We approach our work through a conceptual model that recognizes the interconnectedness, reciprocity, inclusiveness, equality, and continuity based in many Indigenous traditions and communities rooted in their home place. This allows us to see how each aspect of our grant partners’ work relates to the whole and allows us to appreciate the dynamics of our relationships with partners based on lived experiences, accountability to place, guided by Indigenous perspectives and knowledge.
The unprecedented global crisis we are facing shows a world of deep inequalities, where old and new forms of dispossession have devastated the complex fabric of life. Responding to the crisis requires a shift of mindset, and that we address the underlying causes rather than only the symptoms. Responding from the perspective of trust-based solidarity philanthropy, Swift Foundation strives to operate a strategically holistic program that support partners toward the making of a just, resilient, self-determined future in balance.