2017 Duchess Award

2017 Duchess Award

2017 Duchess Award, Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Teaching Tolerance programIn 2017, the trustees of the SFF decided to make one direct donation per year to an organization of our choosing. We named this annual gift the ‘Duchess Award’, after the St. Bernard dog that the Schwemm family had many years ago. Duchess was certainly a big dog, but she was also incredibly big-hearted and kind.   

This year we gave the first annual Duchess Award to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Teaching Tolerance program. As described on the SPLC website, the Teaching Tolerance program is dedicated to “…reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.” Toward that goal they produce and distribute anti-bullying and tolerance materials for free to public schools, publish the Teaching Tolerance magazine, and sponsor ‘Mix It Up At Lunch Day’, among other efforts.

The SFF believes that only a greater level of love and understanding of our fellow planet-walkers will make a real difference in these challenging times, and that compassion and empathy begin at home and at school. As Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote, “You’ve got to be carefully taught.” The SFF thanks the Southern Poverty Law Center for all the very important work they are doing to teach tolerance of others.