Our Mission

Contribute to an informed and active citizenry by supporting programs that promote literacy and educational enrichment within communities served by Swift Communications.

Examples include programs that promote:

  • Literacy, reading and writing skills
  • Programs in the arts, languages and sciences

2014 Grants Announced!

For more information about the individual recipients check out the 2014 tab under the Grant History menu item.

2008-2014 Grants

The Foundation began awarding grants in 2008.  A total of 140 grants have been awarded for a total of over$234,000.

BMSF Statistics 2014 jpeg History by Category pdfWe support projects that promote literacy and educational enrichment in a number of areas.  Over the years they’ve fallen roughly into categories as shown above.

Our Objectives

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to programs that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading; to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels; and, to develop programs in the arts, languages and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged students.