Record-high gifts to College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Cheryl Ernst, (808) 956-2405
Events & Public Information Officer, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource
Posted: Sep 12, 2014

CTAHR donations for 2013-2014.
CTAHR donations for 2013-2014.
UH Honeybee Project researcher Ethel Villalobos, right, and staffer Scott Nikaido.
UH Honeybee Project researcher Ethel Villalobos, right, and staffer Scott Nikaido.

Donations to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources reached a record high in the 2014 fiscal year, exceeding $4 million for the first time in the college’s 107-year history.

“Private giving is an important resource that enhances CTAHR’s ability to address Hawai‘i’s need for sustainable communities,” said Dean and Director Maria Gallo. “It also expresses our benefactors’ confidence in our ability to deliver on relevant themes: human, plant and animal health; urban and natural ecosystems; and family and consumer vitality.”

A strong response by CTAHR alumni helped fuel a 40 percent increase in the annual giving campaign managed by the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. Additional gifts came from CTAHR faculty and staff members, community supporters and non-profit organizations. Donations ranged from small, individual contributions to specific programs to a major anonymous gift supporting scholarships and special initiatives.

Half of the gifts, nearly $2.1 million, were designated for academic support and enrichment, including gifts from private foundations and businesses. Another 25 percent of gift dollars, more than $1 million, was designated for student opportunity and access, much of it in endowed funds that will support scholarships and fellowships in perpetuity. The remainder included support for research, extension and other college activities, including the UH Honeybee Project, bioenergy research, and the GoFarm program, which trains people interested in becoming food producers.

“CTAHR’s six academic departments have developed strong, productive partnerships with their constituencies, and private giving reflects that across the college,” said Leslie Lewis, CTAHR development officer. “Dr. Gallo is a tireless advocate for the college. She encourages the use of innovative funding strategies such as online crowd sourcing and, most importantly, meets nearly weekly with community groups and prospective donors to explain the people, place and promise of CTAHR.”

The strong year puts CTAHR ahead of pace on a seven-year, $15 million fundraising goal. Fundraising priorities for this year include expanding STEM education for Hawai‘i's keiki, pursuing initiatives in safe and sustainable agriculture, broadening efforts in public issues education for agriculture and natural resources, extending the Children's Healthy Living program, and promoting community partnerships.

For information about giving to CTAHR, contact Leslie Lewis at 956-9702 or Gifts may be made online at by using pull-down menus to select the college under UH Mānoa and designate desired accounts. The website also houses the college’s first crowdsourcing videos at or

About CTAHR: The founding college of the University of Hawai‘i, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is integral to UH Mānoa’s Carnegie designation as a very-high activity Research University and works extensively with the citizens of Hawai‘i in fulfilling the university’s federally mandated Land Grant mission of instruction, scientific research and outreach to address state needs.