Hawaii’s people and businesses are as generous as ever, despite the economic slump.

But how local people and businesses give is rapidly changing and that transformation has some nonprofit leaders heartened, while others are worried. Optimists welcome the decay of what they saw as paternalistic philanthropy. These optimists see the rise of a new philanthropy in which individual donors are more empowered, and nonprofit success is rewarded with recognition and more donations.

BALTIMORE, October 29, 2009 — The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, will welcome more than 700 elected officials and dignitaries, as well as community, civic and business leaders to its Annual Community Event on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Beth Tfiloh Congregation (3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD). This year’s Annual Community Event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Weinberg Foundation’s charitable giving.

It's hard to deny the need for change when it’s staring you straight in the face. That's how the need to transition the Salvation Army's annual report to digital-only occurred to Maj. George Hood, the organization's national community relations and development secretary.

One day, about two years ago, the years' worth of print annual reports sitting in the storage room in Hood's office prompted a change. Hood says he scratched his head and thought, "In this age of instant communication online, we could save a lot of money and be far more efficient and get much broader distribution by going 100 percent to a virtual annual report."

August 21, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — Imagine all the things you could buy if you had a spare $50 million under the mattress.

April 23, 2009, USA TODAY — Michael Yuhas' lasting memory of Pearl Harbor is seeing Japanese pilots smiling as they dropped bombs on the U.S. naval base on Dec. 7, 1941. Yuhas, who says he lost 40% of his hearing that day, never thought he'd see Hawaii again after leaving the Army in 1945.

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