Helping in a Time of Need: Donor Advised Funds Assist in Maui Wildfire Relief

On August 8, 2023, brushfires on Maui, fueled by high winds from Hurricane Dora passing to the south of Hawaii, broke out and rapidly engulfed Lahaina. Thousands of residents and visitors were forced to evacuate to escape the devastating wildfires, and over 100 people were killed.

To help those in need during this historical natural disaster, Catholic United Financial Foundation Members used their Donor Advised Funds to provide contributions to assist the people affected by the Maui wildfires. Hawaii’s Governor Josh Green estimated the flames caused billions of dollars in damage and exacerbated the state’s existing housing shortage.
Miraculously, the historic Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina, Maui, which means “Our Lady of Victory,” remains intact after vicious fires tore apart the town. Donations are being accepted by the Church to assist the people devastated by the disaster. Contributions may be sent directly to: Maria Lanakila Catholic Church at 712 Wainee St, Lahaina, HI 96761.

If you have a Donor Advised Fund through the Foundation and would like to send a contribution, please contact the Foundation at foundation@catholicunited.org with your request. If you would like more information about how you can create your own Donor Advised Fund, contact your local Member Advisor or the Foundation directly.