Monsanto Fund donates $85,000 to support education and human services

Six nonprofit entities on Oahu, Maui and Molokai collectively received $85,000 in grant funds from the Monsanto Fund as part of the philanthropic organization’s U.S. Site Grant Program. Grant monies are being used to promote educational opportunities and support critical human needs services.

  • The Honolulu District Office of the Hawaii State Department of Education (Farrington, Kaiser, Kalani Complex area) received a grant for their SPARKLE (Solving Problems And Reaching for Knowledge Learning Environment) program which promotes science, technology engineering and math education.
  • A grant to the Girl Scouts of Hawaii will provide experiential learning opportunities to girls who would otherwise not be able to attend their after-school leadership program.
  • Feed My Sheep on Maui will earmark Monsanto Fund’s donation to cover expenses for its mobile food distribution program which provides critically needed nutrition directly to neighborhoods on Maui.
  • Lahainaluna High School’s grant will enable students in their biology class to explore DNA barcoding of native Hawaiian plants and animals.
  • Maui Waena Intermediate School’s Technology Club (Falcon Entertainment & Engineering) will use Monsanto Fund’s donation to help restore and maintain an on-campus greenhouse for a life-learning garden project.
  • A grant to Kualapu`u School on Molokai will benefit their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education program for fourth grade students.

The Monsanto Fund U.S. Site Grant program is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to give back to communities in which Monsanto employees live and work. Each year, grants are allocated to selected organizations for projects that fit within the focus areas of K-12 Education or Human Needs/Services.

“We are grateful for these agencies who offer a variety of services that enrich our communities – from creating educational opportunities for our youth to feeding our islands’ hungry,” said John Purcell, Monsanto’s Hawaii Business and Technology Lead. “Like these organizations, our employees are dedicated to making lives better.”

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at