We’re Always Here To Help

By Tyler Tokioka
Wednesday - February 02, 2011 Share

By Tyler Tokioka, President
Island Insurance Foundation

Guided by our motto of being “Always Here to Help,” Island Insurance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Island Insurance Companies, strives to keep its money working in Hawaii’s communities.

As a nonprofit, we recognize funding resources are extremely precious in our current economy, which is why we make a concerted effort to evaluate and select projects that we believe have the potential to improve the long-term health of our state, while remaining mindful of our most pressing issues.

When the Island Insurance Foundation was informed of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s (KMCWC) urgent need to expand its facilities, we were pleased we were able to make one of the first contributions to help launch KMCWC’s capital campaign. KMCWC is the state’s only full-service children’s and high-risk maternity hospital, and as a nonprofit with a policy that includes no one being turned away, overcrowding is an issue. The neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, in particular, often operate at 150 percent capacity.

Thanks to a generous donation from Island Insurance Foundation, Kapiolani Medical Center has been able to expand its facilities

Upon receiving our donation, Kapiolani Health Foundation president Michael Robinson expressed his appreciation for being the first to commit to this critical project and hoped others will follow our example.

In addition to supporting vital community projects, Island Insurance Foundation also seeks to improve the quality of education in Hawaii.

Currently in its seventh year, the Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award was created by our foundation to recognize Hawaii’s public school principals for their leadership and ability to drive positive change in their institutions. Nominees for our award will once again be recognized at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on April 29.

Being “Always Here to Help” means working to improve the quality of life in Hawaii for generations to come.

Hawaii charitable organizations may send requests for space in either Proof Positive or the free advertisement below to dchapman@midweek.com.

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