March 2014
Concept Developed

  • The Stronger Families Fund® concept was inspired by one family whose gift of $25,000 annually set the stage for increased commitment by our most dedicated supporters.
  • The idea is introduced to and approved by the Development & Marketing Committee, CFS Executive Leadership and Board of Directors.

May 2014
First Gift


(Above, L to R: Howard Garval, President & CEO, Child & Family Service, Colleen & Wayne Minami)

  • Colleen and Wayne Minami, long time supporters of CFS, become the co-founders of the Stronger Families Fund® through their lead pledge of the first $100k. Their generosity launches the campaign and inspires others to give through a match challenge

June 2014
In Honor of Nanette Dancil

  • The second Stronger Families Fund® $100k is pledged by an anonymous donor, in honor of Nanette Dancil, to support CFS programs on Maui. This gift is the match to the Minami’s challenge.

December 2014
Anonymous Gift

  • The continued contributions by the family that inspired the fund arrives, continuing fundraising momentum and encouraging others to take action and show their support.

March 2015
BOD Match Challenge

  • An anonymous donor pledges $100k as a match challenge to leverage support by the already committed CFS Board of Directors.

June 2015
Hui Success

  • The CFS Board surpasses the match challenge and collectively pledges $500k, reinforcing their believe in the importance of private funding to support the work of CFS. The inaugural Stronger Families Fund® hui finishes strong and wraps up FY15 only one donor away from securing the first $1 million.

September 2015
Historic Signing

  • A signing ceremony celebrating the first Stronger Families Fund® Hui is held at the Pacific Club in Honolulu. The event marks the momentous achievement of all the donors and fundraisers that committed their time and energy to establishing this fund for CFS.
  • CFS approaches longtime donors to consider joining the Stronger Families Fund to reach the founding fund goal of $1-million.

October 2015
Next Fund Launched


(L to R) Cedric Ota, GCA 2nd VP, Johnny Y. Higa, GCA Executive VP, Karen Tan, CFS VP of Programs, David Striph, EVP Howard Hughes Corp., Todd Apo, VP Community Dev, Howard Hughes Corp., Gladys Hagemann, GCA Deputy Director, George Ehara, GCA President and Clay Asato, GCA 1st VP.

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