Money pours in to relief fund

HONOLULU — Less than two weeks after it was established, the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation has received over $1 million in donations from more than 300 generous donors in Hawaii and abroad.

Most recently, a $50,000 donation was made by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany.

Other donors include: The Castle Foundation, Kaiser Hospital Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Island Insurance and hundreds of online contributors to the fund, which was originally established by Pierre and Pam Omidyar and HCF.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from so many individuals and businesses,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of HCF. “Every gift flowing through this fund is helping our neighbors on Kauai to rebuild and recover.”

He added, “On an organizational level, we have waived all service fees for this fund for the first 90 days so that resources can move quickly, and our Kauai staff can focus on convening community partners and overcoming the relief effort’s logistical barriers.”

Grants have been distributed in four rounds — with the first round going out within 24 hours of the establishment of the fund. Subsequent grants were made weekly totaling over $350,000 to 17 Kauai organizations to help provide immediate aid — from food to emergency shelter — and to help stabilize communities through childcare support and social services.

Donations to the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund can be made online at HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org/KauaiRelief or by mail at Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

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