Janet Bullard and Kurt Osaki

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation has received two prestigious national awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the International Association of Business Communicators for the successful implementation of a comprehensive rebranding initiative.

The rebranding initiative was spearheaded by a committee comprised of community volunteers and UH Foundation board of trustees and staff. Olomana Loomis, LLC conducted a comprehensive assessment of the foundation’s brand that included research using focus groups, qualitative and quantitative surveys of all constituent groups. The foundation then worked with renowned designer Kurt Osaki of Osaki Creative Group to design the new logo, and the UH Foundation team incorporated the new brand into all communication vehicles as well as internally with the staff who ultimately deliver the brand.

“This highlights the partnership between the foundation and UH and makes the logo even more relevant,” said Janet Bullard, vice president for marketing and communications—alumni and donor relations. “It also re-energizes the brand and provides a solid platform from which the foundation, working in concert with the university, can launch new initiatives for the benefit of UH and for our community in general. We have clear brand values that we deliver every day and a brand that we can be proud of. It repositions us for the future.”

U H Foundation logo

National Awards

  • Gold (first place) in the 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education Awards of Excellence, District VII. The Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events and outstanding communications. Experts from all disciplines throughout the district judge the entries in more than 70 categories and select the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for each category. Download the list of winners.
  • Award of Merit in the International Association of Business Communicators Pacific Plains Region 2013 Silver Quill Awards. The Silver Quill Awards honor excellence in organizational communication. The competition invites participation from communicators throughout the Pacific Plains Region, encompassing 19 states from Wisconsin to

    , and from Arizona to North Dakota. View the list of winners.

A UH Foundation news release