Changing Lives Challenge

In 2013, Punahou received a $10 million gift from anonymous donors to support the School’s financial aid program. It is one of the most significant philanthropic contributions in the School’s history, and the largest gift ever made outside a capital building campaign. The donors of the $10 million gift are deeply committed to the concept that diversity of thought can best be achieved through a strong commitment to access, and their gift is a powerful affirmation of Punahou’s aspirations.

From that gift, the Changing Lives Challenge was launched, providing supporters of the School the opportunity to maximize the impact of their giving. A total of $8 million of the original $10 million gift was designated to match gifts to endowed financial aid. The result was that each gift or pledge of $25,000 or more to a new or existing endowed financial aid fund was matched, dollar for dollar, extending the individual giving capacity for donors.

We did it! In January 2018, the Challenge was completed thanks to the generosity of 152 families. The entire $8 million gift was matched, resulting in $16 million raised to support financial aid.

Hear from two graduates from the Class of 2017 about the impact financial aid has had on their lives. 

Holly Paulson ’87 Sereni
Director of Leadership and Campaign Giving
808.943.3626
hsereni@punahou.edu