Allen Zwickler
Caren Levine
Jeff Silver
Randi Zwickler

July 12, 2017

2016 was another successful year for the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation. Having Randi on board brings us a new pair of young eyes to see through. Randi introduced us to our newest grantee — Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, a non-profit that finds suitable owners for abandoned dogs. Phil was an animal lover. In fact, he saved and rescued Lucky, the dog we grew up with.

Randi also arranged for Microsoft's New York office to donate holiday gifts to several needy families serviced by the Alliance for Positive Change (formally ASCNYC). She is certainly off to a great start...

The Elm project (formerly Camp Amerikids) continues to thrive by bringing AIDS/Hepatitis C affected inner city children to the beautiful mountains of New York for a week during the summer. The kids enjoy a respite from their "real world." Elm continues to nurture these children, some of which go on to become mentors and leaders for the next set of affected kids.

We continue to support Cornell University by providing resources to researchers. For each of the past 15 years we have funded scholars, which now number over 30. To win, the applicants are required to submit an application for funding, and perform their work at Cornell's Human Sexuality collection. Once they complete their work, they are required to submit a letter to our Foundation outlining their accomplishments. I have chosen to attach a letter recently received from a 2016 winner that demonstrates why we are passionate supporters of this grant program.

Mr. Allen Zwickler
Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation

June 1, 2017

Dear Mr. Zwickler:

I am writing to thank you for the opportunity to conduct research at Cornell University Library with the support of Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant. In April, I visited Cornell to use several holdings within the Human Sexuality Collection, including the Chai Feldblum Papers, Larry Bush Papers, OutServe-SLDN Records, Human Rights Campaign Records, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Records.

The papers I examined at Cornell will be extremely useful for my dissertation, "Sexual Contagion: The Politics of Sexuality and Public Health in the U.S. Military, 1941-1993." The project explores military regulations of sexuality between the U.S. entry to World War II in 1941 and the introduction of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in 1993, showing how race and gender affected service members' experience of both venereal disease control policy and homosexuality bans, as well as how the military treated homosexuality as both as personal disorder and a social problem.

The collection I was able to use at Cornell are particularly valuable to me because they help to fill in the last decades of my dissertation's narrative, years for which it is more difficult to gain access to official military records. Additionally, since the collections are those of gay rights organizations or individuals involved in related advocacy, the sources therein portray the military homosexuality ban and the enactment of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy quite differently than many federal records. They reveal the effects of bans and investigations and show how gay service members and other advocates worked to lobby the federal government to end these practices and to protect the rights of individual's service members and veterans. I was especially struck by a group of letters in the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Records in which several gay and lesbian veterans detailed their own experiences as suspects in homosexuality investigations.

I deeply appreciate the opportunity to use the rich resources at Cornell's Human Sexuality Collection, and I thank you for the Phil Zwickler Charitable and Memorial Foundation's generosity and support of academic research.


Natalie Shibley
Ph.D. candidate in Africana Studies and History
University of Pennsylvania

Cc: Brenda Marston

Please visit our Cornell page for samples of other letters received to date. We are extremely proud of the winners. They are now sending their own students to qualify for grants and are utilizing social media and are publishing articles and books about subjects that we have funded.

2017 has already been a great year for several of our long term grantees and we look forward to reporting on them during the year on our website and in next year's letter.


Allen Zwickler
Phil Zwickler Charitable & Memorial Foundation Trust

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2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
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2007 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
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