The Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF) was established in 1993 by state legislation, Chapter 350B of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS). This legislation created a public-private partnership between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Hawaii Community Foundation and structured the partnership to involve three advisory groups (a statewide Coalition, an Advisory Committee, and an Advisory Board). The mission of HCTF is to ensure that Hawaii’s children develop into healthy, productive, and caring individuals by promoting the advancement of community family strengthening programs to prevent child abuse and neglect. As the lead private partner for HCTF, the Hawaii Community Foundation holds and is responsible for the endowed fund that provides a permanent source of support for the grantmaking activities and other expenditures that support HCTF’s mission.

Statewide Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Framework:
The HCTF Coalition, Advisory Committee, and some Advisory Board members have been actively participating in the development of a community-based Statewide Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Framework, alongside many other community stakeholders, organizations, and agencies. The statewide efforts are funded by private foundation partners and are coordinated by the Hawaii Children’s Action Network (HCAN). The Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund is a small part of a greater effort focused on CAN prevention work across Hawaii and your engagement in this work is valuable. To learn more about these efforts and to engage in CAN Prevention discussions, consider joining the HCTF Coalition as an advocate, stakeholder, service provider, or survivor of child abuse & neglect. For more information about how to join the Coalition email, [email protected].

About HCTF Grantmaking:
Grantmaking under the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund is guided by the priorities identified by the HCTF Coalition. The Advisory Committee takes these discussions and coordinates one or more focus areas that would guide the development of a Request for Proposals. The Advisory Board, as directed by the Advisory Committee, finalizes the focus area, and makes recommendations to the Hawaii Community Foundation regarding the development of the Request for Proposals as well as the timeline of the grantmaking cycle. It is anticipated that the next RFP will be developed and released in 2021 through this process.

Previous HCTF Grantmaking:
In 2013, HCTF celebrated its 20th anniversary. In its first 20 years, HCTF invested approximately $8.1 million in child abuse and neglect prevention programs, as well as public awareness efforts in Hawaii. In early 2017, in response to a need for predictable and stable funding sources, HCTF committed to three-years of investment in qualified projects, services, and activities that address areas of priority identified by the HCTF advisory groups and stakeholders. Below are the grantees that received three-year HCTF awards and completed their programs in 2020:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION CENTER
Pulama I Ka Ohana (PIKO) Plus

FAMILY HUI HAWAII
Hui Parenting Support Groups

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES OF WEST HAWAII
First Connections: Linking Young Families to Support through Innovative Use of Technology

INSTITUTE FOR NATIVE PACIFIC EDUCATION AND CULTURE
INPEACE Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program

KAPIOLANI HEALTH FOUNDATION
The Period of PURPLE Crying program at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children

MALAMA NA MAKUA A KEIKI
Malama Mother-Child Program

NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE OF PUNA
Family Strengthening through Home Visiting

THE SALVATION ARMY- HAWAIIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDS DIVISIONS
Parent/Child Services Coach