About Kidz For A Cause
Kidz For A Cause is an organization of kids drawn together by a desire to help kids in need. Combining their positivity, talent and energy, KFAC puts on awesome FUNraising events powered by kids to raise money for non-profits that benefit kids.
What sets KFAC apart? From concept until completion, no matter how large the task, all aspects of each campaign are handled by kids. The Board of Directors and Junior Board of Directors lead and inspire hundreds of kids from across Oahu. No matter what fun idea KFAC comes up with each time, the goal is always the same: to put on the best campaign ever, share the beneficiary charity’s mission with the community, and raise as much money as possible for the non-profit. It goes both ways: Kidz develop leadership, teamwork and organizational skills and learn lasting philanthropic values along the way.
Since starting as a third-grader’s class project in 2008, KFAC’s five campaigns have raised more than $760,000 and distributed every penny to the Ronald McDonald House, American Heart Association’s kids programs, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Oahu, and Kapiolani Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Kidz For A Cause is a series of volunteer-driven events powered entirely by kids, for kids in need. We strive to empower the next generation with the leadership skills to give back to the community.
Meet the New Faces of KFAC
These young women will work with the all-kid Board and Junior Board of Directors in the new 2020 KFAC campaign. KFAC advisor 2020 is Brie Kodama (far right) who is a senior in High School and has been with KFAC since the 9th grade.
History of Kidz For A Cause
In 2008, third grader Nicki Lee had to come up with a community service project for school. Since she loved singing and dancing, she decided to put on a kids’ charity concert. “My very first concert was held in my living room where I invited some of my friends to perform with me,” Nicki says. “We ended up raising $1,100 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.” A few days later when her mom, Cathy Lee, took her to the House to present the money, Nicki got to play with some of the children and sing for them. The connections she made that day touched her profoundly.
Her second KFAC concert three years later brought together over 50 kids from 9 Oahu public and private schools, led by a 12-kid Board of Directors. Their concert at Aloha Tower Marketplace raised over $10,000 for the American Heart Association’s children’s programs.
In 2015, Kidz For A Cause put out an islandwide call for talented Kidz and organized two sold-out concerts before 2,000 people at downtown Honolulu’s historic Hawaii Theatre. Together, 200 Kidz raised $108,000 for the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Oahu, which helps heal kids who are victims of abuse and witnesses to crime.
Kidz For A Cause’s growth did not stop there. Thinking toward the future when she would leave for college and no longer be able to spearhead KFAC, Nicki came up with the idea of crowdsourcing the campaigns. Instead of organizing one main event, Kidz would come up with their own creative FUNraisers for the chosen non-profit. The power of kids was on full display in 2016 as 300 students ages 6 to 18, including an unbelievable Board of Directors, held dozens of micro-campaigns including sports clinics, bake sales, concerts, gourmet dinners and much more … and raised over $300,000 for the fragile babies of Kapiolani Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2018, building on the same formula of Kid-powered micro-campaigns, KFAC expanded to California and raised over $360,000 for the place that started it all, the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Now a sophomore at Duke University in North Carolina, Nicki is watching with pride as Kidz continues with a new campaign for 2020. “Wow, what a journey this has been!” she says. “I’m so incredibly proud of not only how much KFAC has raised for non-profits, but also how many kids we were able to introduce to the importance and gratification of giving back.”