Red Cross of Hawaiʻi received $1.7 million in posthumous gifts from three estates
In 2021, the American Red Cross of Hawaiʻi received $1.7 million bequeathed by the estates of three donors, the largest contributions to the organization in many years.
These posthumous gifts are a powerful resource for supporting the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering and ensuring a legacy of community resilience.
Robert G. Schmidt, a veteran described as a man of few words and a big heart, gifted $1 million to the Red Cross along with other non-profits and Kaumakapili Church in Honolulu. It was only after his passing that his anonymity was lifted after years of contributions.
The estate of Peggy Whipperman donated $554,000 in conjunction with a property sale in Hilo; and the estate of Natalie Mahoney donated $145,000.
Their donations will go to support the programs of the Hawaiʻi Red Cross in disaster response and preparedness.
“These gifts speak to the desire to create a lasting legacy in ensuring our Hawaiʻi Red Cross can fulfill our mission of helping those in the community in the face of disasters and emergencies,” said Diane Peters-Nguyen, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region. “Each donation represents lives touched in a powerful and positive way that can then be passed on to the next person in need.”