Did you know the greatest contributing factor for college graduation is not grades, it is money? Students struggle to pay ever-increasing tuition and to buy expensive textbooks. Academic success should not be determined by socio-economic background. Hard working, exceptional students shouldn’t have to drop out because they lack the family resources to pay for school. Adding to this societal issue is the fact that the US, 1 in 4 children will spend some part of their childhood in a single parent household. Consider the high cost of living, it takes two incomes to merely make ends meet. Imagine how much harder it is for single parents. There is a need for assistance for the future generation.
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. Our team and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. We provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference. Our mission is to build strong families and build even stronger communities. #TogetherWeCan by giving back through life-changing experiences!
Our mission at The Swinney Foundation is to provide assistance and resources to single parents with care, thoughtfulness, and trust.
Our vision forThe Swinney Foundation is to build strong families and even stronger communities.
Long gone are the days when a student could work during the summer to pay their college tuition for the year. The greatest barrier to a college degree is not grades but finances. The Swinney Foundation is doing our part to help bridge that gap in student success by providing scholarships every term to single parent students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
The economy has been bad for single parents and only continues to worsen with the covid-19 pandemic. We have to ensure that people in our community have the resources needed to thrive. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on change.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We thrive to be engaged and involved with our local and broader community like with our Walk a Mile in Her Shoes domestic violence awareness march. Come connect with people in new ways.
Dr. Sharmon L. Swinney Monagan is the Founder and CEO of The Swinney Foundation. She holds a doctorate in conflict analysis and resolution with a concentration in international peace and conflict. Her area of scholarship is the intersection of race, gender, and politics. She is an author, and educator. Dr. Monagan is a finalist for Ms. Veteran America 2020, which provides housing and assistance for homeless women veterans. She is a recent inductee to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women- MECCA Chapter (2019 Chapter of the Year). She is a volunteer advocate for CARE working on the issues of child marriage, food insecurity, maternal mortality, and international funding for covid-19. She is also a member of the World Affairs Council, Georgia Council of International Visitors, and Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church. In her free time, Dr. Monagan enjoys spending time with her adult children and traveling. She lives by the saying "Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional." Choose not to live defeated!
DJ "Sherman III" Monagan is the grandson of Sherman and Beatrice Swinney. He is an Advisory Board Member At Large. He is a graduate of Stone Mountain High School. He is a member of the extraordinary, Atlanta based music group, Nedlog. He's the owner of ShotxBuddies as a videographer. The issues most important to DJ are social justice, elimination of gender based violence, and better care for military veterans.
Jasmine Payne serves in the position of Public Policy Advocate for the Advisory Board. A Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa scholar, she graduated from Spelman College in 2015. In 2018 , she graduate from the Andrew Young School at Georgia State University where she earned a Master of Public Administration to better solve issues of intergenerational poverty. She is also a 2017-2018 Georgia Women’s Policy Institute alum. Jasmine previously worked at the Atlanta Community Food Bank as an Advocacy and Education Specialist where she taught workshops on hunger and poverty, and developed curriculum intended to catalyze deeper thought and action about social issues. She currently works at CARE as an Engagement Officer in the Policy and Advocacy Department. In this role she coordinates across departments to ensure success of national initiatives. Believing that everyone can be a catalyst for change, Jasmine strongly believes that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for.”
Isha Vyas is the founder of a branding consultancy based in NYC, Yellow Pebble, and the Director of Client Strategy at Sparks & Honey, a strategic consulting firm within the Omnicom Group. She is a marketing expert & a strategy executive who has managed brands netting $5B+ in annual revenues & consulted for organizations netting $20B+ in annual revenues. As a former engineer & an MBA with focus in Marketing, she brings the best of both worlds to her practice – quantitative analysis & creative thought leadership. Her own brand consulting business, Yellow Pebble, works to transform young businesses into brands, as well as her role as the Director of Client Strategy at Sparks & Honey, managing C-suite relationships & portfolios of Fortune 100 clients across industries ranging from consumer goods to financial services. Previously, she has managed one the largest personal care brands in the US, Dial, at Henkel and the largest packaged food brand in South Asia Region, Maggi Noodles, with Nestle. With experience ranging across 7 categories and 3 continents, her business development processes and brand strategies are designed to accelerate change and drive innovation in products and processes.
Shemario Winfrey is a corporate attorney with Holland & Knight law firm in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on a variety of corporate transactions. Mr. Winfrey represents public and privately held companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate formation, and governance and compliance. He also has extensive experience in the transportation and energy industries, with a particular focus on regulatory compliance.
Prior to attending law school and throughout the course of his studies, Mr. Winfrey served as director of transportation projects and systems for Phillips 66 Co. in Houston and director of corporate compliance for Hub Group Corp. in Oak Brook, Illinois. In these positions, Mr. Winfrey was responsible for, among other things, managing corporate regulatory programs related to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) compliance. He also served as a member of rail safety working groups of the various oil and gas trade associations.
Mr. Winfrey has a passion for providing pro bono legal services to disadvantaged communities. He routinely represents indigent clients in public benefit proceedings and volunteers in programs that focus on providing access to justice and voting rights.