About the Foundation & Guidelines

About the Foundation

The Swift Family Foundation provides funds to exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code that enable the Foundation to carry out it’s charitable, scientific, and educational purpose.

Dr. Fredrick Swift attended the University of Iowa, where he received his medical degree, and Louise Swift graduated Northwestern University with a liberal arts degree. Dr. Swift was a family practitioner and surgeon in Maquoketa, Iowa for many years, delivering more than 5,000 babies. He opened a practice in 1946 and with no hospital in Maquoketa at the time, he operated his own hospital. He practiced there until 1970, when he sold the clinic and he and his wife moved to Gainesville. When he moved to Gainesville, he practiced at the Veterans Affairs Hospital and was a volunteer at the Civilian Blood Bank.

Mrs. Swift spent her time caring for her family. In addition, Louise found time to actively participate in her community. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts, a member of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority, and performed in Peace Pipe Players, a local theater group. Once in Gainesville, she also served as a volunteer at Shands Hospital and with the soup kitchen at St. Francis House.


Guidelines

Funding Priorities:

Organizations considered for The Swift Family Foundation gifts are those which carry on the following described types of charitable work:

  1. Medical research with in the field of Obstetric
  2. Education with preference given to the following areas:
    1. College access services for low-income students
    2. Education support services for low-income students

    Geographic Focus:

    Preference shall be given to Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and University of Iowa, in Iowa City, IA and then to organizations serving Florida residents for the above funding priorities.

    Types of Support:

    • Program
    • Project
    • Scholarship
    • General Operating

    Restrictions:
    Foundation gifts may be made only for use within the United States or its possessions.

    Organizations to which Foundation gifts are made must be exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    The Trustees will consider all qualified applications received from organizations that are exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3).

    Grant Cycle and Deadline Information:
    Annual – Deadline September 1st

    Grant Range:
    The average grant size is between $1,000 – $15,000.