How to Help Our Public Schools

The Department is committed to strengthening partnerships and collaborative opportunities to cultivate needed resources and ensure equity of access. We welcome the support of our business, industry, and community members and organizations.

Give supplies, services, or funds to address these critical needs:

  • Donations of hotspots with funding for monthly fees.
  • Donation of devices within HIDOE specifications.
  • Community-based online tutoring hubs.
  • Technology training for parents.
  • Part-time internships for students.
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Meal service support (extension to ohana).

For assistance or more details on contributing donations, gifts, or collaborative opportunities, contact Dolly Wong, Community Engagement Branch, (808) 305-0690 or via email at dolly.wong@k12.hi.us. To learn more, follow these resource links:

What is the DOE’s donation or gift process? See Collaboration Process Flow Chart

How do I contribute a donation? Submit a DOE Donation-Gift Intake Form (and Dolly Wong will respond within 1-2 days).

Is there general information available about donating to the DOE? See DOE Donation-Gift FAQs Sheet

Donations of goods for homeles​​s keiki

Hawaii's public schools serve an estimated 3,000 homeless​ students statewide. Thanks to donations of classroom supplies, we're usually able to provide students what's needed for classwork — backpacks, notebooks, pens, etc. We often have a need for footwear, shoes and slippers. To donate footwear or school supplies, call:

  • ​Oahu: (808) 305-9869
  • Neighbor Islands: (866) 927-7095

Give through partners

Hawaii Community Foundation

Make a difference by directing funds to the Hawaii Community Foundation, a significant partner of the HIDOE and an important source for scholarships to students and grants for nonprofits supporting school communities and families.

Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation

An independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to strengthening the quality of public education. The Foundation uses its Good Idea Grant Program to stimulate innovation and academic excellence in Hawaii's public schools. Mini-grants are awarded to teachers and schools for innovative instructional ideas that will improve student learning. More than $3 million in mini-grants have been awarded since 1986. The Foundation has also made travel grants to students and channeled major contributions to designated schools or projects meeting the criteria of the donor.

Hawa​​​ii 3R’s

This nonprofit organization launched by the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye assists schools with small-in-scope projects to improve school campuses, matching donor funds in the amount of grants (limited to $50,000) to schools who produce matching private contributions or professional volunteerism (“sweat equity”).

Give through online platforms

Visit DonorsChoose.org or TeacherLists.com to support classroom and project needs posted by many of Hawaii’s teachers.


Contact Information

Dolly Wong

Phone: (808) 305-0690

Email: Dolly.Wong@k12.hi.us

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