Swish expanded its mission to more communities around the world when it launched the Swish Ally Fund in 2014 at The Stonewall Community Foundation – the first of its kind – to fund grassroots organizations so that they can engage straight allies in the fight for love and equality.
Founded in 2014, the Swish Ally Fund at The Stonewall Community Foundation supports organizations and programs that engage straight allies in the fight for LGBT equality – as volunteers, advocates, ambassadors, board members, activists, and donors. The first fund of its kind, it was created by the award-winning gay-straight alliance, Swish – because equality is not possible without straight allies. For over 15 years Swish engaged straight allies in joyful partnership with the LGBT community as partners in the movement for freedom and equality.
Along with our award-winning annual appearances in the New York City Pride March (5-time nominee and 3-time award-winner by Heritage of Pride), Swish has participated in the Atlanta and LA Pride Marches and represented the United States delegation at the EuroPride 2008 events in Stockholm. In 2009, Swish was the first organization to endorse the National Equality March in Washington, DC, for which we were named among the Best of Gay New York City by Time Out NY that year. Swish joined Google as an honoree at Marriage Equality USA’s national gala to receive our 2013 Community Partner Award.
Songs in the Key of Equality Benefit Concert: We Rise Together will be held on Monday April 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Now, more than ever, we need to lead with love and stand together in pride, love, and solidarity to make sure that we continue our march forward toward progress and equality. Join us as #WeRiseTogether.
On April 3rd, we will be introducing supporters to our 2016 grantees are leading the resistance, fighting every day for justice and equality Gays Against Guns, NYC Anti-Violence Project, FIERCE, Ali Forney Center’s Bea Arthur Residence and teen transgender programs, Harlem Same Gender Loving/LGBTQ Center, Youth OUTRight in North Carolina, True Colors Fund.
100% of the proceeds from the concert will benefit Swish and the Swish Ally Fund at the Stonewall Community Foundation who exist to engage straight allies in the fight for LGBTQ equality.
Doors open for the VIP reception at 7pm, concert begins at 8pm. For tickets: http://werisetogether.bpt.me/
To request grants from the Swish Ally Fund, email your name, title, and organization name to email@example.com, please include “Swish Ally Fund” in the subject line. The Swish Ally Fund made its first grants in 2015 (see below) and because of your generous commitment and contributions to past years’ concerts, we were able to double the amount of grants we awarded in 2016!
Thank you to the Founding Donors of The Swish Ally Fund for making history:
Barbaro-Gould Foundation*Jason Bowman & Chris Adasiewicz*Cate Carley*Bonnie Catena*Marty Coleman*Dun & Bradstreet Corporation Foundation*Cara Eisen*Sara Haines*Joseph Haines*Erik Johnson*Fidelity Corporate Services*Guinevere Johnson & Jason Rohlf*Roberta Katz*Monte Lapka*Keith Lewis*Dennis Lonergan & John Graves*Jamie A. Lloyd*Justin Maloney*Kathleen Monahan*Kimberly Mufferi*Only In My Dreams Events LLC*Kathleen Orzech*Calixto Perez Galan*Greg Potosnak*Edward Potosnak III & Jeremy Pyke*Joe Schick*Kathryn Sena and Family*Sue Sena*Kevin Shalayda*Mark Sharp & Bruce Truman*Ali Swerdlow*the watsons*Debra Thompson*Andrew & Xavier Van Degna*Mark Von der Heide*Laszlo T. Varga & Joel Pacheco*Ida Wainschel & Andres Cools*Ny Whitaker
Over the last 13 years, Swish has engaged more than 3,000 straight ally and LGBT members worldwide in joyful partnership with the LGBT rights movement.
NYC LOVES ORLANDO
So many of us have been emotionally and spiritually impacted by the tragic and unnecessary deaths of 49 members of the LGBTQ and Ally communities in Orlando. We have the power to make a difference in the face of such hate. We’ve shown it time and time again over the last decade. Love has always prevailed.
We are very proud to share that with all those who took action with us, as always, with love and joy, we raised $6,000 for the emergency response fund at the Stonewall Community Foundation.
JUNE 2015, MAKING A DIFFERENCE ALREADY!
We are very happy to share exciting news about the inaugural grants from the Swish Ally Fund. Your collective contributions are being donated to five great organizations that are dedicated to bringing the LGBTQ and Ally communities together to fight for love and equality. These grants were made possible because of your generosity. Thank you so much for your constant love and support!
MARRIAGE EQUALITY USA
We are proud to announce that a $1,000 grant has been donated to MEUSA for their #DecisionDayevents regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the freedom to marry.
MEUSA provides education, training and advocacy programs to empower individuals and organizations to advocate for their own equality. Their mission is to secure legally recognized civil marriage equality for LGBTQ families at the state and federal levels. We have been proud to be their partner over the last decade and support this moment in history for the marriage equality movement.
We have proudly donated $500 to support collaboration between LGBTQ and Ally communities in Harlem.
In 2010 the founders of HARLEM PRIDE saw the opportunity to celebrate the Same Gender Loving/LGBTQ community and its role in Harlem’s rich history. Their mission is to advocate for, educate, promote and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBTQ community.
A grant of $500 was donated to Camp Lightbulb so that more LGBTQ youth will have a positive summer camp experience.
CAMP LIGHTBULB is a week-long, summer camp filled with fun, pride, friends and support for LGBTQ teenagers. Located in Provincetown, MA, this camp is open to teenagers from across the country. Developed by Puck Markham in 2012, Camp Lightbulb is committed to providing the camp experience to all and roughly 40% of its campers receive full or partial scholarship.
LIVE OUT LOUD
In support of mentoring LGBTQ youth, a grant of $500 will be donated to Live Out Loud.
LIVE OUT LOUD inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community. They envision a world where lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender youth live proud, live out, and live free!
Here is a list of Live Out Loud’s upcoming events to support LGBTQ youth.
LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATION FUND
This grant is in honor of our creative partners, the watsons. We are contributing $500 to Lambda Legal to support their impact litigation, education and public policy work.
LAMBDA LEGAL was founded in 1973 and since then has made it their mission to achieve full recognition of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal does not charge their clients for legal representation or advocacy, and it receives no government funding, depending solely on contributions from supporters.
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