Ward Village® Furthers Commitment to Local Community with $212,700 in Grants to Eight Hawai‘i‐based Nonprofits
Funds Support Programs that Benefit Community, Culture and Environment
HONOLULU (March 19, 2015) – Ward Village®, a community by The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), today announced $212,750 in grants from the Ward Village Foundation to eight local nonprofit organizations across the state. The funds will directly support programs in the areas of culture, community and the environment, furthering Ward Village’s vision to make Hawai’i a better place.
“This grant from Ward Village helps us to provide affordable housing and work space for 84 artists and their families in Kaka’ako and a Hawaiian cultural center,” said Kelley Lindquist, President of Artspace. “With the support of Ward Village, our goal is to reach 450 students to perpetuate Native Hawaiian culture, values and traditions, while supporting native artists, practitioners and teachers.”
Ward Village has made an initial commitment of $1 million to the community through the Ward Village Foundation. Since its inception in January 2014, the foundation has donated over $503,750 to local nonprofit organizations.
“The Ward Village Foundation is thrilled to continue to grow our commitment to the local community through this exciting round of grants, which we believe will directly support our vision for a healthier, more sustainable Hawai’i,” said Katie Ka’anapu, Director of Community & Retail Marketing for Ward Village. “We are inspired by the work of each of our grantees, and we look forward to growing our partnerships with them as they continue to impact the lives of so many individuals in our community and beyond.”
The Ward Village Foundation grant recipients include:
- The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii will receive $10,000 for its youth programs at the Spalding Clubhouse, which focus on the initiatives of academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles. The programs provide Honolulu youth with dozens of opportunities to discover their own unique interests and talents, supporting over a thousand students annually.
- The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace will receive $15,000 to help preserve, restore, interpret and share documents in ‘Iolani Palace’s permanent collection, including the high‐resolution digitization and reproduction of documents related directly to the immigration treaty and correspondence between Hawai’i and Japan in the late 1800s. The program will also include sharing the collection and Hawaiian culture with local students across the state who visit the palace, the only official royal residence in the United States.
- The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center will receive $50,000 for its Keiki Adventure Garden, a new environmental‐focused activity area at the center, located in Kaka’ako. The garden will seek to instill a strong sense of environmental stewardship in children while connecting them with nature through direct active play and outdoor activities.
- McKinley High School Robotics Team will receive $24,400 to support the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, including funding for out‐of‐state competition travel, public outreach programs and more.
- The Pacific and Asian Affairs Council will receive $10,000 for its education outreach programs, which provide afterschool education, service learning and language development in foreign languages such as Arabic and Mandarin to approximately 1,000 students from nearly 45 high schools across the state. The program especially seeks to support Hawai’i youth from marginalized backgrounds who do not have adequate opportunities to develop the skills, knowledge and perspective needed to succeed in today’s global setting.
- The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii will receive $3,350 to support its Infant Nutrition Program, which provides breastfeeding education, pumps and necessary accessories to new mothers. Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for seriously ill or injured children and high‐risk pregnant mothers.
The Ward Village Foundation announced its first grant recipient in January 2014, pledging $100,000 to nonprofit Kupu to use towards the construction of the Kupu Green Jobs Training Center. Through its partnerships with more than 80 public and private organizations, Kupu provides experiential education and life skills development opportunities to help youth and young adults succeed in life and create lifelong community servants. From this facility, Kupu will develop the next generation of local talent to take the helm of the new “green” industries moving in Hawai’i.
For more information about the Ward Village Foundation, visit www.wardvillagefoundation.org.
About the Ward Village Foundation
The Ward Village Foundation is dedicated to supporting forward‐thinking initiatives that honor Hawai’i’s rich history by fostering the community that will continue to make Ward Village an ideal neighborhood to live, work, shop, learn and play. Since January 2014, the Ward Village Foundation has awarded twenty grants to local, non‐profit organizations as a part of its pledge to invest $1 million over the next two years. The Ward Village Foundation selects and awards non‐profits and programs that focus on culture, community, and the environment, its three core initiatives. All requests for community support in the form of grants by the Ward Village Foundation must be submitted through an online application for consideration. For more information, visit www.wardvillagefoundation.org.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
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