One of the objectives of the Swayne Family Foundation is to be active in the philanthropic community beyond being a funder. Among our objectives are to bring grantors and grantees closer together to discuss community needs; to bring in new people to philanthropy and to help promote more impactful philanthropy. Anne Swayne Keir, President of the Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation and a resident of Hawaii has been busy both in Hawaii and elsewhere in working towards these objectives. She recently arranged for America Bracho of Latino Health Access of Santa Ana, California to speak to a large group of Hawaiian non-profit organizations in Honolulu on the subject of community participation and brought together HANO, the Hawaii People’s Fund and HACBED as co-sponsors. Following the presentation to the non-profit groups, America then participated in a convening with funders. Mrs. Keir was a panelist for an Association of Small Foundations Next Gen Funders panel in Austin, TX, co-facilitated an Association of Small Foundation Next Gen Retreat in Chicago, served as a panelist for an Association of Professional Funders conference in Honolulu, worked on the planning committee for the Non Profit Conference in Honolulu in November and was a presenter at a HANO workshop on proposal writing. She is also a member of the Impact Working Group and the Next Gen Committee of the Association of Small Foundations. In addition to these activities, Ms. Keir is spearheading the start-up of a Hawaii chapter of EPIP (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy). Back on the mainland in Orange County, she is part of the Orange County Community Foundation’s Next Gen Group and the recently formed Orange County Family Foundation Alliance. At home in Honolulu she is serving on the Arts Alliance of Hawaii Board where she chairs the Community Committee.
Anne’s involvement in philanthropic and non-profit endeavors in Hawaii and on the mainland is consistent with the foundations goal of having an impact on promoting and improving the impact of philanthropy on the needs of our communities.