Honolulu Star-Advertiser Gives More Than $3 Million to Local Charities in 2012
Posted: 12/26/2012 | By: Press Release | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
HONOLULU – In the spirit of the holidays and the season of giving,
the Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted a special milestone has been reached in
2012: the newspaper and its subscribers have given more than $3 million
this year to local charities, not-for-profit organizations, the arts and
other community initiatives.
“We are extremely honored to support local charities and community
groups and their profound work in the past year,” said Dennis Francis,
Honolulu Star-Advertiser president and publisher. “This commitment to the
community is an integral part of our philosophy of not only reporting on
the pulse of the community but contributing to important efforts.”
Nearly $460,000 of the more than $3 million donated in 2012 came
from donations made by Honolulu Star-Advertiser subscribers as part of the
Subscriber Donation Campaign, which allows subscribers to make financial
donations when they renew their newspaper subscriptions.
In October, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser made its largest
Subscriber Donation Program monetary donation when it presented a $140,000
check to the Kapi‘olani Health Foundation for the Campaign for Hawaii’s
Children, to support the expansion and renovation of the Kapi‘olani
Medical Center for Women and Children.
“We are extremely grateful to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for the
groundswell of support from its readers and subscribers. Their
individual decisions to support Kapi‘olani resulted in their significant,
collective gift of $140,000,” said Michael Robinson, Kapi‘olani
Health Foundation president. “The innovative approach that the
Star-Advertiser took to connect their daily business with supporting our
hospital is a clear demonstration of their commitment to our community and
a model for other businesses who would like to support nonprofits
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s charitable support was not just
monetary, it also involved in-kind donations, value trades, gift certificates
and sponsorships. Among the more than 100 organizations that received
support this year was March of Dimes and Hospice Hawaii.
“The partnership of Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s management and
employees is a demonstration of their commitment to our community and the
children and families that we serve,” said Carmella Hernandez, March of
Dimes state director. “We were honored to present Dennis Francis with the
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Community Service at our
Governors’ Ball in November in recognition of his leadership in this
Tori Abe, Hospice Hawaii’s director of marketing and development,
said the Honolulu Star-Advertiser was critical to the success of this year’s Na
Hoa Malama Benefit Fundraiser.
“The Star-Advertiser’s donations will help us continue providing
critical hospice care and support in the coming year to people with
life-limiting illness and their families,” she said.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is Oahu’s leading provider of
in-depth, consistent and credible local news and information. It has an
average weekly readership of 493,303 or 70 percent of Oahu adults,
according to Scarborough Research. Its website, staradvertiser.com,
receives more than 19 million monthly page views worldwide and is “liked”
by 124,831 Facebook users, ranking 7th in the nation among
daily newspapers as measured by Google Analytics. The Honolulu
Star-Advertiser is the flagship publication of Oahu Publications, Inc.,
whose portfolio includes MidWeek, the Hawaii Army Weekly, Hawaii Marine,
Ho‘okele Weekly, HILuxury, and a growing roster of community periodicals
and in-room resort magazines.