Resources for Donors
Swift participates in this dynamic network of foundations focused on investing their endowment resources in a complementary way to their grantmaking for environmental sustainability and social justice. Confluence Philanthropy is a non-profit network of over 175 private, public, and community foundations. Confluence builds capacity and provides technical assistance to enhance the ability of foundations to align the management of assets with organizational mission to promote environmental sustainability and social justice. Confluence is a recognized affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Confluence is not an investment advisor.
Swift Foundation actively engages as a member in IFIP to promote more and better philanthropy for Indigenous Peoples globally. Sonja Swift, Swift Foundation Board Member, serves on the Board of Directors of IFIP. IFIP convenes and educates donors to build capacity and enhance funding partnerships to improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples globally. IFIP accomplishes its mission by increasing knowledge and understanding of the unique issues of Indigenous peoples by facilitating dialogue both among its grantmaking members and between that membership and Indigenous communities.
Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG) of The Consultative Group on Biological Diversity
Swift Foundation participates in the Climate and Energy Funders Group as a member active in addressing the issue of climate change. The Mission of the Climate and Energy Funders Group is to expand the field of climate and energy philanthropy, and to promote collaborative, strategic grantmaking among its members. The Vision of the Climate and Energy Funders Group is one of U.S. leadership in the global transition to a clean energy future.
Swift Foundation is a member of the Association of Small Foundations in order to access their many excellent resources created for foundations with few staff. Swift participates in their national conferences sharing our work on international grantmaking. ASF is a membership organization for donors, trustees, employee and consultants of foundations that have few or no staff. ASF enhances the power of philanthropy by providing members with peer learning opportunities, resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community. Members range in assets from under $1 million to more than $50 million. Most member foundations operate with fewer than two paid staff, and many with volunteers alone.
Resource Generation (RG)
Swift Foundation board members have participated in RG retreats and trainings. Resource Generation organizes young people with financial wealth to leverage resources and privilege for social change. Since 1998, Resource Generation (RG) has engaged over 1,800 young people with wealth across the U.S. Through community building, education and organizing, RG helps young people with wealth bring all they have and all they are to the social change movements and issues they care about. Resource Generation organizes to transform philanthropy, policy, and institutions, and leverage collective power to make lasting structural change.
Swift Foundation joined SAFSF in 2011 to support our program work in agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture work. SAFSF is a broad international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. SAFSF seeks to carry out its mission by providing opportunities for collaboration, increasing awareness of the issues as well as funding needs, and expanding beyond the current membership to increase support and funding for organizations that (i) promote sustainable food production; (ii) link to concerns about sustainability of our food system; and/or (iii) connect food production with issues of environmental stewardship, diet and health, and viability of rural communities.