Who We Are

Hawaii International HOPE Foundation (HIHF) is a small group of people from around the world who believe that there is more that can be done for disadvantaged groups than simply feeling sorry for them. HOPE stands for “Home of Opportunity, Peace, and Education. We began our work in 2001 and became a 501(c)3 organization shortly thereafter. All HIHF funds go directly to our projects.  We do not accept donations from governments, large corporations, or religious organizations. 

Our mission is to support locally-driven community development efforts in Southeast Asia. We believe that on-the-ground organizations have the knowledge necessary to create positive change in the communities they live and work in, and that building relationships with these organizations is a key component to holistic, sustainable development.

What We Do

HIHF awards small grants to organizations operating within Southeast Asia in specific program areas that are identified annually by the board of directors.

While our primary support is in small grants, we seek to foster deeper, more long-term relationships than the average funder-grantee, through additional partnership opportunities year-round, sharing of information and expertise, and active participation in each other’s efforts to create positive change.

2018 Grants

Our grant priorities for 2018 fall into three categories: rural development; primary education; and youth education. Approximately $1,500 will be awarded in each category to one or more projects, for a total of $4,500.

Please review our funding guidelines before you submit an application.

How You Can Help

We need your support! A donation to HIHF is a donation to small organizations with fewer and less access to resources—meaning your dollar goes a long way.

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No matter how big or small, your donation will make a difference.


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From Our Blog

The People of Malawi

My driver, Mumford. Excellent logistical support for the project from CNFA (Cultivation New Frontiers in Agriculture) and USAID. Ladies selling mushrooms in Lilongwe. 42 percent of the people live on less than a dollar a day in...