Aloha United Way

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Disaster Relief


200 North Vineyard, Ste 700Honolulu, HI 96817 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Aloha United Way advances the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community by bringing together resources, organizations, and people. AUW is an impact leader serving in four critical areas to fulfill our mission: We are an ADVOCATE. Our voice highlights systemic issues facing our communities. We are a RESOURCE. AUW’s 211 Statewide Resource Helpline, ALICE Initiative, Fundraising Efforts, Community Impact Grants, and Get Connected Volunteer Portal helps connect the community and non-profits with resources and funding. We are a PARTNER. Our more than 1,000 workplace partners, 300+ nonprofit organizations, and extensive 211 Statewide Resource network make AUW a hub for change and robust cross-sector collaboration. We are a CONNECTOR. We bring people, partners, and resources together around community issues and building the frameworks for collaboration.


Aloha United Way has served the Oʻahu community for more than 100 years. Established in 1919 as the United Welfare Fund by local philanthropist, Frank C. Atherton with the help of the Honolulu Chamber of Commerce; the United Welfare Fund envisioned a more efficient way of raising and distributing charitable giving.

It was the first time in Hawaiʻi that multiple charities raised money jointly for their organizations. There were 17 charities named as recipients in the first year of the United Welfare Fund. The new group's goal was to raise $250,000 in its first year. Aloha United Way grew from this collaboration and now partners with more than 300+ nonprofit organizations.

Our programs expanded to include the ALICE, Community Care, and Safety Net Funds to assist non-profits that addresses systemic problems. Our 211 Statewide Resource Helpline connects those in need with thousands of available resources. Offering a free volunteer portal ( to both Hawai'i non-profits and user.


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