Hau’Oli Loa Foundation: Grants for Disasters

OVERVIEW: The Hau’oli Foundation awards grants to organizations responding to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies around the world.

IP TAKE: Hau’oli does not accept unsolicited proposals; however, small organizations should reach out in order to make an introduction and discuss funding if they believe their work is a fit for the foundation.  

PROFILE: The Hau’oli Foundation was founded by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback, a German expat, who sought to pay forward "the generosity of the islands” that she encountered. A Hawaiian-based nonprofit, Hau’oli Loa tends to fund groups working there. However, the Hau’oli Foundation also supports organizations that respond to natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies abroad. 

The foundation awards disaster-relief support through its Humanitarian Relief program, which prioritizes giving to regions of the world that have limited resources. Grantmaking is also intended to respond effectively to natural disasters and other widespread emergencies. On a smaller scale, the foundation awards grants to organizations that build disaster preparedness and resiliency. Historically, Hau’oli has partnered with Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders, but the foundation also supports smaller grant seeking organizations with awards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.

Hau'oli tends to develop longer-term, multi-year relationships with its grantees, but the foundation also seeks creative and passionate organizations with a “willingness to tackle the harder questions.” 


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