riends of Hawaii Charities’ annual grants program provides funds to qualified not-for-profit organizations recognized under the IRS 501(c)(3) section.  Friends of Hawaii Charities funds programs that benefit Hawaii’s children, youth, women, elderly and impoverished in the following areas: culture, arts and educations programs; healthcare and basic needs.  The 2021 Grant Application is available now and applications are accepted through December 28, 2020, 4 pm HST.  Please download the 2021 Online Grant Summary Manual and 2021 Grant Application for instructions.  If you are a 2020 grant recipient, please download and complete the 2020 Grant Follow Up Report.

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 Corporation is the title sponsor and a vital partner of this global televised event.

What is the relationship between Friends of Hawaii Charities and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation?

Friends of Hawaii Charities and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation - Hawaii's largest benefactors - share a similar philanthropic perspective. In 1999, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation stepped forward to become the official charity partner of Friends of Hawaii Charities for the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has generously provided matching funds for the total amount raised at the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament annually. These contributions are directed to Hawaii's not-for-profit organizations.

How do I apply for a grant?

Grants are distributed to qualified not-for-profit organizations. The application process includes completion of the online grant summary and hard copy grant application accompanied by designated required documents.  The 2021 grants deadline is December 28, 2020, 4 pm HST.

2020 Follow Up Report
What type of grants do Friends of Hawaii Charities fund?

To be considered for funding, an organization must be a public agency or a not-for-profit organization certified under the Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Friends funds programs that benefit Hawaii's children, youth, women, elderly, and the impoverished in the following areas:

  • Arts and education
  • Healthcare and basic needs
  • Social services