April Newsletter

Your announcements, accomplishments, up-coming events or trainings are most welcome. Sorry, we do not publish fund raising events. Email to alex@hysn.org by the 25th of the month prior to publication.


Last month, I attended an Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) federal grantee meeting that focused on sustainability. We are in the middle of the fourth year of a five-year grant. As one of the federal staff stated, “You are 75 grantees selected out of 1,100 application. The competition will be just as tough next time around and there is no guarantee that you will be one of the winners.”

Sustainability is not just about money – although without funding, what you can do will be extremely limited. I would like to share with you the 8 sustainability factors identified by Office of Adolescent Health.

  1. Create an action strategy: Develop your sustainability plan and put it into action.
  2. Assess the environment: Looking at community readiness, local demographics, existing services, and the financial and political climate.
  3. Be adaptable: Community needs evolve and we need to respond to them.
  4. Secure community support: Promote your program and services. Use program leaders and community champions to share your message.
  5. Integrate program services into community infrastructures: Integrate programs, services, and practices into the broader community framework.
  6. Build a leadership team: Identify strong internal leaders and external community champions. Promote leadership development.
  7. Create strategic partnerships: Establish a shared vision and commitment to sustainability.Leverage partner
  8. Secure diverse financial opportunities: Develop a strategy for seeking funding. Build fund raising and grant
    writing capacity.

OAH has created a sustainability resource guide with a number of assessment and planning tools. HYSN plans to develop a sustainability workshop using these tools and offer it to you over the next year or so.

Click here to view the resource guide



You’ve heard the expression: “Think globally, act locally.” That expression usually applies to our imprint on the environment. But it also is a fitting description of how potential donors and others find your nonprofit online. Today, your nonprofit may be using a domain name ending in “.org,” but starting in late summer 2014, two new domain extensions will be available for nonprofits: “.NGO” and “.ONG.” Unlike .org, the new domains will be available only to
charitable nonprofits and other tax-exempt organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations (commonly referred to as “NGOs”) – thus creating for the first time an international database of verified or “genuine” NGOs (according to the
Public Interest Registry , the entity that was originally created to manage the .ORG domains). Why might a nonprofit decide to reserve or use a new domain name in addition to its existing URL? Reserving one of the new URLs may help avoid future confusion in the event another organization reserves the same name with a different ending. To make sure your nonprofit has
the opportunity to reserve a domain name using one or both of the new endings, visit GlobalNGO.org and fill out an “Expression of Interest” so that you are contacted and have the opportunity to reserve the new domain names when they are released on a first come, first served basis later this year. Learn more.



Join us on Wednesday, April 16 at 2:30pm EST (8:30am HST) for Integrating the Evidence-Based Program, Making Proud Choices into the Child Welfare System. This webinar will present results from a project designed to integrate an adapted version of the Making Proud Choices program for use with youth in out-of-home care into child welfare systems in selected states and counties. Project participants (Judith Clark) from Hawaii, Alameda County, CA, Minnesota, and Rhode Island will talk about their experience and lessons learned, and The National Campaign will present results from the process evaluation.

Get more details and register


Sponsored by Hawaii People’s Fund and Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations This training will share best practices in the legal and financial arenas that will help you set your organization up for success.

First up – Brian Ezuka, an attorney who specializes in nonprofit law. Brian will discuss the essential legal elements of a nonprofit organization and best practices to create and maintain structural stability, including compliance with federal law and state laws.

Followed by – Linda Ezuka, a consultant who specializes in nonprofits and finance. Linda will share how to set up a basic bookkeeping system that will create a foundation for your organization’s accounting and financial reporting process. Topics will include an overview of the basics of an effective bookkeeping system, how to create a basic nonprofit budget and how to get your financial records in order.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
9 am-3:30 pm
Registration & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30
Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union
1226 College Walk, Honolulu
Map Link

Parking $3 or on street; carpooling encouraged
Special Hawaii People’s Fund price: $50
Includes morning refreshments and lunch

Neighbor Islands: Limited travel support available.
Priority given to 1) Hawaii People’s Fund grantees in good standing;
2) Organizations with budgets under $250,000.

Call Hawaii Peoples Fund (Honolulu) at 593-9969
or e-mail – HPFgrants@lava.net for more information.


safeTalk trainings will be held on:
Maui – April 4, May 5
Kauai – April 25, June 9
Hawai’i – March 27, March 28
Oahu – April 3, May 8

Online registration is available at: http://tinyurl.com/ktatqx2

More training dates for safeTALK and ASIST are forthcoming.
Please email sptrainings@dop.hawaii.edu to receive updates as dates are finalized.