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Over the last 11 years, Swish has engaged more than 3,000 straight ally and LGBT members worldwide in joyful partnership with the LGBT rights movement.

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. Over the last four years, Swish volunteers have logged hundreds of phone-banking and canvassing hours with state coalitions to win marriage equality in 19 states and Washington, DC!  Most recently, Swish joined Google as an honoree at Marriage Equality USA’s national gala to receive our 2013 Community Partner Award.

Now Swish is embarking on a new venture to expand its mission to more communities around the world.  Swish is launching the Swish Ally Fund at The Stonewall Community Foundation – the firsts of its kind – to fund grassroots organizations so that they can engage straight allies in the fight for love and equality.

To request grants from the Swish Ally Fund, email your name, title, and organization name to grants@stonewallfoundation.org, please include “Swish Ally Fund” in the subject line. The Swish Ally Fund will begin making its first grants in 2015. 

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


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.

HARLEM PRIDE

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.

CAMP LIGHTBULB

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.

Please make a special Pride donation to keep the Fund alive!
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