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American Savings Bank Donates Over $1M to Local Nonprofits

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American Savings Bank Statewide Service Day on Molokaʻi. 9.22.18

Throughout the 2019 calendar year, American Savings Bank donated $1,150,030 to nearly 40 local nonprofit organizations, the company announced today.

ASB staff also contributed a total of 15,025 community service hours with more than 245 organizations.

“In 2019, our teammates broke multiple records when it came to giving back – from volunteering more time in our community to donating funds through our annual workplace giving campaign,” ASB president Rich Wacker said in a press release.


Staff members raised more than $170,000 during the companyʻs annual Kahiau Giving Campaign, with a $100,000 match from ASB. In total, $270,633 was donated to Child & Family Service, Kapiʻolani Health Foundation, Kupu, Partners in Development Foundation and United Way.

ASB’s 7th annual Hawaii Curling Club Charity Classic raised more than $100,000 for We Are Oceania, a program of Partners in Development Foundation that advocates for the overall health and wellbeing of the Micronesian community in Hawaiʻi.

This year’s event featured Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler George from the Team USA Men’s Curling Team, which took home the nation’s first ever gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and Paralympian Steve Emt.


The bank continued its tradition of hosting bi-annual cleanups in the neighborhood of its new ASB Campus, which opened in April.

Last May, hundreds of ASB teammates, family, friends and community members helped to rake, pick up litter and paint in Aala Park and surrounding areas. In October, ASB’s Statewide Seeds of Service Day, teammates participated in the bank’s 10th Community Cleanup, in addition to teammates across the state who participated in Habitat for Humanity Builds on Hawaiʻi Island, Kauaʻi, Maui and Oʻahu.

More than 1,000 local students across the islands participated in ASB’s 2019 KeikiCo Contest in the fall, which awarded $190,000 to 14 local schools.


The bi-annual contest, which started in 2015, received more than 300 business plan entries from 33 schools across the state. Students formed teams of two to five to come up with their best ideas for a chance to win cash prizes for their school, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Teachers and advisors were provided with a video curriculum, online resources and mentorship via ASB volunteers.

ASB’s 2019 gift recipients include:

  • Aloha United Way
  • American Red Cross
  • Assets School
  • Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi
  • Chaminade Hogan Nonprofit Business Plan
  • Competition
  • Child & Family Service
  • Education Incubator/Kamiloiki Elementary
  • Educator Excellence
  • Friendly Isle United Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island
  • Hale Kipa
  • Hawaiʻi Community Foundation
  • Hawaiʻi HomeOwnership Center
  • Hawaiʻi Island United Way
  • Hawaiʻi Pacific University
  • Hoola Na Pua
  • i9 Sports
  • Island School
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kapiʻolani Health Foundation
  • Kauaʻi United Way
  • Kupu
  • Maui Economic Development Board- Ke Alahele Education Fund
  • Maui Youth and Family Services
  • North Hawaiʻi Hospital
  • Oʻahu Economic Developement
  • One Shared Future
  • Onizuka Memorial Committee
  • Paani Challenge
  • Pacific & Asian Affairs Council
  • Parents and Children Together
  • Partners in Development Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Operation
  • Waiʻanae Intermediate School
  • We Are Oceania
  • YMCA Hawaiʻi



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