The East-West Center Foundation is a private non-profit organization, established in 1982 to broaden and diversify private support for the Center. The success of the East-West Center is built on effective public-private partnerships. Funding from the US government covers most of the Center's basic operating expenses, while programming depends on private funding by individuals, private agencis, foundations, corporations and governments throughout the region. Increasing private support makes it possible to continue and expand its most high-impact programs and create new initiatives. 

The East-West Center Foundation is guided by a board of directors drawn from business and community leaders, and includes a representative of the East-West Center Alumni Association. 


Members of the Foundation Board are active in the Center's vibrant, international community and engaged partners in bringing the cultural vitality and diversity of the Center into the Honolulu and regional communities. 

In Honolulu, opportunities include attendance to:

  • art performances and gallery shows; addresses by regional leeaders and talks by visiting media, analysts, and other experts
  • trainings for young and emerging leaders focusing on the environment and economic social entrepeneurship
  • student/participant programming including the Concert on the Lawn


In addition, Foundation members can assist students professionally by serving in the Mentoring Program and by assisting the Education Program with student recruitment and networking on behalf of students (student services link). Foundation members can also serve as Host Families for students through the Friends of the EWC.

In the region, the Center holds an international alumni conference and an international media conference every two years, and in-field programming is increasingly drawing on Center supporters and alumni for input and insight.