Strengthening The Nonprofit Sector

By Lisa Maruyama
Wednesday - October 27, 2010 Share

By Lisa Maruyama, President & CEO
Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO)

What would it look like if Hawaii’s 10,000 nonprofits stopped doing what they do best? Preschools and private schools would close. Public TV and radio would shut down. Services to the disabled, elderly and homeless would be curtailed, community health centers that serve vulnerable populations would be shuttered up, invasive species would run rampant, and culture and art events that spark imagination, creativity and hope would be lost.

Nonprofits touch everyone in Hawaii. The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) believes it is essential to support and strengthen nonprofits by building awareness of and creating clear messages about the value of the sector; advocating on behalf of nonprofits at the federal, state and city levels; bringing nonprofits together to network, learn best practices, share ideas, partner and save money, and being a resource for and about nonprofits.

Our recent endeavors include work at the Legislature to protect essential nonprofit tax exemptions, spearheading a campaign to help the IRS get the word out to nonprofits in jeopardy of losing their status, and providing training and consulting on best practices in board governance, budgeting, leadership and more to nonprofits statewide.

To provide nonprofits more for their limited dollars, HANO is partnering with the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Aloha Chapter and Chaminade University to hold the first Conference of Nonprofit Communities of Hawaii Nov. 9 and 10. The conference features more than 30 sessions on relevant professional development topics along with an exhibition showcasing nonprofit-friendly products and services. In addition, keynote speaker Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger will talk about his life-changing 27 seconds on the Notre Dame football field.

Allen Arakaki leads a HANO nonprofit budgeting workshop on Kauai earlier this year

To register for the conference or to consider sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities, go to

To continue to serve Hawaii’s nonprofits, HANO needs your support! Become a member by visiting, or call Sally Ley at 529-0455.

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