We've just announced $716,500 in grants through our Fund for Change. These grants are informed by Liberty Hill's Community Funding Board braintrust. (If you haven't seen our fabulous video about how the grant process works, watch it below. We use a grant decision process very different from many other funders.)
Of all the exciting things that I see among this year's grantees, the thing I'm most excited to share is the opportunity around the mayor's race. If organizers do a good job now of getting candidates to commit, and then once they are elected, hold them accountable, there is tremendous opportunity to leverage power and win real change for the millions of Angelenos who need better schools, better wages, homes they can afford, and healthier communities. The opportunity for change exists right now and our grantees are figuring out how to take advantage of that. And they've got more fire-power than ever: This year, Liberty Hill grantees counted twice as many leaders - 32,000! - within their organizations than last year. That's a tribute to the success of the Wally Marks Leadership Institute!
Here's the list of just-announced grants, hot off the press.
2012 Fund for Change
ACCE Institute $50,000 Asians and Pacific Islanders for LGBT Equality (API Equality-LA) $10,000 Black Women for Wellness $25,000 Californians for Justice Education Fund $18,000 Coalition for Economic Survival $30,000 Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) $30,000 CADRE $20,000 FTM Alliance/Gender Justice LA $38,000 Gay Straight Alliance Network LA $10,000 Housing Long Beach $30,000 InnerCity Struggle $10,000 Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) $25,000 Jordan/Rustin Coalition $10,000 Khmer Girls in Action $5,500 Korean Resource Center $10,000.00 Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance $35,000 L.A. Voice PICO $25,000 Labor Community Strategy Center $50,000 Latino Equality Alliance $10,000 Los Angeles Black Worker Center $20,000 Los Angeles Community Action Network (L.A. CAN) $35,000 Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition $25,000 People Organized for Westside Renewal$50,000 Pilipino Workers Center $28,500 Pomona Economic Opportunity Center $10,000 Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Los Angeles (ROC-LA) $25,000 Southern California Education Fund $13,000 Strategic Actions for a Just Economy $30,000 Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education $10,000 TRUST-South LA $18,000 Union De Vecinos $10,000
TOTAL: 31 organizations $716,000