Recent Announcements

  • End of 2014 VITA Season
    The 2014 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) season is officially over. Thank you to VITA Coordinator Susan Tamanaha and all the VITA volunteers for their hard work and dedication. If you are interested in participating in the program next year, please visit the VITA page of the HACBED website
    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 1:21 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Lū'au for the Country, April 27th, 2014
    On Sunday, April 27th, our friends at the North Shore Community Land Trust will be holding an event for a great cause.  The event will include a lūʻau, keiki activities, a horseshoes tournament, polo matches, kanikapila, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Land Trust's upcoming summer initiative to connect and celebrate the places, people, and stories of the North Shore through a series of interactive community gatherings from Kahuku to Kaʻena.  Stay tuned for more details. Individual admissions and sponsorships are available now.  Learn more about this exciting new initiative, reserve your spots at the lūʻau, or become a lūʻau sponsor by visiting us online at www.northshoreland.org.
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 2:36 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • The Geography of Government Benefits

    The share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, more than doubled over the last four decades, rising from 8 percent in 1969 to 18 percent in 2009. Click here to view the interactive map and to read the entire article. 

    Posted Mar 21, 2014, 3:54 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • HACBED and Aloha United Way
    The Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development can be found on Aloha United Way's website. If you already support Aloha United Way or support other organizations through Aloha United Way, it's easy to support HACBED. You can visit the HACBED page on AUW's website here: https://www.auw.org/nonprofit-agency-guide/hawaii-alliance-for-community-based-development/
    Posted Mar 21, 2014, 3:54 PM by HACBED Administrator
  • Support HACBED!
    These are difficult economic times and HACBED needs your kokua. There are several easy ways to donate to HACBED online from the comfort of your own home, including the Ho'owaiwai website and the PayPal Giving Fund. To learn more, please visit the Donation page of our website. Mahalo!
    Posted Feb 28, 2014, 11:44 AM by HACBED Administrator
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Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development

Who are we?

The Hawai'i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) is a statewide, federally tax-exempt, non-profit organization. HACBED was established in 1992 to encourage an increase in investments in sustainable and community-based approaches to economic development.

Our Mission

HACBED strives to...

  • address social, economic, and environmental injustice in Hawai'i through community-based economic development and
  • help strengthen the voice and actions of Hawai'i's families and communities so that they have the choice and control they need to become self-sufficient and resilient.

Pursuit of Our Mission

Above all, HACBED serves this place called Hawai'i, as well as those who choose to be of this place and work to make it their home. In particular, HACBED has a strong focus on those who face social and economic injustices. HACBED provides this service by empowering education and capacity building for communities through policy development and advocacy for positive systemic change.

A "competitive advantage" is defined as "resources that allow an entity to develop and maintain an edge over competitors who produce similar goods and services." HACBED's competitive advantages stem from its knowledge and experience as it relates to community engagement and the connections HACBED has been able to form. This advantage is founded on the belief that people “know” and “can” and is conducted through informed and skilled “listening” that strengthens the community voice and and promotes collective action. By focusing on its competitive advantages, HACBED is able to build trust and credibility while maintaining its “activist” roots, which involve addressing injustice by acting to change things that are wrong.


HACBED is sustained by...

  • the relationships and trust that has been developed in order to advance the cause of social, economic, and environmental justice that serve this place – Hawai`i, 
  • the ability to bring value to efforts that build community voice and collective action, and
  • the ability to refine and expand on the ideal mix of funding and financing to advance the organizations work and mission.

Robert Agres and friends at the conclusion of the 2012 HACBED Symposium