lisa Kimura with this award.

Lisa Kimura is the executive director of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii (HMHB). At HMHB, she has helped pass legislation, introduced new programs, implemented new fundraising strategies, and expanded Cribs for Kids, a safe sleep education program for parents, statewide to all islands. Lisa was appointed to the Governor's Early Learning Advisory Board and is a member of the Hawaii Maternal & Infant Health Collaborative, Women's Legislative Coalition, Fetal Alcohol Task Force, and Safe Sleep Hawaii.

b0389a23 7576 49f3 b6fe 679582725b6aThe Community Collaborator Award honors a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Hawaiʻi that has shown a commitment to working collaboratively with other organizations (nonprofit, for profit, or government) to scale, leverage synergies and efficiencies and create greater impact in the communities they serve. We are proud to present Hui Maka'ainana O Makana with this award.

Hui Maka'ainana O Makana was formed in 1998 by key members of the native community in Ha'ena. Hui Maka'ainana O Makana is dedicated to perpetuating and teaching the skills, knowledge, and practices of our kupuna through the interpretation, restoration, care, and protection of the natural and cultural resources that are located within the Ha'ena State Park. They have collaborated with many in their community including Ha'ena fishers and elders, local divers, kayak and scuba and businesses, state officials, scientists and resource managers, as well as other rural fishing communities to protect and steward this amazing resource.

Congratulations to Lisa Kimura and Hui Maka'ainana O Makana!

See you at the celebration on Friday, Oct. 7! Secure your seat or table for the awards luncheon by clicking HERE.

If you've already registered for HANOCON 2016, the Awards Luncheon is part of your conference registration.

NOURISH: HANOCON and Awards 2016 is just one month away! Join us for a day of learning, sharing, and networking. Here is a sampling of some of this year's breakout session topics:

The New Leadership Competency
There is one leadership competency that is not only becoming more essential, but as the demand for it increases, the supply for this valuable elixir deceases. In this interactive workshop Bill Coy will not only define and explore this competency, he will provide you with what you need to do to get it!

Engaging in Difficult Conversations: Building Effective Partnerships with Co-Workers, Staff, Board Members and Other Nonprofits
This workshop by Tracy Wiltgen will provide participants with the key tools and steps for engaging in difficult conversations at every level. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to design their own customized plan to apply to a current situation that they are faced with.

Principles of Good Governance & Ethical Practice: A Primer
Join Brian Ezuka, Jennifer Cornish Creed, Patti Look, and Catha Combs to learn about a few essential practices that every organization needs to stay healthy. Presenters will highlight a principle or practice from the Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice in each of the key areas of Legal Compliance, Good Governance, Financial Management, and Ethical Fundraising and share tools and strategies to implement them effectively in your organization.

Financial Accounting Comes Alive
Color Accounting is a new graphical system that makes understanding accounting quick and easy. It's "finance for non-financial leaders". This session will take a boring topic and bring it to life in living color. Mark Robilliard will creatively demonstrate why Accounting Literacy is the under-appreciated foundation upon which all financial literacy and business acumen should be built.

... more information about additional sessions coming soon!

Join us for these great sessions and speakers -- register today for the HANOCON and Awards 2016 by clicking HERE.


Your Membership Is Important: The more nonprofit members HANO has the more effective the Alliance can be on their behalf. To learn more about HANO and to apply for membership, joining more than 270 Hawaii nonprofits who are already members, click  HERE.

TRY HANO's Job Bank

Hire the Best; Find a New Job: HANO's powerful online Job Bank brings Hawaii nonprofit employers and jobseekers together. Employers, post a job or scan candidate resumes. Job hunters, post your resume for FREE and let jobs find you. Check it out − click HERE.

USE HANO Consultants

Let HANO Assist You: We can bring workshops like board governance, budgeting, fund development and advocacy to your nonprofit. We also facilitate conversations and planning sessions and provide other services. For details, click HERE.

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