Silver Linings: Learning from Failure & Building Resilience

"I'm thankful for my struggle because without it, I wouldn't have stumbled upon my strength." -Alexandra Elle

Join us on December 1 for our last event of the year, HANO's annual meeting and awards luncheon, Silver Linings. We will explore how failures can be transformative when we look for the silver linings and build our resilience.

We'll celebrate and acknowledge nonprofit leaders who are demonstrating excellence in our sector and hear tales of epic failure and unanticipated positive results. Our featured guests who will share their personal stories are Beth Whitehead of American Savings Bank, José Fajardo of Hawaii Public Radio, and Noelani Kalipi of Kohala Institute along with our master of ceremonies, Jim Murphy of Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.

The same morning, we'll be holding our 4th Nonprofit Board Leadership Institute from 8:30 to 11:30am, for anyone wanting to learn more about best practices in nonprofit board service.

Paper timesheets, manual payroll calculations, reports compiled by hand—some nonprofits in Hawaii still do things the old school way. Others have hired mainland payroll service providers with mainland customer support hours and a lack of familiarity with Hawaii law. Either way, for many organizations, payroll is a costly area of inefficiency.

To meet the complex challenges of payroll administration, simplicityHR by ALTRES developed HR Symphony®, an enterprise-level human resources information system. HR Symphony® includes modules useful for local nonprofit organizations to manage mission-critical tasks like administrative cost calculations, grant costing and fiscal reporting. By harnessing the power of technology, HR Symphony® helps organizations save time, ensure accuracy, maintain compliance, establish consistency, and even facilitate future grant proposals.

Learn more about the benefits of HR Symphony® for nonprofit payroll.

Join us for an informational brown bag session about how HR Symphony® can help Hawaii nonprofits free up time and get back to the things that make an impact on the mission at hand.

Simplify Your Payroll and Grant Process Workshop
sponsored by simplicityHR by ALTRES

Thursday, June 8, 2017
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk
Free validated parking; lunch provided

Advanced registration is required by Thursday, May 25.

» Click here to register



"As stewards of the public’s trust and the resources invested in an organization, board members (and staff) have an obligation to ensure that the organization uses its resources as effectively as possible to advance its charitable mission." –Principles For Good Governance and Ethical Practice


The board should establish and review regularly the organization’s mission and goals and should evaluate, no less frequently than every five years, the organization’s programs, goals, and activities to be sure they advance its mission and make prudent use of its resources.

Please join us for a conversation with Tim Delaney of the National Council of Nonprofits, to discuss the latest in federal budget changes and how the nonprofit sector and our partners will fare in this new paradigm.

We'll start the morning with an update by Tim--Urgent Threats: What's at Risk for Nonprofits, Foundations, and our partners in the New Policy Landscape? The 2016 elections altered the faces--and often the philosophies--of policy players at local, state, and federal governments. Charitable nonprofits, foundations, and our partners collectively face urgent threats challenging our work, and even existence. This presentation will connect various policy dots, explore how these issues will affect our work, and bolster us in standing for our missions.

And then we want to hear from you. During the Town Hall, we need your help to inventory federal budget cuts and their potential impacts in Hawai'i, and contribute to a forward-looking discussion to keep our communities thriving.

HANO has partnered with publisher Columbia Books & Information Services to conduct a large scale nonprofit compensation survey for Hawaii nonprofits. Nonprofit members of HANO that participated in the survey receive a free copy of the report. Non-member nonprofits that participate in the survey are eligible to purchase a copy of the report at a discounted price.

If you are unsure whether your organization is a member of HANO, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is the 2017 Hawai'i Nonprofit Salary Survey?

Prepared and produced by experts with over 30 years of experience conducting compensation reports, this annual salary survey is designed specifically for nonprofits. It is the fastest and easiest-to-use salary survey available. With over 100 job descriptions, a quick and easy interface and a robust support team behind it, taking the survey is easy, and the resulting report will be a tremendous help to your nonprofit.

What does the report include?

  • Hard data to use to analyze your nonprofit's salary structure
  • Specific market salary information for over 100 positions. Easy-to-read charts include median salaries, average salaries and more
  • Changes in nonprofit pay levels from one year to the next
  • Salary differences by non-profit type, budget, and staff size
  • All-new enhanced benefits section

What past participants have said about the survey:

"As a participant I found the survey was easy to take and didn't consume a lot of my time. The resulting report is going to be a valuable tool for myself and our board of directors"
- Linda Elliot, President, Hawaii Wildlife Center

"The survey contained so many options under job positions - it was easy to find and list our staff salaries"
- Bryce Chitwood, Director of Operations, Central Christian Camp

We hope that you will contribute to this vital study. Participation is free and all results are confidential. We encourage you to forward this information to other organizations you think might be interested.

How much does it cost?

The full report is free participating HANO members, $75 for HANO members who did not participate, $75 for non-members who participated, and $150 for non-members who did not participate.

Feel free to contact with any questions.

Join us to learn more about and discuss what it means to "Turn Outward" and more authentically connect with, listen to, and engage with the communities we serve.

Back by popular demand, Rich Harwood of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation will return to continue the conversation started during his keynote address at NOURISH: HANOCON and Awards 2016.

Missed HANOCON? You can view a recording of Rich's talk on 'Olelo Community Media (starts at the 22:00 minute mark).

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.


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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