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University of Hawaii Foundation Raises Record $165 Million for Fiscal Year 2021-22

Dr. Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg have donated $50 million to the University of Hawaii for ocean research. Photo credit: Richard Chen

The University of Hawaii Foundation raised a record $165 million in the past fiscal year for groundbreaking giving, including $50 million for ocean research, a grant to inspire residents to get college degrees and a legacy of scholarships for underrepresented students from Pacific island countries.

FY2022 contributions came from 18,074 donors and exceeded the previous year’s funding by 65%. It was also more than double the $84.7 million raised two years ago.

“Our donors have shown tremendous confidence in UH, backed by concrete support that is changing lives and strengthening Hawaii’s economy,” said Tim Dolan, vice president of advancement at UH and CEO of the UH Foundation.


Among the 22,436 donations received were those made by individuals and families in memory of loved ones, including several professors or their spouses.

Dr. Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $50 million, the largest cash donation ever received by UH. This is a seven-year commitment to support various research groups within the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.

Hawaiʻi has become the Lumina Foundation’s sixth Talent, Innovation, Equity (TIE) state with a $575,000 grant that UH will use to develop a strategy to increase the share of working-age adults in native Hawaiian, Filipino groups. and other Pacific Islanders with college degrees. by 5 percentage points in four years.


An anonymous donation of $3 million was given to UH in Hilo which will be combined with two endowed scholarships to create the first UH scholarship for LGBTQ+ students.

Alumni and others have also committed substantial donations to UH for scholarships, faculty, research and facilities, including the Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE) project, which is being built across the street. of the UH Mānoa campus as part of a public-private partnership between UH Foundation, UH and Hunt Cos.

“These results are a strong endorsement of UH’s strategy and effectiveness as we focus on increasing entry and graduation rates, diversifying Hawaii’s economy, and preparing for ‘a new workforce as our faculty, students and alumni tackle grand challenges in sustainability, energy, climate resilience, conservation and community health,’ said UH President , David Lassner “Every donation to UH moves all of Hawaiʻi toward a brighter future and underscores the value of our excellent public higher education system to our people, our islands, and global understanding.”


Other donations:

  • A $500,000 grant from the Oak Foundation launched an innovative, multi-level mentorship program at the UH Hilo Center for Place-Based Socioemotional Development, known as The Hilo Center, which pairs student peer mentors with faculty to developing and securing the pipeline to college for young people on the island of Hawaii.
  • A $1 million gift from the Hawaii Medical Service Association endowed a chair in health economics at the UH Economic Research Organization to help improve Hawaii’s economic health.
  • Corporate and individual donors — including Rich and Eileen Wacker; Hawaiian Electric Industries and American Savings Bank; Island Insurance Foundation; First Hawaiian Bank Foundation and Walter A. Dods Jr.; and Ben Godsey and Yvonne Chan – have invested some $3.7 million so far in the Residences for Innovative Student Entrepreneurs, a one-of-a-kind facility in Hawaiʻi. When it opens in fall 2023, RISE will combine classroom, meeting and lab space with a 374-bed dormitory for Hawaii’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
  • Donations from the Harold KL Castle Foundation and the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, along with grants from the Ascendium Education Group and other partners funded Hana Career Pathways, a program that provides $2,000 in tuition assistance to unemployed or underemployed Hawaiian residents for short-term training at UH community colleges that can lead to degrees in health care, technology, and skilled trades.
  • A $100,000 grant from the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program enables Honolulu Community College to expand its associate degree and certificate programs in refrigeration and air conditioning technology. Additionally, Honolulu CC is eligible for up to three years of renewed funding, allowing the program to expand and serve prospective students.
  • Ward Village donations from The Howard Hughes Corp. and the Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. have created scholarships for students in the Honolulu CC Apprentice and Journeyman Training Program. A separate donation from Ward Village funded scholarships for students in the College of Engineering, School of Architecture, and Department of Urban Planning and Development at UH Mānoa.
The University of Hawai’i received several gifts for its nursing and medical degree programs. Screenshot: Uh
  • Donations totaling $500,000 from alumni couple Ken and Donna Hayashida and their engineering company, KAI Hawaii Inc., are funding several initiatives at the College of Engineering and School of Nursing, including a vertically integrated project, or VIP, linked to sustainability and resilience, and the Ken and Donna Hayashida Nursing Scholarship Endowment to help nursing students with costs associated with attendance, including tuition, books, and fees.
  • Dr. Chan and Zuckerberg followed up their historic gift for ocean research with a $10 million gift to UH Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine to fund a program that helps address the doctor shortage in Kauaʻi.
  • The $1.28 million gift from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan funds multiple cohorts for the Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi Medical Student Scholarship at UH School of Medicine.
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific Health’s $749,000 donation funds scholarships for medical students at UH School of Medicine.
  • A planned gift from Dr. Bernyce Peplowski will be used to repay the student loan of future UH medical school physicians, especially students from underserved areas of Hawaii who commit to practicing medicine in those areas of their native island. A portion of his bequest will support the outreach services of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College, specifically to engage and support food-insecure seniors with healthy, sustainable meals.
  • A $1 million grant from American AgCredit and CoBank to UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources builds on their previous investment in the GoFarm Hawaiʻi program by helping program graduates grow their agricultural businesses, which which improves food security and supports economic growth in Hawaiʻi.
  • Waterhouse Charitable Trust has $1.5 million to support the UH Mānoa football program.