Kimo Carvalho to Lead Aloha United Way Community Impact to support more than 300 nonprofit organizations benefitting Hawaiʻi’s local people

May. 26, 2022

Photo: Courtesy of Aloha United Way 

As Vice President of Community Impact, Carvalho will lead the ALICE Initiative and AUW’s collective impact work while building its nonprofit partners' experience and capability to operate in an evolving sector.

HONOLULU – Kimo Carvalho joined the Aloha United Way (AUW) Leadership team in early May. Kimo is the first Hawaiian to lead the Community Impact department for Aloha United Way. Most recently, he served as Executive Director at Lili’uokalani Trust and previously as the Director of Development & Community Relations at The Institute for Human Services (IHS). He brings not only 15 years of management experience, but more than a decade leading innovation and program development in Hawaiʻi’s health and human services sector.
As a former Hawaiian foster youth with system involvement that is shaped his nonprofit leadership; Kimo brings lived experiences and perspectives aimed to improve AUW’s relationship with its more than 300 nonprofit partners. Kimo will innovate AUW’s long-standing Donor Choice and Combined Federal Campaigns which serve to promote and raise funds for nonprofit partners through private businesses and federal government sectors. AUW’s Community Impact Department distributes more than $10M annually to support nonprofit partners. He will lead AUW’s Safety Net Program that provides funding to nonprofits assisting families and individuals experiencing crisis. Kimo aims to expand AUW’s list of nonprofit partners to fill gaps supporting Hawaiian and local organizations best serving ALICE and safety net populations. The ALICE Initiative, in partnership with Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, and its collective impact partners will operate with the benefit of Kimo’s leadership and experience.
Kimo received a B.S. from Tulane University and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University. He is a former East-West Journalism Fellow, a Pacific Business News (PBN) 40 under 40 (Class of 2015) and was recognized this year by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of the 20 for the Next 20 (Class of 2022).
“Kimoʻs operational knowledge, familiarity and relationships with the nonprofit community, as well as his direct health and human services sector experiences are both impressive and necessary to AUWʻs commitment to our mission,” said John Fink, President & Chief Executive Officer for Aloha United Way. “The ALICE Initiative, in particular, will require exceptional leadership, innovation and collaboration that far exceeds what would be expected in a traditional funder/grantee model.”
Carvalho has added his operational and human services experience to a relatively new leadership team. “Our responsibility and commitment are to improve internal systems and technology so that every nonprofit has a positive working experience with AUW.” stated Kimo Carvalho. “We will be growing our nonprofit partners’ ability and potential to operate in a future economy with evolving technologies and financial systems, adapting to public and private sectors changes, developing a cross-sector skilled workforce, and providing support to address systemic policies affecting Hawaii’s nonprofit community,” added Carvalho.
Carvalho has a history of effectively building social service impact and in working in partnerships across sectors, and has participated in several of Hawai’iʻs landmark initiatives, including Kahauiki Village – a model ALICE initiative. “It is a critical time, we are looking to our current and prospective partners to join us in our collective impact initiative aimed at improving the well-being of our community,” said Suzanne Skjold, Chief Operating Officer for Aloha United Way. “Kimo is experienced, passionate, and committed to this work, and we are excited to have him lead and strengthen our nonprofit sector.”