Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 22 Program: “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, August 22, 2016:Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Tony Baldomero “Defining the Responsibilities of the Campaign Spending Commission”

Tony Baldomero is the Associate Director of the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission. He has been
with the Commission for over 20 years.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, July 25, 2016

Kokua Council files suit in state court to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports

Kokua Council filed a lawsuit in state court this morning to compel the Hawaii Department of Health to post long term care home inspection reports to their website as required by state law.

For details, please click here to read an article posted on Civil Beat. There was also an article in the July 26, 2016 Star-Advertiser, if you have a copy of the paper.

Download 20160725 Kokua Council Complaint against Hawaii Department of Health from Kokua Council



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

June 25, 2016 Program: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 25, 2016:Understanding Affordable Housing

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Diane Terada and Rona Fukumoto: “Understanding Affordable Housing”

Diane Terada is Division Administrator of the Community & Senior Services (CSS) Division of Catholic Charities Hawaii (CCH). Rona Fukumoto is Division Administrator of the Housing and Referral Programs (HARP) of CCH.  They will describe the housing needs of seniors and the challenges seniors face in finding affordable rental housing, homeless issues, and the work of CCH’s Development Corporation which is currently building senior affordable housing in Mililani.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, July 14, 2016 Program: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Agenda:

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Chad Blair: “Honolulu Civil Beat – Watchdog Journalism”

Chad Blair is one of the best-known reporters for Honolulu Civil Beat. He has been a writer, editor, and teacher in Honolulu for more than 25 years. Chad has worked as a journalist for Pacific Business News, Hawaii Public Radio and Honolulu Weekly. He has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University and Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Honolulu Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Civil Beat is a free on-line news site. Its mission is to inform and educate Hawaii residents so they can make good decisions about vital issues. It is a non-profit organization supported by community donations.

Chad will share his experience as an investigative watchdog journalist.

1:30 Adjourn

Thursday, June 02, 2016

June 27 Program: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

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Monday, June 27, 2016: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: John G. McDermott: “The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is Broken, But Can Be Fixed With Your Support”

John G. McDermott, LSW, ACSW, M.Div., has been the State Long Term Care Ombudsman since 1998. Prior to that, he was Director of Social Services at Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for 7 years and held that same position at Maunalani Nursing and Rehab Center the prior two years. Having seen and worked on both sides, Mr. McDermott is an expert on Hawaii's long term care options and will share with us why the LTCOP is no longer effective and what fellow senior advocates can do to strengthen this federal and state mandated program.

1:00 Adjourn

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, June 9, 2016: “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

Agenda:

12:30 Program: Richard Miller, “What Must Be Done to Save the Nation from Catastrophe?”

Richard Miller is Professor of Law, Emeritus and former Dean of the William S. Richardson School of
Law at University of Hawaii—Manoa, which he helped establish on his arrival in Hawaii in 1973. He has served as a board member for the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, the Media Council Hawaii, and Kokua Council and as a legal consultant for the Hawaii Coalition for Health.

1:30 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wednesday, May 25 Program: "The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Please join us for the 10th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA) and Kokua Council

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 8:30 am to noon at the State Capitol, Room 325

Cost: Free
A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Invited Speakers include:

Senator Ronald Kouchi, Senate President Representative John Mizuno
Representative Joseph Souki, House Speaker Representative Mark Hashem
Senator Will Espero Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang
Senator Rosalyn Baker Representative Dee Morikawa
Senator Laura Thielen Representative Cynthia Thielen


To reserve a space, please RSVP by calling 722-9937 or email: wongj060@hawaii.rr.com.

The Legislative Review is a forum to hear from legislators about how senior issues fared this session and to allow attendees to share issues and concerns that may be considered in the 2017 Legislative Session and beyond.

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, May 12: “Same-Sex Marriage after 20 years” with Justice Steve Levinson

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Pohai Nani Retirement Community
45- 090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe   2nd Floor Club Room

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox
(808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: “Same-Sex Marriage after 20 years” with with Former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Steve Levinson

Justice Levinson reflects on why marriage matters 20 years after historic HI ruling. Twenty years ago, Steven Levinson and the Hawaii Supreme Court made history.

In May of 1993 Levinson authored the Hawaii Supreme Court opinion in Baehr v. Lewin (later, it became Baehr v. Miike), which became the first appellate court decision in global history to find that a state constitution presumptively prohibited the exclusion of samesex couples from access to marriage. In his opinion, Levinson declared that denying marriage to same‐sex couples violates the equal protection clause of the Hawaii onstitution, and that if the state could not show sufficient justification for its denial of the freedom to marry, the ban on same‐sex couples marrying would be overturned.

Discussion will follow.

He may also want to spend a bit of his time talking about some pending legislation that could significantly reduce the pay of Hawaii judges and cause serious problems.

For more information call Dick Miller 808 254-1796, Samuel Cox 808 779‐3606, or Ruth Peterson (808) 236=7814.

Optional buffet starts at 11:30 a.m. Call Samuel Cox for reservations.

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thursday April 14: Kokua Council Windward Program: “The Graying of Hawaii”

COMMUNITY WELCOME

Pohai Nani Retirement Community
45- 090 Namoku Street, Kaneohe   2nd Floor Club Room

11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room, $11. Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox
(808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Documentary video: “The Graying of Hawaii” 2009 Documentary Film will be shown, followed by updates by guests Tony Lenzer and Bruce McCullough COMMUNITY WELCOME

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, April 25, 2016 Program: “Update from the Center on Aging: Current Activities and Future Path”


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, April 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Christy Nishita and Kathryn Braun: “Update from the Center on Aging: Current Activities and Future Path”

Christy Nishita, Ph.D. is Interim Director and Researcher at the University of Hawaii Center on Aging. She received her Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She is a Board Member for the Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. She is interested in the delivery and effectiveness of longterm care services, aging in place, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Dr. Kathryn Braun is Director and Professor of the Office of Public Health Studies. She is Co-Chair of the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment and Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaii Center on Aging. Her research focuses on Asian and Pacific Island aging, with publications exploring ethnic differences in life expectancy and mortality as well as cultural variations in disease perceptions and health practices.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

March 28 Meeting: Moses Haia: “A Lifetime Spent Waiting--Why Too Many Beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act Spend Their Lives Waiting in Vain for a Homestead” (video)

Moses Kalei Nahonoapi`ilani Haia III is the executive director of Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. As a staff attorney at NHLC he obtaining landmark victories in native rights cases seeking to protect ancient Hawaiian burials and Native Hawaiian water rights.

Friday, February 12, 2016

February 22 Program: Victor Geminiani: “The barriers to economic justice for low and moderate income residents in Hawaii and some thoughts on reversing the downward trend”


PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, February 22, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Victor Geminiani: “The barriers to economic justice for low and moderate income residents in Hawaii and some thoughts on reversing the downward trend”


Victor Geminiani is Co-Executive Director of the Hawai‘i  Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. He has been recognized for his contributions to legal services delivery by being presented with the Reginald Heber Smith Award by National Legal Aid and Defender Association, John Minor Wisdom Award by the ABA's Litigation Section, and the Social Justice Award by Hawai‘i State Bar Association's Champion.

1:00 Adjourn

Thursday, February 11, 2016

January 25 Meeting: Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D.: "Updates on the MedQUEST Program" (video)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

January 25 Program: Updates on the MedQUEST Program with Dr. Judy Mohr Peterson


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Get your copy today. Back issues available in the right side column of this web page. 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, January 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and S. Vineyard Blvd.−Ample parking−driveway off Nuuanu Ave


Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert-$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Election of Board members and officers

12:00 Program:  Judy Mohr Peterson, Ph.D.: "Updates on the MedQUEST Program"

Dr. Mohr Peterson served as Oregon's State Medicaid Director from 2009 and in that role was an architect of Oregon's successful health system transformation and coverage expansion. She has been Hawaii's Med-Quest Division Administrator since July, 2015 and brings with her 18 years of public health care experience. Dr. Mohr Peterson currently sits on the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and serves as an advisor to the National Organization for State and Local Officials. She also is a contributor to multiple organizations focused on health care delivery system and payment reform. In 2010, Mohr Peterson was named one of six Medicaid Director Fellows in the Robert Wood Johnson's Medicaid Leadership Institute.

1:00 Adjourn

Monday, December 07, 2015

Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, December 10: “Critical Issues for 2016” with Patrick Zukemura

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS
NO LUNCHEON MEETING IN DECEMBER AT HARRIS
SEE YOU JANUARY 25, 2016


Kokua Council Windward: Thursday, December 10: “Critical Issues for 2016” with Patrick Zukemura COMMUNITY WELCOME


11:30 (Optional) — Buffet Lunch in Dining Room. $11 Reservation and Information: Samuel Cox (808) 779-3606 or revsamuelcox@gmail.com.

12:30 Program: Patrick Zukemura was the Lead Organizer for Faith Action for Community Equity on Oahu from 2008-2012 when he retired. He remains active in FACE Oahu and co-chairs their Long Term Care Task Force. He is their President Elect for 2016. He will outline critical issues for seniors in 2016 including Long Term Health Care. Kokua Council is a partner member of FACE.

1:30 Adjourn

Monday, November 30, 2015

November 23 Meeting: (video) Henry Curtis: “Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?”

Henry Curtis is Executive Director & Vice President at Life of the Land Hawaii, a Hawaii-based, Hawaii-focused environmental and community action group founded in 1970. Website: ililanimedia.blogspot.com.  He spoke to Kokua Council on potentially converting the Hawaiian Electric Company into a cooperative—and much more.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 23 Program: Henry Curtis: "Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?"


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Get your copy today. Back issues available in the right side column of this web page. 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, November 23, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Henry Curtis: "Should HECO be converted into electric cooperatives?"

Henry Curtis is Executive Director & Vice President at Life of the Land Hawaii, a Hawaiibased, Hawaii-focused environmental and community action group founded in 1970. Website: ililanimedia.blogspot.com.

1:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 26 Program: Annual Community Forum "Be Part of the Solution"


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PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, October 26,, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—with $5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Annual Community Forum "Be Part of the Solution": Panel of leaders of legislative caucuses, non-profits, service providers, administrators and community members like you. Vote on top issues.

The Annual Community Forum is step 1 in forming Kokua Council's 2016 legislative priorities. Meet and talk with issue leaders over lunch. Ask to speak if you like.

1:30 Adjourn

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Kokua Council Sept. 28 Program: "How the media analyzes and covers homelessness" with Rick Blangiardi


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PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, September 28,, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: Rick Blangiardi: "How the media analyzes and covers homelessness"

Rick Blangiardi co-authored an op-ed published in the August 23, 2015 Star-Advertiser titled, A crisis that demands action, referring to the current homelessness crisis. Kokua Council has invited him to enlarge on his views.

Rick Blangiardi is the General Manager of Hawaii’s largest multimedia company, Hawaii News Now, KGMB (CBS) and KHNL (NBC). In 1977, he began his broadcast career at KGMB and is a nationally recognized television broadcaster, succeeding in senior executive positions in many of the nation’s most competitive markets including Seattle, New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Prior to returning to Hawaii in 2002, Blangiardi was the President of Telemundo Holdings, Inc., the nation’s second largest Hispanic television network and was highly instrumental in leading the sale of Telemundo in 2001 to NBC for $2.7 billion.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August 24 Program: "Health Hawaii: Where are we and where are we going

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, August 24, , 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks

12:00 Program: "Health Hawaii: Where are we and where are we going", Dr, Virginia Pressler, Director of Health

Dr. Virginia M. Pressler is Director of Health for the State of Hawaii Department of Health. In addition to oversight of administrative responsibilities, she oversees Family Health, Disease Outbreak Control, Emergency Medical Services, Communicable Diseases, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Developmental Disabilities, Environmental Health, State Laboratories, Behavioral Health, Hawaii State Hospital, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and other public health services. She also has a number of attached agencies such as the State Health Planning and Development Agency, Office of Language Access, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Executive Office on Aging, and others.

Previously Dr. Pressler was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for Hawaii Pacific Health, a non-profit healthcare network that includes Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Straub Clinic & Hospital, Pali Momi Medical Center, and Wilcox Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic on Kauai.

1:00 Adjourn

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 27 Program: "The senior connection at DHS"

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, July 27, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

12:00 Program: "The senior connection at DHS", Rachael Wong, Director, State of Hawaii Department of Human Services.

Dr. Rachael Wong was appointed by Governor David Ige in January 2015 and currently serves as director nominee of the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services. Previously, she was the vice president and chief operating officer of Healthcare Association of Hawaii where she advocated for the state's hospitals, nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, and medical equipment suppliers. She has served as executive director of Kokua Mau (Hawaii Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) and the Hawaii Consortium for Integrative Care. Rachael earned a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and certificate in women's studies from Princeton University, a master's degree in public health from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a doctorate in public health from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on numerous local and national boards and committees.

1:00 Adjourn

Friday, June 12, 2015

June 22 Program: "Shaping Honolulu"—citizen participation in planning our city

Note: This month’s program is in two parts. See below for Part I, on Hawaii Public Radio’s Town Square program with Beth-Ann Kozlovich. Part II is at Harris Church, as usual.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR LUNCH

Monday, June 22, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Miyama Main Hall, Harris United Methodist Church
Nuuanu Ave. and South Vineyard Blvd.
Ample parking - driveway off Nuuanu Ave.


Part I: Hawaii Public Radio Town Square, June 18, 5-6 p.m. KIPO 89.3 FM on Oahu

Part II: At Harris Church, June 22:

Agenda:

11:30 Luncheon (optional): Various Pizzas, Salad, and Dessert—$5.00 Donation

11:55 Welcome, Introductions and Remarks, Larry Geller, President

12:00 Program: "Shaping Honolulu" with Jennifer Darrah, Lecturer and Graduate Faculty Affiliate, University of Hawaii, Annie Koh, PhD Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH, and Prof. Luciano Minerbi, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH. The discussion will be moderated by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, Executive Producer Talk Shows, Hawaii Public Radio.

All of us want to live in a high quality, affordable, people-friendly environment with open space, quality housing, and even preserve farmland for sustainable agriculture. Urban design can be a grass-roots activity, with communities participating with professionals in the design of their local environment.

How do we explain the growing affordable housing shortage while luxury condominiums sprout for the wealthy?

We'll ask the panelists to bring us up to date both on how Honolulu has been planned in the past and to what extent citizens have participated. But more important, since we are advocates: How can citizens participate in urban planning so they don't feel they are simply the victims of it? How do we guarantee walkable streets, open spaces, and an environment welcoming to children, adults and senior citizens? And finally, how might we become involved in current and future planning of our own living environment? Let's learn from our panel how this might be accomplished in Honolulu.

1:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May 27 (Wednesday) program: “The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Please join us for the
9th Annual Post Legislative Forum

"The Good, Bad, and the Ugly"

Sponsored by the Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans (HARA)
and
Kokua Council
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
8:30 am to noon
At the State Capitol, Room 325
Cost: Free

Invited Speakers include:
     Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Senate President
     Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Co-Chair, Kupuna Caucus
     Senator Will Espero, Senate Majority Floor Leader
     Representative Joseph Souki, House Speaker
     Representative Scott Saiki, House Majority Leader
     Representative Gregg Takayama, Co Chair, Kupuna Caucus

To reserve a space, please RSVP by calling 722-9937 or email: wongj060@hawaii.rr.com

A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided

The Legislative Review is a forum to hear from legislators about how senior issues fared this session and to allow attendees to share issues and concerns that may be considered in the 2016 Legislative Session and beyond.

"Shining Light Awards" will be presented to individuals who have contributed to advancing senior issues in the Legislature and the community of senior advocates in the legislative process.

Monday, May 11, 2015

April 27, 2015 Meeting: Finding Funds for Your Advocacy

"Finding funds for your advocacy" with Nancy Aleck and Samantha Ruiz. Do you have a plan for action that needs an injection of resources to make it happen? Learn how to find funding so you can get busy. Alternatively, do you want to support grassroots social change in Hawaii and want to learn where to direct your contribution so it will do the most good?.

Download audio file here

Speakers:

Samantha Ruiz organizes Honolulu Soup, a micro-granting dinner meeting supporting creative projects in Honolulu. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art, and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, the organizers will collect the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.

Nancy Aleck is the Executive Director of the Hawaii People's Fund, a publicly supported community foundation established in 1972 to provide grants to progressive grassroots social change organizations working in Hawai'i. "Our philosophy of community-based strategic philanthropy offers a unique alternative to traditional charitable giving."

(note that the order of the speakers is opposite to my introduction)