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riends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., a 501(c)(3), was formed in 1998 as a result of the shared vision and collaboration of a group of business and community leaders to provide support for local not-for-profit programs that serve and benefit Hawaii’s women, children, youth, and impoverished.  Each year Friends raises $1.2 million for Hawaii charities.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of organization is Friends of Hawaii Charities?

Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. is a tax-exempt Federal 501(c)(3) public charity organization that was founded in 1998. Its primary purpose is to generate funding for programs administered by Hawaii's not-for-profit organizations that benefit women, children, youth, and community groups with basic life needs.

How are funds generated for Friends of Hawaii Charities? How is money raised for its grants program?

Friends of Hawaii Charities generates funding primarily through corporate sponsorship sales for its fundraising community events. Its flagship fundraising event is the Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR golf tournament held each January at Waialae Country Club. Additional funding sources includes charity donations and funds raised through The Friends Club. 

How is the Friends of Hawaii Charities affiliated with the Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR golf tournament?

The Friends of Hawaii Charities has an agreement with the PGA TOUR to produce the Sony Open in Hawaii with the shared goal of channeling tournament proceeds to charity. Both the PGA TOUR, a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers, and Friends considers charitable giving a fundamental priority. As sponsor of record with the TOUR, Friends manages and produces the tournament specifically to benefit Hawaii-based charities by mobilizing a corps of more than 1,500 volunteers. Sony Group Corporation is the title sponsor and a vital partner of this global televised event.

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