Support PSDF

Pacific Swing Dance Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in 2018. You can support PSDF through one of our campaigns, or you can contribute to our general operations fund.

  1. PSDF Scholarship Fund

    Scholarship Program Mission Statement

    The scholarship program of the Pacific Swing Dance Foundation (PSDF) is committed to helping dancers who have been disproportionately affected by discrimination and structural inequalities in society to fully participate in swing dance culture, to include attending swing dance events. Barriers to participation are often related to factors such as race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, income level, disability status, and age; however, this list is not exhaustive and the scholarship committee recognizes that dancers have unique lived experiences of inequality that may involve a combination of these and other factors. The scholarship committee will fulfill this commitment to helping dancers by providing monetary support, opportunities for community and networking, and additional guidance during the event as requested by scholarship recipients.

    Scholarship Costs Per Event

    Financial aid is assigned to each event according to the amount of funds it manages to raise. Each program dedicates funds, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, to cover the expenses of scholarship recipients. Additionally, an allocation of $2,000 to $5,000 is earmarked for program costs. These costs include compensating the scholarship committee, organizing lectures and mentorship opportunities, creating social spaces for scholarship recipients and special guests, and addressing other program-related expenses. Consequently, the total cost of the scholarship program for a single event falls within the range of $3,000 to $15,000. Any funds raised beyond these amounts enable the provision of additional scholarships and enhance the benefits offered by the programs.

    Scholarship Types & Costs

    Scholarships are made possible because the event donates an all inclusive pass for each scholarship recipient and waives competition entry fees. This package alone is valued between $300-600 per scholarship recipient. 
    Full Scholarship
    A Full Scholarship costs PSDF around $1,000 each and includes an event pass, free entry to competitions, access to staff meals, a shared hotel room or other housing accommodations, a travel stipend of up to $400.
    Travel Scholarship
    A Travel Scholarship costs PSDF around $400 each and includes an event pass, free entry to competitions,  an expense stipend of up to $400 and sometimes includes access to staff meals.
    Event Scholarship
    An Event Scholarship includes an event pass and free entry to competitions.        
    $8,910.00 donated
  2. Pacific Swing Dance Archive Living History Project

    The PSDF Archive not only collects and preserves swing dance artifacts from the past, we also collect historical material from current swing dance artists. Our most pressing project is to conduct interviews with remaining original dancers we can find and to interview second generation dancers. We’ve interviewed Roy Damron, Iggy Hignett, Dwight Lupardis, Tise Chao, and are now embarking on our most ambitious project: a complete oral history with Sylvia Sykes. Contributions will be used to fund our Living History project and the activities of the Archive.

    $10,065.00 donated
  3. PSDF Programs and Operations

    PSDF operates a variety of programs like California Balboa Classic, Balorado, Rhythm Relief, and our Scholarships Program and we rely on tax-deductible donations to make it all possible. Although we ask for support for specific programs and initiatives, we also need to fund the infrastructure and financial stability to make our programs possible.

    $10,000.00 donated
  4. Rhythm Relief Fundraiser

    Rhythm Relief Fund

    In May of 2020, Rhythm Relief was created by Nick Williams in cooperation with PSDF to provide financial support to members of the swing dance community affected by COVID-19. In May of 2021, we decided to make the Rhythm Relief Fund a permanent program of Pacific Swing Dance Foundation—it’s clear to us that our community needs ways to raise and distribute financial support when disaster strikes. When you contribute to Rhythm Relief, your money is used to make grants to members of the swing dance community when they need financial help and to maintain the capability to respond in special circumstances. A portion of the funds—between 10% and 30%—are also used to help PSDF pay for the administrative expenses of a non-profit business. Those expenses cover things like accounting and financial compliance, paying administrative staff, IT expenses, etc.

    $105,029.29 donated of $150,000.00 goal