Philanthropy: Women Who Give

(Sponsored) Celebrating the countless women who make a positive difference for Hawaii.


Today’s women are philanthropists, leaders, and advisors who shape the futures of the communities they care about. HCF is privileged to have 11 outstanding women on its 20-member Board of Governors. Here are their insights on the passion behind their giving and the difference they are making in Hawai‘i.


Hawaii Community Foundation Deborah BergerDeborah K. Berger, Chair

Co-founder, The Learning Coalition

Growing up in Hawai‘i, one cannot help but be struck by how interconnected our lives are. Giving helps me feel a part of something larger than myself; a part of our unique island community.





Hawaii Community Foundation Mary BittermanMary G.F. Bitterman

President, The Bernard Osher Foundation

As we know, “philan-thropy” means love of others. What could be better than serving our community and aiming to make it a more compassionate, just, and beautiful place?





Hawaii Community Foundation Kalei Cadinha-Puaa​Kaleialoha K. Cadinha-Pua‘a 

CEO and President, Cadinha & Co., LLC

By aligning the act of giving with my heart, I give unconditionally and serve purposefully, regardless of the amount given.





Hawaii Community Foundation Roberta ChuRoberta F. Chu

Sr. Vice President, Bank of Hawaii

I believe in the saying “It is better to give than to receive,” and have seen how giving of time, ideas, and resources can multiply exponentially if it comes from the right place — unconditional giving.





Hawaii Community Foundation Kimberly DeyKimberly W. Dey

Vice President, Charles B. Wang International Foundation

The act of giving has made an enormous positive impact on my life. I invest my time and money into philanthropic endeavors because my goal is to leave the world a better place than when I arrived. 





Hawaii Community Foundation Elizabeth GrossmanElizabeth Rice Grossman

President, Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation

We have a universal yearning to do what we can, whenever and wherever we can. In my opinion, helping others is the purest form of living a life in full.





Hawaii Community Foundation Honey Bun HaynesHoney Bun Haynes

Community Volunteer

I am very grateful for my good fortune and have a sense of pride when I am able to share in community projects that make a difference. It is the way I choose to live my life.





Hawaii Community Foundation Tyrie Lee Jenkins​Tyrie Lee Jenkins, MD

Owner, Jenkins Eye Care

I come from five generations of strong community-minded women in my family. Women leaders in philanthropy set a good example for their employees and families, and hopefully inspire other women to give.





Hawaii Community Foundation Judy PietschJudy B. Pietsch

Owner, Judy B. Pietsch Consulting

I try to give back and have learned that small acts of caring can change someone’s life forever. As a former teacher and college counselor, I believe in our youth and know the power of education and scholarships to provide life-changing opportunities.




Hawaii Community Foundation Katherine RichardsonKatherine G. Richardson

Community Volunteer

When we all engage in our way and at our own levels to the cause we feel the most strongly about, everyone reaps the benefits of this positive energy. 





Hawaii Community Foundation Jennifer SabasJennifer G. Sabas

Director, The Daniel K. Inouye Fund 

Women leaders are collaborative in nature. Building teams, doing good together, and encouraging giving collectively casts a net that is broad and lasting.





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