The winners of the seventh Hogan/American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition will be announced at an awards ceremony at Chaminade University on Wednesday, April 27.

Held every two years, Chaminade’s Hogan Entrepreneurs Nonprofit Business Plan Competition has received more than 300 entrants, given cash awards to more than 50 finalists, and awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars to local nonprofit organizations since 2003.

“We look for projects that address a clearly defined need and will deliver a tangible social return,” Dr. John Webster, Hogan Entrepreneurs Program director at Chaminade University said.

“American Savings Bank recognizes the vital role nonprofits play in finding solutions to some of our community’s most pressing needs. We applaud all the competition’s applicants for their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit,” American Savings Bank President & CEO Rich Wacker said. “It’s an honor to once again support the Hogan Nonprofit Business Plan Competition and to provide Hawaii’s nonprofits with the resources they need to succeed.”

“Past organizations used the prize money to get started and we’ve seen some winners use (the prize money) to grow their organizations into successful ventures,” Webster said. “(The competition) is also a great opportunity to bring recognition to the organizations.”

Below are the 8 finalists for 2016 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition:

Bee Team (Kauai) Expanding efforts to rescue pollinating insects by building pharmaceutical free colonies.
Hawai‘i Nature Center (Oahu) Bringing its environmental field programs to Windward District middle schools.
Ho‘okumu Foundation (Oahu) Providing Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to compete for government contracts at the local, state and federal levels.
Ōlelo Community Media (Oahu) Working to train incarcerated women to help them acquire production skills while helping to meet the media needs of Oahu’s diverse communities.
P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Inc. (Oahu, Hawai‘i Island) Expanding outreach efforts by offering the “ScreamFree Parenting Interactive Online Curriculum” to those who are unable to attend a parenting class in person.
Purple Mai‘a Foundation (Oahu) Bringing Computer Science education to schools on the Waianae coast to give the youth of the predominantly Hawaiian communities there access to tech industry jobs.
The Georgia E. Morikawa (GEM) Center (Oahu) Expanding their work for seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
We Are Oceania (WAO) and the Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) (Oahu) Launching a manufacturing and distribution venture to help Micronesians develop new paths to an improved quality of life by capitalizing on their creative skills.

 

This year, the winning nonprofit organization will receive $14,000, followed by $10,000 for second place, $5,000 for third, $3,000 for fourth, and $1,000 will go to each of the four runners-up.

Awards Ceremony for 2016 Hogan/American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition:
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
10 am-12 pm
Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii

Nonprofit Organizations in Hawaii

In the islands, more than 6,500 nonprofits are in operation and of that figure, 501(c) (3) charitable organizations make up the majority share with approximately 5,000. Human services (31%), education

(18%), and arts, culture, and humanities (15%), make up the top three types of Hawaii nonprofits in terms of total number in operation.

Nonprofit Organizations Nationwide

Even with the aid of the web, social media, and web analytics—technologies that help to target outreach efforts and apply consistent, omnipresent messaging—nonprofits are having difficulty securing the resources needed to respond to changes or pursue new opportunities. A 2014 study by Grantmakers for Effective

Organizations (GEO) noted that the biggest challenge facing nonprofits is raising money. Compounding those financial challenges is a growing need in communities for services that government organizations traditionally handled but no longer do, the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2014 State of the Sector found.

About Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chaminade University is a private, Catholic university offering more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs and is federally designated as a Native Hawaiian serving institution. Guided by its Catholic,

Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade prepares students for careers in an evolving global marketplace rooted in the development of moral character, personal competencies and a commitment to build a just and peaceful society . Please visit chaminade.edu for more information.

 

About the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program at Chaminade University
Funded by generous contributions from The Hogan Family Foundation, Chaminade University’s Hogan Entrepreneurs Program provides in-depth learning through contact with Hawaii’s entrepreneurs. The Foundation operates education, humanitarian, and civic-minded programs that encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.

About American Savings Bank

Since 1925, ASB has served Hawai‘i’s businesses and communities by providing a full range of financial products and services including business and consumer banking, home loans, insurance, and investments. ASB is one of Hawai‘i’s leading financial institutions, with online and mobile banking services and branch locations statewide offering evening, weekend and holiday hours. For seven consecutive years, ASB has been named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” and was the winner of the large company category in 2015. For three consecutive years, ASB has been recognized as one of the “Best Banks to Work For” in the U.S. by American Banker Magazine. For more than 90 years, ASB has been helping build strong communities. Through its Seeds of Service program, ASB teammates have contributed more than 22,000 hours of volunteer service, and the bank has donated millions of dollars to Hawaii schools, nonprofits and community organizations.

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