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Doing Good: Our Guide to Giving Back


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photo: courtesy of hawaiian humane society / kathy boast

A good board is one that engages its members, she says. Strong, organized boards encourage their members to attend all general board meetings and participate in board committees.

Finance plays a big role for board members, and Boland says that, while the Society’s board looks at the organization’s budget and expenses, it often takes a big-picture approach to the nonprofit’s overall direction, not its day-to-day operations. That’s why boards hire good executive directors.  

HCF runs an annual board leadership conference to offer traning to potential and current nonprofit board members. Visit hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.

The Anatomy of a Nonprofit

For every issue, there is a nonprofit working hard to raise money, inspire volunteers and change the community. They come in all shapes and sizes, from all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofits, to local chapters of powerful national organizations. Here’s a breakdown of three Oahu nonprofits.

The Hawaiian Humane Society

Mission: The Society’s mantra is “strengthening the human, animal bond.” It does so through its 30 programs on education, animal adoption and support services, rescue operations and fighting for better animal- and pet-related laws.

Paid staff members:  70

Volunteers: Approximately 700; 67 percent of the society’s volunteers have been active for one to two years.

Annual operating budget: $6.3 million

Signature events: Pictures with Santa Paws, Tuxes and Tails and Petwalk, all of which raise about $650,000 per year.

Biggest needs right now: Donations—both money and goods—and responsible pet ownership, says executive director Pam Burns.

How the community can give: Adopt or foster a pet, or volunteer at the shelter.

Related links:
30 Volunteer Ideas in Hawaii
Service Learning at Heeia Fishpond

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