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Chaminade University's Hogan Entrepreneurial Program and American Savings Bank recently awarded a total of $34,000 to eight Hawaii non-profit organizations as part of its 2018 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition. Held every other year, the competition is open to nonprofit organizations planning to start new ventures that will benefit society.

Among this year's winners:

1st Place Winner ($12,000): Touch A Heart Ho‘ouluʻĀinaEnterprises

Touch A Heart's Ho`oulu ʻĀina Enterprises will build on the nonprofit's existing social enterprises, adding unique value-added Hawaiʻi products. The expansion to include ulu (breadfruit), kalo (taro) and kiawe (mesquite) is expected to yield net profits that will help sustain the Ho`ololi Food Services Internship Program. New pancake mixes and cookies using ulu, taro and kiawe flours have been introduced, and ice cream using locally grown ulu is also in the pipeline.

1st Runner Up ($10,000): Common Ground Collective

Common Ground Collective aims to increase food security on Maui while optimizing the use of natural resources and reversing environmental degradation. Employing mobile farmers will bring services to Maui residents that will lower the barriers to local food production while increasing economic and educational opportunities for all. It will elevate the Native Hawaiian community by fostering healthier lifestyles, collaborating to create a thriving environment and providing resources for community building and engagement.

2nd Runner Up ($5,000):Kaua`i North Shore Community Foundation'sHelp Me With My Homework

Scheduled to launch in the fall of 2018, Help Me With My Homework is a program of the Kaua`i North Shore Community Foundation (KNSCF), a grassroots nonprofit run entirely by volunteers that connects donors with community needs projects.Help Me With My Homework is a free after-school learning program for Kaua`i's North Shore middle and high school students. It is designed to help students develop study practices at home. Offering one 90-minute session each week at public locations, such as libraries, the project will start in Kilauea and Princeville and expand to Hanalei and Anahola.

3rd Runner Up ($3,000): Kids Hurt Too Hawai`i:HI Rising - A Workforce Development Social Enterprise Plan

HI Rising: A Workforce Development Social Enterprise Plan is an endeavor to provide young adults who have lost a parent or are aging out of the foster care system with intensive business skills training and life skills coaching. The project is driven by the belief that hands-on learning can improve employment outcomes. HI Rising is envisioned as a retail social enterprise that allows young adults to incubate their products from idea to sales. They will work with mentors who have expertise dealing with traumatized youth.

Four other non-profit finalists each received $1,000. They include:

  • ALEA Bridge: Resource & Navigation Center
  • Bizgenics Foundation: BizzyB
  • Hawaii HomeOwnership Center: Housing and Land Trust
  • Pop-Up Labs for Science

The cash prizes were generously donated by the Hogan Family Foundation and American Savings Bank.

All finalists were required to submit detailed business plans for the proposed ventures. The plans were evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges comprised of senior executives from banks, foundations, consulting firms, venture capital funds and leading nonprofit organizations.

Chaminade University's Hogan Entrepreneurship Program is a one- or two-year certificate program. Studentslearn first-hand from experienced Hawaii business leaders and entrepreneurs about the business of getting a new idea up and running. This involves academic coursework, mentorships and internships with business leaders, weekly lectures, study trips, and programs like the nonprofit business plan competition.



Touch a Heart's Ho'oulu ‘Aina Enterprises was awarded the first place prize during this year's Hogan and American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition.

Held every other year for nonprofits in the state of Hawaii planning to start new ventures, the Nonprofit Business Plan Competition aims to encourage excellence in nonprofit planning and help make new and innovative social enterprises a reality, as well as stimulate public interest in the nonprofit sector. Hosted by the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program, the competition exemplifies the program's motto, "Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense."


Touch a Heart is an organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the dignity of the homeless and disadvantaged in Hawaii. Their winning business plan outlined how Ho'oulu ‘Aina Enterprises aims to yield net profits to help sustain the Ho'ololi Food Services Internship Program by adding unique Hawaii products to the nonprofit's existing social enterprises. The new products will include ‘ulu (breadfruit), kalo (taro) and kiawe (mesquite).

The Ho'ololi Food Services Internship Program helps men and women become fully employable while building up the participants' confidence and hope. The Internship accepts six interns at a time and over the course of 12 weeks provides the interns with culinary skills and paid on-the-job-training. Participants also receive mentoring, resume writing assistance, and interview coaching. Upon completion of the program participants have the option of beginning their professional career in the food industry, continuing their education at a Community College or becoming a paid apprentice in one of Touch a Heart's Food Service Social Enterprises.

For the last five years American Savings Bank (ASB) has partnered with the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program in support of the competition. During this year's ceremony ASB's FVP, Director of Communications and Community, Michelle Bartell, spoke on the importance of the competition, "[This competition] really encourages entrepreneurship in the nonprofit industry. It really enables local team leaders to make an even greater positive impact on our communities. She added, "We [ASB] really believe that Hawaii needs to diversify our economy. We need, especially in the nonprofit sector, to come up with innovative and sustainable new ways to approach our most pressing community challenges." The Hogan and American Savings Bank Nonprofit Business Plan Competition provide nonprofits the funds to do just this.

Before announcing this year's finalists Dr. John Webster, Director of Hogan Entrepreneurs Program, spoke on the importance of supporting the nonprofit sector, "This sector delivers countless services which are simply not provided by government or private sector. This sector is often as entrepreneurial as the for-profit sector." He continued with, "Our aim therefore has been to make a modest contribution by helping some of those nonprofit organizations which are showing unusual entrepreneurial promise."

The runner ups in this year's competition included, Common Ground Collective: Maui's Administrative & Mobile Farming Services in second place, Kauai North Shore Community Foundation: Help Me

With My Homework in third place and Kids Hurt Too Hawaii: HI Rising in fourth place.

2018 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition finalists included ALEA Bridge, Bizgenics Foundation, Hawaii HomeOwnership Center and Pop-Up Labs for Science.

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Chaminade University of Honoluluprovides a collaborative and innovative learning environment that prepares graduate and undergraduate students for life, service and successful careers. Established in 1955, the university is guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, which include a commitment to serving the Native Hawaiian population. Chaminade offers an inclusive setting where students, faculty and staff collectively pursue a more just and peaceful society.

"This competition is especially important in light of recent news that many Hawai'i nonprofits have been scaling back or shutting down operations due to cuts in funding. It is a tough time for nonprofits, and it seems like the pool of grant money is drying up," said Hogan Program director, John Webster, PhD. "But thanks to our generous contributors, the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program will be looking for new programs that best embody its mission of 'doing social things that make business sense, as it conducts its 5th Non-Profit Business Plan Competition."

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. Chaminade is also a Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution with its main campus located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, and 10 satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at or call (808) 735-4711.



This program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade, with new skills, extensive connections, and the mind set to start new things wherever their careers may lead them.

Contributing to Society

Open to all majors and undergraduates as well as graduate students, (not just business majors,) we recognize that any graduate has the potential to start something new. New ideas that contribute to society and the well-being of communities benefit everyone, but also can make for successful, thriving businesses. This is the variety of entrepreneurial spirit we cultivate in our program. Our motto is "Doing business things that make social sense. Doing social things that make business sense."

Learning the Life and Culture of the Entrepreneur

In this program, students learn first-hand from experienced Hawai'i business leaders and entrepreneurs about the business of getting a new idea up and running. This involves:

  • Academic coursework
  • Carefully chosen mentorships and internships with seasoned business leaders
  • Attendance at our weekly lecture series
  • Broadening horizons by study trips to other locales, such as our trips to China
  • Broadening perspectives, contributing to the community and honing people skills through community service
  • An opportunity to participate in planning an actual venture with our non-profit business plan competition

Certificate Program

The Hogan Program is a 1 year or 2 year certificate program.

Director's Note

"Funded by generous contributions from The Hogan Family Foundation, this is a practical program that provides in-depth learning through contact with Hawaii's entrepreneurs. The small class size is designed to provide careful nurturing. We aim to prepare students to start and do new things--wherever their careers may lead them." -- Dr. John Webster

The Hogan Family Foundation

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Program is funded by generous contributions from the Hogan Family Foundation (website), located in California. The chair and co-chair are Ed and Lynn Hogan (pictured here with Governor Linda Lingle.)

The mission of the Hogan Family Foundation is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through the creation and operation of educational, civic-minded and humanitarian programs designed to encourage a more productive and contributory society.

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