HMSA employees and retirees donate to United Way every year through our Workplace Giving Campaign. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, fundraisers on Oahu included a craft fair, silent auction, and an executive breakfast, where HMSA executives served food and drinks while entertaining employees.
Blood Bank of Hawaii
For nearly four decades, HMSA employees have donated blood to help save lives. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted five blood drives annually where employees donated more than 300 pints. Two blood drives are planned for 2023 in addition to encouraging employees to donate at mobile locations statewide.
We’re pleased to support and sponsor events, programs, and fundraisers that help improve the health and well-being of communities. We give priority to activities that focus on disease prevention, health equity, and access to care.
For more information, visit our Giving Guidelines page.
Community Grant Program
In 2017, HMSA partnered with Hawaii’s Federally Qualified Health Centers to better understand community health, the impacts of social determinants of health, and how HMSA could strengthen relationships with health centers. With the close of the grant in 2020, we published a final report [PDF] detailing the accomplishments and lessons learned from 14 FQHCs in the state. We continue to collaborate and partner with community-based organizations that are committed to strengthening the health and well-being of Hawaii.
The HMSA Foundation has implemented a new way of grantmaking to lift community practices that build health and shift the power of philanthropy to community partners. The Foundation believes this funding partnership leads to better outcomes. The Foundation is partnering with a hui (cohort) of 10 nonprofit organizations from across the state in a community-based model called Pilinaha. Kokua Kalihi Valley and Islander Institute developed this framework, which is derived from shared community values and practices and defines health and well-being by building connections, relationships, and trust to further deepen how we view and create health in Hawaii.
The Foundation committed six years of operational funding support and connection for the hui to learn, grow, and work together.
To learn more, visit http://hmsafoundation.org/.