Women's Fund of Hawai'i provides funding to organizations with programs for women and girls. We are working towards a day when all women and girls in Hawai'i are safe, financially secure, and empowered to participate fully in their communities. 

While many women are doing well in Hawai'i, far too many women and girls in our state are not. Inequality in Hawai'i is pervasive. Programs to help women and girls exist, but many such programs do not have sufficient funding. They, like the women and girls they serve, receive inequitable resources. This lack of funding for women's and girls' programs in not limited to Hawai'i; throughout the country as a whole, it has been documented that programs serving women and girls receive only seven percent of all philanthropic dollars.

The Fund makes grants to organizations or programs that help the most vulnerable women and girls realize their potential; promote women’s financial security and girls’ strengths and leadership; address the factors that stand the way of women’s success, including violence, adolescent pregnancy, low self-esteem, physical and mental health problems, substance abuse, prostitution, incarceration, immigrant status, homophobia, inadequate childcare, sports inequities, reproductive rights, poverty, disabilities and racism; build on the gifts, strengths and assets of women and girls; and promote their well-being. When women thrive, families and communities flourish.


Women's Fund of Hawai'i issues a Request for Proposal twice annually, in the spring and in the fall. Applications are accepted online via our web site for approximately one month, after which they are scrutinized and thoroughly vetted by our Grants Committee. This Committee consists of up to 11 women community members from a variety of backgrounds, including our Executive Director and Grants Chair (a WFH Board member); certain WFH Board members; women who work or have worked with non-profits and/or grantmaking and writing in Hawai'i, nationally, and internationally; women who hold advanced degrees in public health and social work and law, to name a few. 



American Legion Auxiliary – Aloha Girls State – To conduct a leadership program for girls in their junior year of high school from across the State with the opportunity to go to Congress. The program engages youths from previous year(s) to serve as counselors and intends to engage 20 new participants this year.

Hale Na‘au Pono (Waianae Coast Community Mental Health Center) focuses mainly on Native Hawaiian women and families and will create two mom hui on the Wai‘anae Coast to help support pregnant and postpartum women in the community.

Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking – For the Girls Lead program, which promotes girls’ leadership and gender equity in the filmmaking and creative media arts fields. Stipends will be provided for up to 10 girls. Projects will be screened for public viewing.

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai?i’s (HMHB) program is for mothers of newborn babies. Women’s Fund of Hawai?i’s (WFH) grant will subsidize the program, and preference will be given to low-income and high-risk populations.

Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Iwi – The Malama Na Keiki pilot project educates, encourages, and supports the Hawai‘i Island prenatal population in the adoption of wellness behaviors for the health of the mother, child, and family. Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Iwi will organize a Prenatal Conference open to everyone.

Susan G. Komen Hawai‘i will train 100 trainers in Honolulu, Maui, Hawai‘i and Kaua‘i counties. Trainers will provide Community Breast Health Education Project services to approximately 50 women in their communities per year.

Touch A Heart’s Ho‘ololi Program has a triple bottom line: 12 sheltered homeless women in recovery from drug abuse will prepare for employment and break the cycle of poverty, they will prepare nutritious meals to feed over 5,000 for local soup kitchens, and they will produce high-end branded food products for commercial sale that will generate income to support the program.

Waipahu Community Based Development Organization will upgrade their Women in Change Sewing Center by replacing worn equipment, replenishing supplies, and adding classes to their curriculum, which teaches women a marketable skill (sewing). The Center assists Micronesian women of low to moderate income levels with limited English skills in particular.

Women in Need, WIN on the island of Kaua‘i will assist women escaping domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and prior victimization. Their program will provide specific resources and services to address the safety, economic, housing, and workplace needs of these women.

YWCA of Hawai‘i Island received funds for their program, Becoming Independent 101, an independent living skills curriculum for incarcerated women at Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center. The curriculum will cover topics such as job seeking, women’s health, family planning, and more.



‘Ohana Makamae - Their Keiki Makamae program is focused primarily on assisting women with children and expectant moms. Childcare will be provided for Hana, Maui moms so they can attend Wellness Workshops, WFH funds will cover fees associated with the workshops, and playground equipment will be purchased for the keiki.

Family Hui Hawai‘i (FHH) will build protective factors—such as resilience, social connections, parenting strategies, and child development knowledge—against child abuse and neglect in women and girls and develop women as community leaders through Hui Parenting Groups. FHH will continue the work funded by WFH in 2016 on Lana‘i, launch a second hui on that island, and start a hui on Kaua‘i.

Family Promise of Hawai‘i’s program is aimed at households headed by women with children to improve their job readiness, budgeting and other financial skills in order to successfully achieve self-sufficiency. Their culturally sensitive financial literacy program will prepare participants to find employment, create monthly budgets, and save.

Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice will provide 18 family law clinics and consultation with family court lawyers to 100 imprisoned women, to assist in meeting their legal needs, e.g. preparing and processing divorces, guardianships, powers of attorney, etc. WFH funds will also be used to publish an online re-entry guidebook for previously incarcerated people in Hawai‘i and their families.

Hawai‘i Island HIV/AIDS will modify their current SISTAH Program, a prevention/intervention program designed to empower women of all ages to use positive life skills to protect themselves against HIV, hepatitis, and other STDs. The “new” program will be multigenerational and involve the women’s support circles and/or ohana.

HUGS Help, Understanding & Group Support for Hawai‘i’s Seriously Ill Children. HUGS' Peer Support and Respite Activities for Moms will serve 100 mothers of children with a variety of life-threatening illnesses. HUGS will coordinate 12 monthly Moms’ Nights and 12 monthly Respite Events for mothers of seriously ill children on O‘ahu.

Malama Na Makua A Keiki (Malama Family Recovery Center) received funding for their Malama Early Learning Center (ELC), which provides free childcare in a healthy, safe environment while mothers participate in treatment to recover from drug and alcohol abuse. ELC services improve children’s physical, developmental, educational and emotional wellbeing.

Pacific Survivor Center (PSC) will establish an Immigrant Domestic Violence Program to assist immigrant females who are victims of domestic violence and require healthcare services while awaiting visa approval. This group cannot normally access many services because of their legal status. WFH funding will allow PSC to formalize a program that has up until now provided services on an ad hoc basis.

Read To Me International conducts Haku Mo‘olelo (“Compose Stories”), an exciting and ambitious prison project for women, at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua. The incarcerated women write and illustrate their own stories; and record them for their children. WFH funds will cover supplies, books and journals, publishing costs, and honoraria for instructors and author guest speakers.

Winners’ Camp Foundation’s proven self-esteem program will serve approximately 30 young women aged 13 - 18 who currently live within the foster care system. The participants have been identified by their foster families, teachers, or social workers as young women in special need of self-esteem strengthening, leadership and independent decision-making skills training, stronger emotional coping skills, and better communication skills, especially with foster family members and teachers.