The East-West Center 50th Founders Society

On the occasion of the East-West Center's 50th Anniversary, President Charles E. Morrison has created the 50th Founders Society to honor and permanently recognize those who have contributed $50,000 or more to the Center since its founding in 1960.

Donors can qualify for the Society through cumulative giving, and pledges of $50,000 over as many as five years can count, as long as at least $20,000 is received before December 2011. (in-kind contributions and bequest intentions are always welcome, but not included in the $50,000 needed to qualify).

Benefits for members of the 50th Founders Society include:

  • Permanent recognition in a prominent location on the East-West Center campus
  • On-going recognition in the East-West Center's quarterly newsletter, annual report and website
  • Special 50th Founders Society medallion
  • Exclusive gift commemorating the East-West Center's 50th Anniversary
  • Invitations to special events

The East-West Center is built on a remarkably successful public-private partnership.  In the early years, funding came almost exclusively from the U.S. government.  Today the Center relies on essential support from individuals, private agencies, foundations, and corporations.  These private gifts fund strategic opportunities while also helping to ensure that public support continues to cover the Center's basic operating expenses.  They make it possible for the Center to provide student scholarships, and to continue building outstanding leadership, education, and exchange programs.

The Center's mission of building a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific region is more important now than ever.  Members of the 50th Founders Society are permanently recognized for being instrumental in helping the Center to achieve its mission.

Members as of July 2010:

Anonymous (2)
Amanda Ellis & Keric Chin
Bank of Hawaii
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Center for Global Partnerships – Japan Foundation
Edgar W.K. Cheng
Lorinda Cheng-Arashiro
First Hawaiian Bank
Ford Foundation
Freeman Foundation
Friends of Hawaii Charities
Buddy & Melga T. Gendrano
Stephen Haus
The Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society
Paul Honda
Spencer H. Kim
Korea Foundation
Ted & Doris Lee
Philip H. Loughlin III
Patricia M. Loui & Michael L. Schmicker
Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
McInerny Foundation
Sumi Y. Makey
Dr. Edison H. Miyawaki
Charles & Chieko Morrison
Robert T. & Wakako Nakasone
Jerry & Tsue Ostermann
Jean E. Rolles
Charles Salmon
Puongpun & Thanh-Lo Sananikone
Toufiq & Ulrike Sidiqi
Lawrence K.W. Tseu
Urasenke Foundation of Hawaii
Sarah K. Vann
Gulab & Indru Watumull