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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I apply to the Foundation for funding?

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited proposals, and we are uncertain as to when this might change. We recognize the substantial amount of time and resources required to prepare and submit a grant proposal and believe that no organization should waste valuable time submitting a proposal that we will not be able to consider.

Why isn’t the Foundation accepting proposals?

Rather than accepting unsolicited proposals, the Foundation develops a grantmaking strategy and then asks potential organizations who could help implement the strategy to consider partnering with them.

Who is the Foundation currently funding?

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation provides funding to organizations that fall into six program areas: Environment, Field Building, First Generation Partners, Hope for Kids, Housing for Families and Humanitarian Relief. Please read our Grantmaking Guidelines for additional details.

Who was the benefactor?

Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation was founded by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback who, in her words, “found great happiness on the islands of Hawaiʻi” and wished “to return the generosity of the islands.” Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States and established a home in Honolulu. Helga was actively involved in Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation until her passing in 1997.

What does the name of the Foundation mean and where did that name come from?

In Hawaiian, Hauʻoli Mau Loa means “eternal happiness.” Helga Glaesel-Hollenback selected the name to reflect her hopes for the Foundation’s impact.

Why were the current board members selected?

Two of the Foundation’s founding board members knew the Foundation’s benefactor well and worked with her on Foundation related matters. In 2011, the Foundation’s executive director was asked to serve on the Board, given her role. The three-person Board then began a process to add two additional members to the Board who added to the expertise and experience of the Board and whose work and values aligned with the Foundation’s. In November 2014 a fourth member was added and in June 2016 the Foundation had its full complement of five board members serving. The Founding board members have indicated dates in which they will be transitioning from their role as governing members of the Board. New directors will be identified and recruited in a manner similar to the process used to add the board members in 2014 and 2016. Board members all serve terms. Board members, other than founding board members and the Foundation executive director, have term limits.

What is the Foundation’s geographic service area?

The Foundation concentrates its giving in Hawaiʻi, with some funding provided to organizations outside the state, working on issues internationally.

What if I still have questions about the Foundation?

Please call us or email us with questions you might have about the Foundation. Our contact information is listed in the Contact Us section of the website.

Other Resources

The following are resources that we have found useful:

HANO is a nonprofit organization in Hawaiʻi that is committed to strengthening the nonprofit sector. Its website contains resources from Hawai‘i and national sources and includes a job bank.

Blue Avocado is an online magazine for nonprofits that is full of interesting and useful articles. It’s self-description says, “practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.”

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Job Bank features jobs, internships, and volunteer positions for emerging and seasoned professionals.