OVERVIEW: The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation supports Orange County, California, and Hawaii in the areas of community well-being, immigrants, children and youth, domestic violence, arts and culture, mental health, civil engagement, access to justice and job training.
IP TAKE: This funder supports a broad range of interests within the county and welcomes informal introductions from local nonprofits.
PROFILE: Established in 2004, the Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation is based in Orange County, California. Keith Swayne was the CEO of Case-Swayne Co. and its successor company, International Food Solutions. Judith Swayne, who passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s in 2014, served as the foundation’s original executive director. The foundation seeks to “strengthen underserved communities in Hawaii and Orange County by investing in organizations and causes that strive to achieve a more just and fair society.” Grantmaking interests are broad and support a wide range of community well-being issues.
The foundation does not specify its exact funding areas on its website. However, recent grants have been in the fields of children and youth, domestic violence, arts and culture, mental health, civil engagement, access to justice and job training. It awards unrestricted general operating funds to support the core work of the organizations. Swayne is also part of a funder collaborative called the OC Opportunity Initiative, which is dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants in Orange County.
Foundation grants are often around $20,000 each. View a list of past grantees on the funder’s website. Grantmaking is focused on the places where the Swayne family lives: Orange County, California, and Hawaii. The funder does not typically consider funding organizations that serve communities outside these areas.
The foundation’s grant applicants are by invitation only, as it does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, the foundation does welcome new organization introductions of two pages or fewer via email. The best way to get in touch with the foundation staff is via online contact form or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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