How to Give


When you donate to HUGS, you're ensuring our HUGS families are not alone as they face the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child. You make it possible for HUGS to be there for each member of the family and the entire family throughout their journey with much-needed programs and services, without charge. All funds raised stays in Hawaii. 

HUGS is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. View A Donor Bill of Rights.


By Mail

If you would like to send a donation by mail, download and print out the donation form.


MORE Ways to Give:



  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to HUGS For Hawaiis Seriously Ill Children And Their Families whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. (You can select a different charitable organization after signing in.)

  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

  • Support HUGS by starting your shopping at

  • Smilematic is a free extension that automatically turns your Amazon purchases to AmazonSmile donations.

  • If you shop from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to do the following once on each device.
    1) Open Safari and type in in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
    2) Touch the share button (looks like a fox with an arrow).
    3) Touch Add to Home Screen.
    4) Touch Add. Now, you’ll always shop through AmazonSmile.
    5) If you have the Amazon app on your iPhone, remove it. This will not delete your Amazon account.


Donate HawaiianMiles to HUGS!

Hawaiian Airlines' Charity Miles program is a meaningful way you can support HUGS with your unused or extra HawaiianMiles. These miles help families travel from a neighbor island to Oahu or to the mainland for life-saving procedures.

Donating HawaiianMiles is easy!

  • Visit the Hawaiian Airlines website:

  • Click the HawaiianMiles link at the top of the page

  • Then click "Redeem" tab, click "Donate Miles" and scroll to select HUGS.

  • Sign in to your account and enter the amount of miles you wish to donate.


Donate Items

You can help Hawaii's seriously ill children and their families by donating toys (all toys must be new; no stuffed animals, please!), activity supplies or gift cards for our Hospital Visitation Program or nonperishable foods to replenish our Kokua Kupboard. View the HUGS Wish List.


Donate Your Car

HUGS partners with Kokua in Kind, LLC to receive and sell vehicle donations, providing HUGS with the proceeds. Most vehicles — car, truck, van, motorcycle, or boat — are accepted, running or not. This is an easy way to support HUGS and turn your old vehicle into a tax deduction. Visit to get started, and select HUGS as your charity of choice.


Donate Your Time

Learn how to become a HUGS volunteer.


Donor advised Fund Giving

If you have a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) giving account, making a gift through your DAF is a powerful way to support HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support) and help families who are struggling with the challenges of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. 


Give Through Work



Check if your company supports its employees in their personal giving by providing a matching gift. This is a wonderful way for businesses and individuals to help Hawaii's seriously ill children and their families. The impact of your gift may be increased, sometimes doubled. 


HUGS is pleased to be a partner agency of Aloha United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) — the workplace giving program of the federal government.

HUGS’ Aloha United Way #: 95690

HUGS’ Aloha United Way #: 95690

HUGS’ CFC#: 84333

HUGS’ CFC #: 84333


Leave a Legacy           

By leaving a legacy gift, you can ensure our families are served by HUGS not just today but well into the future. You’ll be helping to secure our future as an organization for generations to come. You’ll also ensure HUGS will be able to continue our mission of strengthening Hawaii’s families and improving their quality of life as they face the emotional and financial hardships of caring for a seriously ill child.

What is Legacy Giving?

A planned gift or "legacy" gift is any gift made as part of your estate planning. With a legacy gift, you’ll be assured your philanthropic interest in HUGS continues beyond your lifetime. These gifts offer tax benefits while providing you the opportunity to make a lasting difference for Hawaii's families.

Types of Legacy Gifts

Your legacy gift can take many forms.

The most common type is a bequest in your will or trust. A bequest is revocable, which means you’re able to change it at any time. With a bequest, you may bequeath a specific amount of money or a percentage of your estate.

Making a Bequest

Here is sample bequest language to include in your will or trust:

I hereby bequeath to HUGS, Federal Tax ID number 99-0213594, the sum of $_______ (or percentage) of my estate, both real and personal, to be used by HUGS to further its mission.

Gifts of Life Insurance and Retirements Accounts

You may also list HUGS among the beneficiaries on a life insurance policy or a retirement account.

A gift of life insurance allows you to make a modest gift now for a significant gift in the future for HUGS. If you’re still carrying a life insurance policy you or your family no longer needs, please consider donating it to HUGS. If you transfer ownership of your paid-up insurance policy by naming HUGS as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary, you’ll receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction based on the current value of the policy.

Naming HUGS as a beneficiary of your IRA or other retirement plan is one of the most tax effective gifts you can make. If you’re 70½ years old or older, an IRA charitable rollover allows you to make a tax-free, outright gift to HUGS using your traditional IRA or Roth IRA.


Gifts of securities can be an excellent alternative to cash gifts, making a huge difference for Hawaii’s families with seriously ill children and providing while providing you with tax benefits. By donating your appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities to HUGS, you can avoid the capital gains taxes that would be required if you were to sell the security and donate cash.

Please consult with your financial adviser on the various options and tax advantages of planned giving and finding one that’s best for your situation. Call our Development Director at
808-380-6924 for more information about making a planned gift to HUGS. By notifying us now about your planned giving intent, we'll be able to thank you appropriately and make sure your wishes are honored. 

HUGS is pleased to be a partner of the Hawai'i Community Foundation's    Hawai'i Legacy Giving Campaign.

HUGS is pleased to be a partner of the
Hawai'i Community Foundation's

Hawai'i Legacy Giving Campaign.