Nominations for the 2019 Servco Foundation Community Grant Program are closed.

We received nearly 5,000 nominations representing over 550 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii! We will be reviewing all nominations carefully and plan to announce the 19 nonprofit recipients in early October.  


Terms & Conditions


In celebration of Servco Pacific Inc.’s centennial, 19 nonprofit organizations, identified through a public nomination process, will be chosen to receive $20,000 each.

1. Program Period: The Servco Community Grant Program (the “Program”) begins on June 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time (“HST”) and ends on July 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. HST (the “Program Period”). Following the Program Period, entries will be reviewed and nineteen (19) non-profit organizations will each be awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from The Servco Foundation (“Sponsor”).

2. Eligibility:

“Nominators” must be:
(a) individuals who are legal residents of the State of Hawaii;
(b) at least eighteen (18) years of age as of the date of nomination; and
(c) not employed by or in a leadership position with the nominated organization.

“Nominees” must be:
(a) 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations;
(b) located in Hawaii; and
(c) in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Ineligible Nominees: For purposes of this Program, the following groups and/or organizations are not considered Nominees and are ineligible for a grant:

  • Those not recognized as 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service;
  • Those that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, medical condition, sex or gender (including pregnancy), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law;
  • Organizations no longer in operation;
  • Educational institutions not specifically serving a special needs group;
  • Those that only serve their own membership, such as fraternal organizations, labor organizations or religious groups; and
  • Political parties or candidates.


3. To Participate: During the Program Period, Nominators may visit (the “Web Site”) and follow the instructions to complete the entry form provided that includes the name of the organization being nominated along with a description in 150 words or less explaining why the organization they identified is worthy of a grant from Sponsor (each, an “Entry”).

All Entries must: 1) Be the original, personal creation of the Nominator and solely owned by the Nominator; 2) Be suitable for publication as determined at the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor; 3) Not describe any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or promote any particular political agenda or message; 4) Not include material that is sexually oriented, explicit, suggestive or exploits people in a sexual or violent manner; 5) Not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about any Program Entity or other entities or individuals or any of their respective products; and 6) Not communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate.

Limit one (1) Entry per person and per email address. Each Entry must be complete and meet all criteria set forth in the Terms and Conditions to be eligible.

By submitting an Entry, Nominator acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may obtain many Entries in connection with this Program and that such Entries may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to other Entries submitted in connection with this Program and/or other Programs sponsored by the Sponsor or submitted for other reasons or other materials developed by the Sponsor. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, incomplete, late, damaged, garbled, undelivered, inaccurate or misdirected entries or essays; failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines or telephone systems or other communications malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable network, Internet Service Provider (ISP), cable, satellite, server or other connections, miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion on the Internet or for any technical problem, including but not limited to any injury or damage to Nominator’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in this Program; printing, typographical or other errors appearing within these Terms and Conditions or in any Program-related advertisements or other materials; or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, technical, electronic or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in connection with the administration of this Program, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the grants, or in any other Program-related materials.

4. Judging and Notification: Based on the criteria outlined below, the “Winners” will be determined on or around September 30, 2019 from among all eligible Entries received during the Program Period. Each Entry will be judged by multiple panels of judges selected by Sponsor, whose decisions will be final and binding in all matters relating to this Program, on the following criteria: 1) Significance of community need, 2) Nominee’s potential for long-term success and sustainability, 3) Nominee’s resourcefulness, and 4) Nominee’s ability to measure funding results. The Nominees associated with the Entries that receive the highest scores in each area will be the Winners. In the event of a tie, such tied Entries will be re-judged based on the following criteria: Significance of community need. Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone and an authorized representative on behalf of each winning organization (and corresponding Nominator) will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, IRS Determination Letter, Liability Release (where legal), and Publicity Release Form within seven (7) days of date of issuance of notification. If a Winner, corresponding Nominator, or authorized representative on behalf of an applicable organization cannot be contacted, is ineligible according to these Terms and Conditions, fails to return the required documents within the specified time period, or otherwise fails to fully comply with these Terms and Conditions, the grant will be forfeited and a runner-up may be notified, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.

5. Grants awarded to the Nominees: Each winning Nominee will receive $20,000 from Sponsor, awarded in the form of a check. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of all grants is $380,000. Winning Nominees will be responsible for reporting and payment, if any, of all applicable federal, state and local taxes incurred with grant acceptance.

6. License/Use Of Entry: To the extent allowed by law, Nominators (and winning Nominees) grant the Released Parties a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, sub licensable, unconditional and transferable license to edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, modify, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse Nominators Entry, essay, Nominator and Nominee name, photo, and biographical material including, but not limited to, all materials submitted in connection with the Program in any and all media, throughout the world, and in any manner, for trade, advertising, promotional, commercial, or any other purposes without further review, notice, approval, consideration, or compensation to entrant or any third party.

7. General: No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of any grant is permitted except by Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a grant with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. By accepting the grant, the winning Nominees must agree to the use of its name, location, trademarks, logos, photograph, and/or image in any and all media now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet and in perpetuity by Sponsor and its designees, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) or additional consents from such organization or its authorized representatives or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to use if asked to do so.

Nominators further agree: (1) to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, and the decisions of the Sponsor and judges which are final and binding in all respects; and (2) the Released Parties shall have no liability and will be held harmless by Nominators for any liability, loss, injury or damage to participants or any other person or entity, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of Nominator’s participation in this Program, the use of any Entry or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a grant, even if caused or contributed to by the negligence of any of the Released Parties. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to void suspect entries or to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Program (or any portion thereof) should virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes, including but not limited to war or armed conflict (whether or not officially declared), labor controversy or threat thereof, and/or acts of God, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Program and, in the event of such cancellation, suspension or termination, at its discretion, as applicable, select the potential winners from among all eligible Entries received up to the time of such action using the judging criteria specified above.

8. Choice of Law: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, and the rights and obligations of participant and Sponsor in connection with the Program, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of Hawaii and any controversy or claim not settled by the parties arising out of or relating to this Program will be resolved in Hawaii in a court of competent jurisdiction.

9. Winners’ Names: The names of the winning Nominees will be available after September 30, 2019 at

10. Sponsor: The Servco Foundation, 2850 Pukoloa St., Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96819.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many nonprofits can I nominate?
    You may nominate one 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Hawaii, serving the local community.
  2. How do I know if my nomination was received?
    Once you click submit, you’ll see a screen in the same window that says “Thank you for taking the survey”.
  3. When will the nomination period close?
    The Servco Foundation will accept nominations until July 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. HST!
  4. How will the grants be distributed across the State?
    The Servco Foundation will distribute the grants across the state to five nonprofits on Oahu, four nonprofits on the Big Island, three nonprofits on Maui, three nonprofits on Kauai, and four statewide nonprofits.
  5. Why 19 nonprofits instead of 20?
    The odd number is a tie to 2019, $20,000 to 19 nonprofits, in a nod to the company’s 100th year.
  6. When will the winners of the 19 grantees be announced?
    We plan to announce the winning nominees around October 1, 2019.
  7. How do I know if my nomination was received?
    Once you complete all required fields and hit enter, do not navigate away from the page until you see a confirmation like the one below:

Your questions not answered here?

The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) is assisting Servco in administering the 20-19 Community Grant Program. Questions can be directed to HCF via email at or to their main line, 808-537-6333 or, toll free, 1-888-731-3863.