Monday, May 5, 2008

Check Magnet

When it comes to giving back, somehow you always say yes.

Help organize that fundraiser? Absolutely.
Pitch in on volunteer day?  Done.
Write a check for a worthy cause? No problem.

Here’s another easy yes for you: Ever feel like all the volunteering and donating seems more like a chore than the significant and meaningful contribution you intended it to be?


 You could pare down your commitments to a couple hours a month, and still help more than 10 different worthy charities each year.

Just join the new Honolulu chapter of Chicks with Checks, an all-women nonprofit founded in Charleston , SC, but brought to the islands by Kehau Kali. The idea is simple. Join up, pay $35 a month in membership dues, and attend one lunch or pau hana “party with a purpose” each month.

The events are almost entirely social – network with colleagues, reconnect with friends and listen to a brief (about five minutes, really!) presentation from the benefiting nonprofit (a different one is chosen each month). At the end, $25 of every member’s monthly dues is given to the charity (the other $10 pays for the event).

The checks can be sizable – 100 Chicks with Checks members means the community organization receives a donation of $2,500. You get the idea.

So far, Chicks with Checks has helped Child and Family Services and the Leeward Domestic Abuse Shelter. The next event is on May 1 from 6-8 p.m. , benefiting Hawaii Women’s Business Center .

Mark your calendar. It’s time to meet your new check mates.

Visit for more info. Email founder Kehau Kali at for more details on the event and how to join.

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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