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.
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.
Swish has been recognized five times with nominations and awards by NYC Pride, represented the U.S. delegation to EuroPride 2008 in Stockholm Sweden, was named “Best of LGBT NY 2009” by Time Out NY for its early endorsement of the National Equality March in Washington, DC and most recently joined Google as a Community Partner Award honoree at Marriage Equality USA’s national gala in New York City.
Since its creation, the Swish Ally Fund has awarded $69,000 to 33 organizations – doubling its investment in each of the last three years.
The Swish Ally Fund is supporting nonprofits that advocate and empower LGBT people of color, immigrants, young people and the homeless. That fight for gun control, marriage equality and housing creation. In 2016, the Swish Ally Fund created the New York Loves Orlando coalition of more than 50 individuals and organizations from the worlds of finance, religion, non-profits, sports, philanthropy and entertainment to raise funds for case management and mental health care for the families of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. The Fund is also committed to being a major community partner for the World Pride/Stonewall 50 events in New York City this year.
The Fund’s past grantees include Gays Against Guns, NYC Anti-Violence Project, FIERCE, Bea Arthur House at Ali Forney Center, Harlem Pride, True Colors Fund, Southern Poverty Law Center, #BornPerfect Campaign to end conversion therapy, Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship at Lesbians Who Tech, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, SAGE, among others.
To request grants from the Swish Ally Fund, email your name, title, and organization name with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Swish Ally Fund” in the subject line.
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