In 1955, Guide Dogs of Hawaii (GDH) was founded to enable Hawaii’s blind and visually impaired (BVI) residents to obtain guide dogs when the state’s quarantine regulations made it difficult. We have been lowering barriers for BVI independence ever since.
Everyone is entitled to a life of opportunity, happiness, and connection. This is why GDH serves as a community where people with vision loss can build confidence, meet friends, and learn skills to create fulfilling lives. GDH provides its clients, on all six main Hawaii islands, meaningful experiences that help them thrive in spite of, or in some cases because of, their visual impairments.
As the premiere BVI support organization in the state, our services transform lives. Children who used to hide behind their parents, gain the confidence to give speeches to Rotary Clubs. Adults who were unsure about leaving the house on their own, learn advanced Microsoft Office skills to prepare them for their first job. Seniors who thought they lost everything with their sight, learn to cook for themselves, maintain their health and enjoy vibrant social lives.
For over 65 years, our services have been funded by the generous contributions from individuals, corporations, private foundations and other institutions. This makes it possible for us to support our BVI clients’ goal to achieve and maintain self-reliance. Always conscious of our resources, we find ways to make each dollar count by successfully completing our programs on time and on or under budget while never charging our clients or their families for our quality services. GDH has been managing its endowment for decades with a stellar record.
GDH cannot exist without the support of the broader community. Financial investments like yours will allow us to continue to implement our state-of-the-art programs that ensure BVI people can excel in school, find meaningful employment, and age with dignity. GDH has already had a phenomenally successful journey, and we need your support in ensuring it continues for many decades to come.
The following endowment vehicles empower you to become a partner in granting independence for generations of GDH clients. These instruments magnify your impact over the long term and could provide you with significant financial benefits in the short term. Please review the options below to see the ways that your gift today can drive our transformational vision far into the future.
Guide Dogs of Hawaii has a special partnership with our community that has allowed us to accomplish so much. Living a life with vision loss is fraught with many challenges, yet GDH consistently demonstrates that we can overcome these hardships when we work together.
Planned giving is an opportunity to make a promise to support transformation in our community. We hope you’ll partner with us to give the gift of independence. Planned gifts provide a vital source of revenue that supports GDH in the same way we aim to support our clients: by providing tools of self-reliance. Your legacy can be to help us ensure ours.