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Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

1050 Bishop St


Honolulu, HI 96813


Mission Statement

To transform society through ‘e hana kakou’, in achieving the highest levels of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.


While Grassroot functions as a thought leader, it is just as committed to promoting action through practical change for the good of society. In the spirit of “E Hana Kakou/ Let’s work together!”, the Institute strives to unite Hawaii’s people to work together for a better economy, government and society. To maintain its role as an independent voice and watchdog, the Grassroot Institute refuses to accept funding from the local, state or federal governments. As an I.R.S. 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, the Grassroot Institute is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates or parties.


The mission of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is to promote individual liberty, the free market and limited accountable government. Through research papers, policy briefings, commentaries and conferences, the Institute seeks to educate and inform Hawaii’s policymakers, news media and the general public.

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Director of Donor Relations
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Founded in 2001, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a private, nonprofit organization working to advance individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government.

The Director of Donor Relations is responsible for building relationships with existing donors and prospective donors in order to generate major gifts for the Grassroot Institute. This is a highly visible role representing the organization and conveying its public policy priorities and activities. The Director of Donor Relations reports to the Vice President and will also work closely with the President and Director of Finance. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Job Duties

  • Oversee a portfolio of hundreds of donors statewide, including meetings, cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Manage relationships with existing and prospective donors in all aspects of the giving cycle including: identifying, qualifying, and initiating contact; developing appropriate cultivation strategies; moving potential donors toward solicitation and closure; making solicitations; and maintaining stewardship contacts.
  • Work with the Vice President and other members of the development team to create cultivation and solicitation strategies and to craft a compelling case for support, including clear articulation of the Grassroot Institute’s historical and future impact.
  • Identify donors and prospects who merit visits with the Vice President and President.
  • Produce fundraising materials as needed, including letters, newsletters and emails.

Special Skills/Requirements

  • Education: BA/BS
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Interest in/knowledge of Hawaii public policy
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in using donor databases

Application Process

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter including your philosophical interest in this position and salary requirements

Apply here.

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