Kōkua Fund FAQ
What is the Kōkua Fund?
The “Kōkua Fund” is supported by contributions to The Club at Kukuiʻula Community Benefit Fund by its Members and managed by the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. It’s dedicated to supporting grass roots nonprofit organizations that are nominated by an employee for personally impacting that employee and providing much needed services to the youth in our community.
Who can nominate a nonprofit for a grant?
Any employee of The Club at Kukuiʻula, BBCP Associates Hawaii, Inc. (Kukuiʻula Development), Kukuiʻula Realty, including Spa therapists, and Security team employees, can submit a nomination form. There is no limit to the number of nominations an employee may submit.
How do I submit a nomination?
Nomination forms can be picked up from/turned in to The Club Talent office or from/to Shelly Gerardo at the Development/Mauka Offices, or online by clicking here.
What are qualifications for a nonprofit to be eligible for a grant?
Nominated organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing.
What are the criteria to be considered for a grant?
The volunteer employee review committee reviews, ranks, and allocates funding to organizations based on the following criteria:
1. Connection to an employee (this is by far the most important criteria);
2. Serving youth in the areas of education, health, arts, and those in need (e.g., high risk, low income, under-served). “Youth” is defined as 21 and below for this grant.
3. Overall impact of the grant award on the program/organization; and
4. Serving the youth in the community.
What information should be included on the nomination form?
Nominations should describe the employee’s connection with the organization through direct services received by the employee, a family member, friend, or member; or through the employee’s involvement with the organization through work or as a volunteer. The grant may support the organization’s work in general and/or a specific project or program the organization is undertaking.
What kind of awards are expected from this fund?
Awards are expected to range from $250 to $1,000, depending on the amount of funds available and the number and quality of eligible nominations received.
When should nomination forms be submitted?
Nomination forms should be submitted 4 – 6 weeks prior to organization’s event/deadline to allow for committee review and HCF processing. Nomination forms are due on the last Thursday of the month. The Employee Review Committee will review submitted forms on the first Thursday of each month.