Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Foundation for funding?
Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited proposals, and we are uncertain as to when this might change.  We recognize the substantial amount of time and resources required to prepare and submit a grant proposal and believe that no organization should waste valuable time submitting a proposal that we will not be able to consider.

Why isn’t the Foundation accepting proposals?
Rather than accepting unsolicited proposals, the Foundation develops a grantmaking strategy and then asks potential organizations who could help implement the strategy to partner with them.

Who is the Foundation currently funding?
Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation provides funding to organizations that fall into five program areas:  Environment, First Generation Partners, Hope for Kids, Housing Projects and Humanitarian Relief.  Please read our Grantmaking Guidelines for additional details and Our Partners for a complete list of the organizations with whom we are currently working.

Who was the benefactor? 
Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation was founded by Helga Glaesel-Hollenback who, in her words,  “found great happiness on the islands of Hawaiʻi” and wished “to return the generosity of the islands.” Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States and established a home in Honolulu.  Helga was actively involved in Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation until her passing in 1997.

What does the name of the foundation mean and where did that name come from?
In Hawaiian, Hauʻoli Mau Loa means “eternal happiness.”  Helga Glaesel-Hollenback selected the name to reflect her hopes for the Foundation’s impact.

Why were the current board members selected?
Two of the Foundation’s current board members  knew the Foundation’s benefactor well and worked with her on Foundation related matters.  In 2011, the Foundation’s executive director was asked to serve on the board, given her role.  The three person board then began a process to add two additional members to the board who added to the expertise and experience of the board and whose work and values aligned with the Foundation’s.  In November 2014 a fourth member was added and in June 2016 the Foundation had its full complement of five board members serving.

What is the Foundation’s geographic service area?
The Foundation concentrates its giving in Hawaiʻi, with some funding provided to organizations outside the state, working on issues internationally.

What if I still have questions about the Foundation?
Please call us or email us with questions you might have about the Foundation.  Our contact information is listed in the Contact Us section of the website.