University of Hawaii Foundation

University of Hawaii Foundation


To unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaii’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaii and our future generations. 


The University of Hawaii Foundation was established in 1955 to encourage private support for the University of Hawaii. Today it is the central fundraising organization for the UH System, providing professional fundraising and alumni engagement services to all 10 UH campuses. To date, the UH Foundation has raised more than $1 billion to support UH. The major impact we have made on students, faculty, research and facilities would not have been possible without donors like you.

The UH Foundation works closely with university leaders, but is an independent, non-profit foundation that is legally separate from the UH System and the State of Hawaii. With a number of advancement specialists on staff, expertise areas include major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, annual giving, charitable tax and estate and gift planning.

By building and implementing alumni engagement strategies in coordination with our campus partners to reach 310,000+ graduates, we can support our alumni in their lifelong journeys and build connection with UH in meaningful ways.

Make an Impact

There are many ways to support UH students and programs:

  • Cash gifts, including checks, drafts and money orders.
  • The donation of stocks and bonds.
  • Almost any marketable real estate may be gifted to the UH Foundation, provided the property is unencumbered.
  • Corporate matching gifts can help to extend private donations.
  • Memorial and honorary gifts in remembrance of someone are a powerful way to perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Honorary gifts commemorate events or someone who is still alive.


Senior Leadership

Donna Vuchinich, President & Chief Executive Officer

Paul Kobayashi, Jr., Chief Financial Officer

Jason Ono, Chief Administrative Officer

Janet Bullard, Vice President for Marketing & Communications – Alumni & Donor Relations

Hugh Jones, In-House Counsel

Board of Trustees

A. Catherine Ngo, Chair

Stanford S. Carr, Vice Chair

Richard F. Wacker, Vice Chair

Ted Pettit, Treasurer 

Marivic Dar, Secretary

Alan K. Arakawa

Christine Chee-Ruiter

Herbert N. Conley, Jr.

Peter Fukunaga

William E. Grayson, Esq

Peter Grossman

Michael K. Hirai, CFA

Louise K.Y. Ing

Kathleen Kagawa

Jim Lally

Rosita G. Leong

Elliot “Buzz” Loden

Eric K. Martinson

T. Michael May

Ken Miller

Ritchie Mudd

Susan Murray

Jackson Nakasone

Diane Paloma

James J. Pappas

Mary E. Sellers

Sean Sugai P.E.

Lawrence J. Taff

Lori Teranishi

C. Scott Wo

Ex-Officio Trustees

Jill Hasegawa

Denis Isono

David K. Lassner

Lee Putnam

Donna Vuchinich

Kent R. Youel

University of Hawaii Foundation


P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

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