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 participate in the survey will receive a free copy of the report. Non-member nonprofits that participate in the survey will be eligible to purchase a copy of the report at a discounted price.

To register to participate in the 2017 survey, please visit:

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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.

Why participate?

  • It’s fast, easy, and FREE. Clear job descriptions make matching your positions simple and straightforward.
  • The survey is specific to nonprofits like yours. You can compare your organization’s staff salary levels to those of similar organizations.
  • The more participants we have, the better the data will be. High participation produces robust results, benefiting both nonprofits and those seeking to work in the nonprofit sector in our state.
  • The results will help you and your organization set fair and competitive compensation – the key to hiring and maintaining valuable employees.

What will the final 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

Your Questions Answered:

  • Who fills out the survey? Primarily HR or finance executives at associations and nonprofits, but if you don’t have a dedicated HR or finance staff person, your executive director would be the most appropriate person to complete the survey.
  • Is it difficult? No. The user interface is designed for easy input of compensation information. A support team will be available for troubleshooting.
  • Is it secure? Absolutely. The user interface is encrypted and password protected.
  • What if I filled this out last year? If you participated since 2014, the survey will “remember” your responses from the last time, which will make filling the survey out much easier!
  • Is there a cost? It is 100% free to fill out the survey, and if you are a HANO member you will receive a free copy of the final report (participating non-members can purchase at a 50% discount).

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.

When will the report be available and how much will it cost?

The report will be available in June. 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.

To register to participate in this year’s survey, please visit:

Feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

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! 


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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