About Us

The Swifty Foundation began with Michael. Shortly after his diagnosis, Michael recruited his friends to raise money for cancer research by selling golf balls they found on a nearby golf course. This led him to recruit teams for the annual Relay for Life. At the end of Michael’s battle, with his parent’s help, he started the Swifty Foundation.

The torch of Michael’s leadership is now carried by the Swifty Foundation’s Governing Board, Junior Board, our staff and summer interns. Swifty places a priority on youth involvement, creating opportunities for them to learn about all aspects of philanthropy, engage in a mission they care about and invite their peers to become involved. These young people will be among our next generation of leaders.

In 2015, Swifty was named the Ronald McDonald House CNI’s Charity of the Year. With this honor came the benefit of a yearlong mentoring program for our Junior Board. It sure paid off because the next year the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Swifty Foundation with its Youth in Philanthropy Award.

In 2017, Swifty reached the milestone of raising its first million dollars through community fundraising events, peer-to-peer fundraising and the generosity of many individuals. Much of the fundraising resulted from the efforts of the Junior Board and our interns, who also worked  to involve their schools, clubs and peers.

It is important to note that 100 percent of all donations received by the Swifty Foundation go directly to funding pediatric brain cancer research. Michael’s family pays all administrative costs, so with every donation you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Finally, in case you are curious, the name Swifty is the nickname Michael’s grandfather called anyone who he liked … as in “Hey Swifty!”  Michael thought it a positive and fun choice for the Foundation’s name.