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Liberty Hill Foundation Releases $1.1 Million in Philanthropic Funding for Greater L.A.

LOS ANGELES—September 9, 2016—Liberty Hill Foundation, L.A.’s social justice foundation, celebrates its 40th anniversary with philanthropic investments in 40 local grassroots community organizing groups working for racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice and LGBTQ justice.

Twenty-four organizations in South and Metro L.A. received funding, including ACCE Institute, which focuses on economic justice issues such as housing and worker rights; CADRE, a group of parent activists in LAUSD schools; Los Angeles Community Action Network, which organizes low income and homeless people; L.A. Voice, an interfaith social justice group of 20 congregations;  Clean Carwash Campaign,  carwash workers who fight to improve conditions for low-wage workers; SCOPE, which addresses underdevelopment with a far-sighted agenda for climate change solutions and job creation—and many others.

The grants reflect the strength of the L.A. region’s social justice movement, fueled in part by Liberty Hill’s four decades of support of grassroots advocacy and activism in low income communities and communities of color. With grants ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 over one- and two-year periods, a sampling of the work supported includes:

  • ·      increasing engagement among young voters in communities of color
  • ·      combatting violence against transgender and gender nonconforming Angelenos
  • ·      reducing the impact of incarceration on poor and working class communities of color
  • ·      reducing exposure to environmental hazards and creating sustainable communities
  • ·      producing a parent-researched report on discipline policies in LAUSD

 “With this year’s grants, Liberty Hill is proud to support L.A.’s most effective grassroots organizations in winning positive changes for the people of L.A. including increased minimum wage rates, a ban on discriminatory school suspension policies in Los Angeles and Long Beach school districts, and increased scrutiny of urban oil drilling. We are also supporting rising activism and new organizations so vital to a new, diverse generation of Angelenos who are addressing root causes of the injustices that still stifle opportunity for so many,” says Shane Goldsmith, CEO/President.

“Community Coalition is elated to receive support for our young voter engagement efforts,” says Rosemarie Molina, Civic Engagement Coordinator. “This funding will help us contact thousands of young Black and Latino voters from South L.A. to engage them around the November 2016 elections. We will also register new voters from South L.A. high schools and community colleges. We are excited to have CoCo's young workers pilot new technology and digital strategies to connect with young voters who will exercise their political power this November.”

“We are pleased to be supported by Liberty Hill to continue our work to change the narrative on what parent participation can be in South L.A. schools,” says Maisie Chin, Executive Director of Community Asset Development Re-defining Education (CADRE). “Funding will be used to deepen our focus on school discipline policy monitoring and our parent organizing to increase resource investments in school climate, eliminate the disproportionality in suspensions for African American students, and recognize parents as full stakeholders in our schools.”

Liberty Hill, which received the 2014 Impact Award from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, is a public foundation that raises, pools and distributes philanthropic donations from individuals, giving circles and institutions.

For a list of community organizations receiving grants during the current Liberty Hill funding cycle, go to this website page.

To speak with Shane Goldsmith and/or a representative from one of the grassroots organizations receiving funding, please call Calvin Fleming, 323-484-6707 or Wyllisa Bennett, 310-266-9704.  

Learn more by checking out the “Video 101s” on our website at https://www.libertyhill.org/video

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Liberty Hill advances movements for social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and alliance building. Organizing and advocacy powered by Liberty Hill has changed national policies, launched movements, transformed neighborhoods, and nurtured hundreds of community leaders who respond to the experience of injustice by fighting for their rights.