23 march the role of network fundersPresentation Transcript
NNF Peer Assist – Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Chris van Bergeijk & Kina Mahi, Network Funder Hawaii Community Foundation Bob Agres, Network Weaver Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development & the Ho‘owaiwai Network Balancing Emerging Network Impact & Desired Funder Outcomes
Introductions – Chris van Bergeijk & Kina Mahi and Bob Agres
Hawaii Community Foundation – Network Funding
Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development – Ho‘owaiwai Network
Ho‘owaiwai Successes & Challenges
Peer Assist Questions & Brainstorming
HCF’s History of Network Funding
Youth Matters, 2006 – 2011
Schools of the Future, 2009 – 2014
Ho‘owaiwai Asset Building, 2010 and beyond
Difficult for a funder to cultivate a network from ground zero
Funder expectations and participant readiness must match up
Investing in network weavers has been a proven strategy
Trade-off between disbursed, shared leadership and efficiency
What is Ho‘owaiwai ?
A Hawaiian word meaning “ to enrich ,” and whose root “wai” means “fresh water.”
In old Hawai‘i, water was wealth, everyone was responsible for its care, its abundance affected the livelihood of an entire village.
Today, a network of more than 240 organizations and individuals dedicated to asset building in Hawai‘i since 2004.
What is Asset Building ?
Asset Building is a process that:
encourages people, especially low income individuals and those living in poverty, to accumulate, develop, and preserve all types of assets – financial knowledge, access to credit, savings and investment.
allows for the development of human and social assets – personal determination, knowledge and skill building, and community networks.
Asset building is important, since assets are essential to:
financial security in difficult times – dignity of choice and control
economic opportunities for self and family – realization of human potential
leave a legacy for future generations – reduction of the cycle of poverty
Network Context: Why Ho‘owaiwai ? A network to advance the asset building movement in Hawaii
Network Context: Life Cycle of Ho‘owaiwai Though it hasn’t followed a linear path, Ho‘owaiwai is now in an organization mode moving toward growth.
Network Context: The Ho‘owaiwai Picture Ho‘owaiwai has been moving down the scale to decentralized network, bringing up questions of future structure/governance models.
Network Context: HCF’s role in Ho‘owaiwai HCF’s role has been primarily as sponsor & participant. As Ho‘owaiwai continues, HCF will look to evaluate network impact and tangible outcomes.
Ho‘owaiwai Network Successes
Longevity – since 2004
Geographic Diversity – active participation from all islands, counties
Recent Momentum of regional island/county efforts
Hawaii Island Network & Cities for Financial Empowerment
Emerging Kauai Network
Projects & Accomplishments:
Making Work Pay - VITA , EITC, tax policies
Providing Financial Education - public awareness, schools, workplaces