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20 Local Nonprofits Receive $1 Million Donation from Bank of Hawaii and Its Employees

Monday, January 10, 2011

Honolulu, Hawaii  – Bank of Hawaii employees raised more than $470,000 during the bank’s inaugural Employee Giving Campaign throughout October 2010 to benefit 20 local nonprofit organizations. Themed “Making a Difference,” employees were allowed to choose the 20 organizations to be included in the campaign.

The 20 selected nonprofits are:
    Aloha United Way
    Alzheimer’s Association, Aloha Chapter
    American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter
    Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council
    Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
    Child & Family Service
    Friendly Isle United Fund
    Good Beginnings Alliance
    Hawaii Foodbank, Inc.
    Hawaii Island United Way
    Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels
    Hawaii Meth Project
    Hawai‘i Nature Center
    Hawaiian Humane Society
    Hospice Hawai‘i
    Kauai United Way
    Maui United Way
    PBS Hawaii “Hiki No”
    Salvation Army, Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Div.
    Teach for America

BOH employees and retirees were able to donate to one organization or spread their donation among many. Their efforts were supplemented by an additional $530,000 from Bank of Hawaii to celebrate the success of this inaugural campaign. Donations were awarded during a luncheon today, and ranged from $5,000 to more than $280,000 for each of the beneficiary organizations.

Peter Ho, Bank of Hawaii chairman and CEO, said, “The 20 beneficiaries are great representatives of the terrific work that the not-for-profit community does every day. They are hugely important to so many people in our community. I’m proud of the support our employees have made to their efforts.”

Dick Grimm, president of Hawaii Foodbank, Inc., said, “Speaking for the more than 183,000 needy individuals we feed each year, I want to thank the Bank of Hawaii ‘ohana for their generous and caring donations so that we can continue to fulfill our mission of making sure that no one in our state ‘ohana goes hungry.”

Leslie Wilcox, president and CEO of PBS Hawaii, said, “As individuals, these employees know and love Hawaii, and they’re making a smart and generous investment with their heart. Corporately, for Bank of Hawaii, what a great example of living up to one’s name! We nonprofits will honor this trust by using the money to strengthen the community fabric and uplift life in the islands.

“Speaking for PBS Hawaii, the funding for our new Hiki No program gives students across the state a voice in their communities, as well as equal access to an innovative vehicle for 21st-century learning skills. We’re very thankful to bank employees for helping to open new doors in education for Hawaii’s next generation.”