By Joe Pluta, President, West Maui Improvement Foundation
WMIF, a nonprofit 501 c 3 with Public Charity Status 170 (b)(1)(A)(vi).
The Mission of the WMIF, with Public Charity designation 501-C-3 from the IRS, is to improve the West Maui Community by receiving and expending funds for the erection and maintenance of public buildings and services as well as community facilities such as our West Maui Hospital and Medical Center. The WMIF is restricted from direct political campaigning and lobbying or raising funds for those purposes.
Thanks to your generous donations we have done what was previously declared impossible. Our West Maui Hospital project has had many "starts" and "stops." That is not unusual it seems because nearly every major project planned for development in 2010-2012 has been set back completely or stopped due to the economic catastrophes which occurred during that time. We were down, but we are "not out!" We know that our life saving mission is one which must withstand any and all obstacles because our lives and those of our visitors are literally at stake with an unacceptable level of risk without our success. While our Need and justification has been proven, the financing strategy remains. The Certificate of Need Holder declared that he is in the 6th year of this project and is currently working on a financing package for the entire project and has not disclosed the details as of May of 2013.
The WMIF is keeping its office and staff dedicated to assisting efforts we know have to be taken for Land Use approvals on the new hospital site, and associated governmental compliance issues. We know that our goal is to see the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center become a reality. In order to do that and keep options open and channels of communication strong, we must continue to support our professional staff and administrative fixed costs. To that end, we are synergizing with the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Inc. and the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Foundation Inc. to optimize potential efficiencies with the Certificate of Need holder.
Tax Deductible Contributions can be sent to "West Maui Improvement Foundation, Inc." PO Box 10338, Lahaina, HI 96761. Our U.S. Tax I.D. is EIN 99-0275775 - Public Charity Status 170 (b) (1)(A)(vi) Any amount you send will help. Time is of the essence. Malama Pono ame Mahalo!
*originally printed in the WMTA Newsletter, The Voice, June 2013 - Click here for full newsletter