Support Change, Not Charity™


Courage To Change

2016 Mahalo Dinner Fundraiser

Saturday, November 12th

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi – Mānoa Grand Ballroom


This annual gathering of community organizers and advocates of social change offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network, share, and honor the growing grassroots movement of Change, Not Charity. 


Join us as we celebrate our past and present grantees, our collective commitment to effecting positive change in our communities, and each other!


This year, we honor none other than Nancy Aleck, who for 13 years served as the Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund.  Through Nancyʻs tireless leadership and innovative grassroots organizing, Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund was able to reach, support, and fund countless community controlled and designed initiatives addressing social justice inequities. 


Please join us in honoring our superhero!




  • Add Photos
  • View All

Funding Social Change in Hawai‘i Since 1972


Community Funds & Action!


From its earliest grantmaking, in 1972-3 into the 1990s, Hawaii People’s Fund supported community organizing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The critical grassroots groups were Third Arm and People Against Chinatown Evictions (PACE).


Several continuous Hawaii People’s Fund constituents were part of these groups and one asked if we might help preserve more of the stories from this important period of strategic activism,


Hawaii People’s Fund worked with a UH student-intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Sonja Cookman put this article together. She met with about a dozen organizers from those days. She also scanned a number of original documents, organizational newsletters and media coverage. Hawaii People’s Fund was able to digitize a couple hundred old slides.


The original activists plan to come together to archive more of their memories. Hawaii People’s Fund hopes this article, the first source documents, and the ongoing work of the surviving organizers will help preserve the history and serve to inspire and inform continued struggles against evictions and gentrification and activism for access to health care, housing and dignity for all.

Click the title above or open the document below to read Sonjaʻs paper.


See more pictures by movement photographer, Ed Greevy, here:


Visit us on Facebook!

We are a grassroots organization working for social change.

Join Us on Facebook


Sign up for People's Newsletter!


             Join a collective of your neighbors,

         real and virtual, who share your values:

       Hawaii People’s Fund partners in change.


© 2016   Created by Micky Huihui.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service