The Mill Effect

Since 1994, we have provided hands-on education and experiences to West Hawai‘i. Our impact goes beyond numbers, but here are some things that earned us bragging rights in the last few years.

The Mill Effect our impact

11,500+

People visited the Mill over the last 5 years

People Visited The Mill our impact
People Visited The Mill Mobile our impact

$890k+

total grant dollars awarded to the Mill over the last 5 years

Grant Dollars Awarded our impact
Grant Dollars Awarded Mobile our impact

640+

Artists exhibited their work at the Mill over the last 5 years

Artist Exhibited our impact
Artist Exhibited Mobile our impact

400+

total classes taught by the Mill in the last 5 years

Art Classes our impact
Art Classes Mobile our impact

Funding the Arts
and the Artists

“The Donkey Mill is a magnet for artists all over the country and world due to its welcoming and inclusive spirit, and the quality of artists who are there to teach people of all ages and abilities.”

— PHOEBE TOLAND, ARTIST

Nationally Recognized Artists our impact

We are committed to providing space and opportunities for local and nationally recognized artists through our range of programming.

Our impact in 2021:

142

artists showed work in our exhibitions

$14k

paid to kapa artists via SFCA’s acquisition of 5 works

$82k

paid to 68 contract teaching artists

$35k

paid to local artists through our retail shop and online store

Our Hidden Gem
The Youth Program

“[My daughter] loved trying new things, getting her hands dirty, learning about deeper connections and putting it all together.”

— KATE, PARENT

Youth Education Program Hawaii Art our impact

Our Youth Education Program is recognized by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts as a regional resource.

It weaves in literature, performing arts, environmental studies, and health through the lens of self, family, community, and world. Whether in schools or on campus, we are committed to expanding our reach.

From 2017-2021…

972

youth & teens attended workshops, classes and other events at the Mill

1465

youth educated through the Artists in the Schools program at Hōlualoa Elementary School

25

Free classes offered to youth and their families in west Hawaiʻi.

$27k

in scholarships awarded for programs at the Mill

Amplifying
voices of
the pacific

“The Donkey Mill is home to one of Hawai‘i’s few Kānaka Maoli curators who is working with artists and the community, and finding the threads that bind us together.”

— Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

Our West Hawai‘i region is extremely diverse–both the land and its people. Our extensive offerings include classes, free exhibitions and special events that highlight histories and cultures from across the Pacific to reflect the community we serve.

Hawaii's Voices Of The Pacific our impact

5k+

attendees at our cultural festivals and events

230+

students learned about Japanese and Marshallese cultural traditions in hands-on workshops

350+

students participated in classes & workshops on Hawaiian history & culture

12

cultural practitioners helped to perpetuate ancestral knowledge through workshops in fibers and print

Pacific Islander Demographics in Hawai‘i

202,906 Hawai‘i County population (2020 US Census data)
46,000 Population in Kailua-Kona & Hōlualoa zip codes (UDS Mapper data)
25% Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander
18% Native Hawaiian
59% Economically disadvantaged elementary school students in Hōlualoa area

By the Books:
our Financials

We understand the overall health of an organization is directly related to the health of the organization’s financial stability and security.

We depend on multiple revenue streams and our highly committed donors to provide necessary programs for our community. Here is a breakdown of the books in FY2021.

FY 2021 Expenses

68% PROGRAM SERVICES
20% GENERAL OPERATIONS
12% Fundraising & Membership

Special Recognition

Our Top 3 Funders in 2021:

  • Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation
  • Hawai’i Community Foundation
  • Anonymous Donor

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Grants Awarded in 2021:

$40,000 Hiroaki, Elaine & Lawrence Kono Foundation
$40,000 Hawai‘i Community Foundation CHANGE Grant
$20,000 Atherton Family Foundation
$15,000 Kūki‘o Community Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
$15,000 HSFCA Biennium Grant 2021-2022
$15,000 HSFCA American Rescue Plan Grant 2021-2022
$6,912 HSFCA Artist-in-the-Schools (Hōlualoa Elementary School)
$4,000 County of Hawai‘i Council Contingency Fund – Holeka Inaba
$4,000 Sam and Mary Cooke Fund for Hawai‘i of the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

FY 2021 Revenue

26% INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS
17% ART & EVENT SALES
16% CORPORATE & FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTIONS
16% PROGRAM SERVICES FEES
13% GRANT INCOME
10% GOVERNMENT GRANTS
3% MEMBERSHIP DUES

Financial
Giving

Our vision is to establish West Hawai‘i as a model of a resilient, thriving community where art is considered a necessity, not a luxury. We do not pursue this vision alone. If you are able, please give today.

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