Foundation & Public Support

Mahalo to the foundations, agencies, and institutions that support Bishop Museum!
As Hawaiʻi’s Museum, we educate our community and the world by sharing our unparalleled cultural and natural history collections and active scientific research. We are stewards of irreplaceable materials that honor and perpetuate the culture and scientific knowledge of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific as we work towards a sustainable future–work that cannot be done without the generous support of local and national foundations, grant makers, and government partners. 

List of Funders

Institute of Museum and Library Services 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation   

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  

National Science Foundation  

Native Hawaiian Education Program  

United States Army Corps of Engineers  

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

City and County of Honolulu  

County of Hawaiʻi 

Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities  

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority  

State of Hawaiʻi

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Bretzlaff Foundation  

Disney Conservation Fund  

Freeman Foundation 

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund  

Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation

Atherton Family Foundation  

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. Community Impact + Philanthropy Program 

C.N. Wodehouse Bishop Museum Trust  

Cooke Foundation  

Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation  

Peter G. Drewliner Foundation  

G.N. Wilcox Trust  

Ellen M. Koenig Memorial Fund 

Geoffrey Michaelson & Lehua li-Michaelson Fund   

Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund  

 Jack and Marie Lord Fund 

Jessie D. Kay Memorial Fund  

John Chin Young Foundation 

Johnson Ohana Foundation 

Kamehameha Schools  

Kosasa Foundation  

LGA Family Foundation

Luomala Charitable Trust  

McInerny Foundation 

The Omidyar ʻOhana Fund at the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Robert Emens Black Fund 

Thomas & Elizabeth Brodhead Foundation

Tommy Holmes Foundation  

William Rolph and Dorothea Rolph Fund  

Contact Us

National and Federal Funders  

Mary Ramsay  


Local Funders  

Lucy Thoms  


Corporate Partnership

Corporate partnership is vital to the Bishop Museum’s continued growth and success. 

Stewardship Circles

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Be a Part of Our Story

Celebrate the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with a gift to Bishop Museum. As a partner in the Museum’s work, you can help to sustain vital collections, research, and knowledge, and inspire exploration and discovery with a tax-deductible donation.