Program & General Operating Support

McInerny Foundation

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Grant amount: US $4,000 - US $200,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Hawaii

Location of residency: Hawaii

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About this funder:



The McInerny Foundation is one of the largest charitable foundations in the State of Hawai‘i. Its funds originated from the estates of twin brothers, William and James  McInerny, and their older sister, Ella McInerny, whose wealth was generated in large part by a distinguished clothing establishment in the city of Honolulu. 

Today, McInerny Foundation is honored for its generous contributions to education and social services to which most of their grantmaking is allocated, while the balance of their  funding is distributed for arts and culture, health, environment, and other projects. 

Fields of Interest

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Human Services

Program Support: Support is provided for programs and projects that better the lives of individuals and families in the state of Hawaii.

General Operating Support: Support is usually provided to organizations having an established relationship with the Foundation. 

Additional Information

Board of Directors

In order to be successful in accomplishing its purposes, a charitable organization generally must have community and business support, rather than relying solely on foundations or government funding. For this reason the Distribution Committee pays particular attention to how active members of an organization’s Board of Directors are in carrying out their responsibilities to the organization.   

Other Factors

Some other factors considered in reviewing a proposal are:

  • the community’s need for the proposed program or project in relation to other similar activities;
  • reasonableness of the project’s income/expenditure budget;
  • ability of the applicant to obtain entire funding and sustain the proposed project.

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  • Organizations must be exempt from federal taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and be classified as a public charity.
  • The Distribution Committee will accept only one request a year from an organization.
  • McInerny Foundation has long required that all (100%) directors make a personal annual financial contribution, at some level, to the support of the organization; in addition to participating in fundraising activities.
    • Directors are also required to attend Board meetings, volunteer work when needed, and make significant efforts to gain community and business support.


  • Generally, the Foundation prefers to be one of several contributors to an activity, expecting the applicant to acquire needed funds from several sources to assure the continuation of the activity in the future.


  • Although the Trust is broad-purposed, it does not make grants to churches or individuals, nor for endowments, reserve purposes, deficit financing, or for the purchase of real estate.