Kupuna Achiever focuses on volunteer work to help women succeed

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For Angie Golis-Yamamoto, volunteer work has always been about helping women to succeed in whatever they choose to do.

“I have been fortunate to also be able to do this in my work at Sacred Hearts Academy as the academy is committed to provide exemplary educational experience for Hawaii’s girls and young women,” she says.

One of the programs she oversees is Girls Got Grit, which helps Sacred Hearts girls learn to become leaders through an internship program made up of women leaders from the community.

“I started my fundraising career on August 8,1988, about two months after my second daughter was born,” Golis-Yamamoto says.

Most of her fundraising career has been in education: Maryknoll Schools, Academy of the Pacific, Damien Memorial High School, UH Foundation for Cancer Research, Honolulu Waldorf School, and now at Sacred Hearts Academy. Her passion is raising funds and friends in the education sector so students are able to become contributing members of society when they graduate.

In her volunteer work for Komen Race for the Cure, the goal is to raise funds and awareness of breast cancer. The organization’s motto is: “More than pink.” She was also a volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals as a past president and board member for many years. She even served on the Philanthropy Day Committee as chair and logistics chair. I have also helped as a volunteer for several fundraising events in town for friends and colleagues. Today, she’s currently the membership chair of Soroptimist International of Waikiki Foundation Inc.

“As a new member of the Soroptimist International of Waikiki Foundation International, I am helping to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment,” she adds. “Community service is important because it helps those who need your help.”