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National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development;
The Foundations for the Future Report is a case study focused on Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA), and demonstrates how the organization worked closely with its members and partners to build wealth in Native Hawaiian communities through financial capability programming. The authors introduce the term Empowerment Economics to categorize this process and expand upon current approaches to financial capability. On the surface, what HCA offers to families is a classic financial capability program. But digging deeper into their approach, we found the seeds of empowerment economics in how these services and educational opportunities are designed, implemented in the community, and spread across generations.
State of Hawaiʻi, the Department of Human Services--Homeless Programs Office;
With the goal of better understanding critical junctures that influence whether one may become or remain homeless, we examine in this report three subpopulations of homeless within Hawai'i—specifically, youth emancipated from foster care, individuals discharged from medical care, and individuals released from incarceration. A growing body of research indicates that institutional discharge may offer a "window of opportunity" for intervention, potentially preventing or reducing the likelihood of subsequent homelessness. Our hope is that by illuminating the people, processes, and institutions engaged in and affected by institutional discharge in Hawaiʻi, we as a community can more effectively capitalize on the opportunities for intervention that discharge presents.
Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation;
In an effort to capture the key lessons the Foundation learned about working with the Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners, the Foundation wrote a Reflections document. This document captures five key insights about engaging with and supporting Partners in connecting with each other.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute;
Why is there so much difference in the health of residents in one county compared to other counties in the same state? In this report, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program explores how wide gaps are throughout Hawaii and what is driving those differences. This information can help Hawaii state leaders as they identify ways for everyone to have a fair chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Specifically, this document can help state leaders understand: 1. What health gaps are and why they matter 2. The size and nature of the health gaps among counties within Hawaii 3. What factors are influencing the health of residents, and 4. What state and local communities can do to address health gaps.
Hawaii Community Foundation;
The Hawaii Community Foundation commissioned SMS Research to conduct a telephone survey of 900 households throughout the state on their charitable and philanthropic giving and volunteering. This research on Hawaii's givings follows up similar surveys conducted in previous years.
The percentatge of Hawaii's households that give cash, goods and time (volunteer).The amount of their giving.What kinds of nonprofits and issue areas they contributed to.Reasons and motivations for giving to charity and nonprofits.Plans for giving that people include in wills, bequests or trusts.
Hawaii Community Foundation;
Hawii Community Foundation Annual Report. This report is a "thank you" to all the individuals, families and businesses that partner with HCF to deliver lasting impact in our community. Our goal is to deliver their stories with the highest quality and in the most cost-effective way so that we continue to maximize our resources to help our island home.
Hawaii Community Foundation;
This is the year in review annual report for the Hawaii Community Foundation. The Hawaii Community Foundation distributed more than $43 million in grants and contracts into the community from over 650 funds established by individuals, families and businesses who care about making Hawaii a better place.
American Institutes for Research;
The Schools of the Future (SOTF) initiative was funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) to promote the teaching and learning of 21st century skills in participating private schools. Eighteen five-year grants to private schools (including two partnerships representing four schools) were awarded in 2009. For a variety of reasons (e.g., school closings, perceived lack of fit, implementation capacity), several of the original grants ended before the fifth grant year. In 2013 -- 14, 14 of the original 18 school grantees completed the five-year grant period. American Institutes for Research (AIR) conducted the evaluation of the SOTF initiative. AIR's affiliate, Learning Point Associates, was the original contracted evaluator before it merged with AIR in January 2011. The evaluation was designed to describe the differences among the SOTF schools and their individual project designs; assess the maturation of the SOTFs; and provide the client with useful information. The evaluation does not include an outcome component -- that is, an assessment of changes in student achievement -- because of the limited availability of student achievement data used across the initiative.
Hawaii Community Foundation;
This report provides summary findings from seven convenings in May 2014 to discuss the current trends affecting the nonprofit sector and needs for future capacity building. Attendees represented a statewide cross-section of nonprofit organizational leaders in arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health, and human services, as well as representatives of funding organizations and consultants serving the nonprofit sector. A total of seven meetings were convened on Hawai'i (1), Kaua'i (1), Maui (1), and O'ahu (4 - 2 groups of nonprofit leaders, 1 funders' group, and 1 consultants' group).
Center for Popular Democracy;
This report echoes a warning from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General. The report draws upon news reports, criminal complaints and more to detail how, in just 15 of the 42 states that have charter schools, charter operators have used school funds illegally to buy personal luxuries for themselves, support their other businesses, and more. The report also includes recommendations for policymakers on how they can address the problem of rampant fraud, waste and abuse in the charter school industry. Both organizations recommend pausing charter expansion until these problems are addressed.
Nonprofit Finance Fund;
Government funding for elder care in the United States is becoming increasingly strained as the number of seniors and the cost of healthcare rise. Medicare paid $560 billion for hospital visits, prescription drugs, and other services in 2010 and expects to pay out just over $1 trillion by 2022. Medicaid, which covers long-term care for individuals with low income and assets, is the source of payment for 70% of nursing home stays across the country and paid $48.2 billion for senior residential care in 2007.
As the costs of Medicare and Medicaid soar, practitioners in Hawaii and around the country have experimented with preventive and supportive aging-in-place services that reduce the cost of service while improving the lives of seniors. Rather than rushing an elder to the emergency room after a dangerous fall in the bathroom, providers have begun installing hand and safety rails in the home to prevent falls. Other providers are offering preventive health and nutrition classes that help seniors maintain their health and delay the need for long-term residential care.
By focusing on preventive services rather than treating only advanced health needs, aging-in-place service providers are helping seniors maintain independence at home, avoid nursing home admission, reduce hospitalization, and minimize social isolation. Studies show that those who choose to age at home have better health outcomes while incurring significantly lower health costs than those who age in nursing homes. In addition to saving financial resources, aging in place is popular among seniors: a full 90% of American seniors share the desire to remain in their homes as they age.
The value of aging in place is particularly relevant in Hawaii, which has the highest life expectancy of any state and the second highest cost of living in the country. By 2030, Hawaii expects to have an older population of 475,000 individuals, representing 29.7% of the population and a 310% increase during the 55-year period from 1980-2035. As the number of seniors aging in Hawaii rapidly increases, the state faces limited capacity in its residential care homes. With only 4,200 beds in nursing homes and 7,000 spaces in residential facilities in 2010, Hawaii's current facilities would be able to serve only 30% of the 38,000 older adults projected to need long-term care in 2035.6
Increasing the portion of seniors aging in place could increase the happiness of Hawaii's seniors ("kupuna") and save significant resources for society. However, a continuum of wrap-around services must be available to seniors if they are to age in place effectively. Aging-in-place services must be available to transport elders, support needs in the home (safety, cleaning, cooking, etc.), connect elders with a community, provide respite for caregivers, and monitor and address health/nursing needs. Without this comprehensive support, elders living alone are not empowered to age with dignity and are more likely to become ill or incur injuries.