The Marion E. Kenworthy-Sarah H. Swift Foundation was established by Dr. Kenworthy and her long time associate Sarah H. Swift, MSW, in 1962. Its purpose was and remains to advance mental and emotional health of young people under age 21 by making grants to support innovative programs that advance the mental health of young people through social work, psychiatry, preventive psychiatry and community mental health.

The Foundation emphasizes seed money for new programs as well as support for programs whose effectiveness is established.  Research projects in the foundation’s area of interest are also accepted.

During their lifetimes Dr. Kenworthy and Ms. Swift sought to build bridges between psychiatry and social work with commitment to teamwork and collaboration among helping professions. In this spirit the foundation supports development and improvement of understanding in all mental health areas, including preventative psychiatry, that affect the welfare and emotional health of young people.