History of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
The Foundation was established in 1961 by Martha Alexander Gerbode, a descendant of the Alexander missionary family, which traveled from New England to Hawaii in 1830. The family later helped create Alexander & Baldwin, one of the biggest sugar companies in Hawaii. She named the foundation after a son who was killed in an accident. The Foundation continues to support work in such fields as the environment and conservation, population and reproductive rights, civil rights, civic engagement and the arts among others and is committed to supporting new ideas and sometimes unpopular causes following the tradition established by its bold and passionate activist founder.