From Liberty Hill's departing Deputy Director, Donor Services:
Dear Liberty Hill Family,
Before I depart, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. It has been an honor and a privilege to work for YOUR Los Angeles public foundation. I am humbled by the work of Liberty Hill’s staff, the power of Liberty Hill’s grantees and the investment made by the foundations and individuals who help to support Change. Not Charity.
During my tenure I have worked on, witnessed or supported some amazing projects including
- Van Tours that have brought together Angelenos to learn about organizations like Community Coalition, InnerCity Struggle and ROC-LA, groups made of hard working community members striving for social justice in their communities and their workplaces.
- Upton Sinclair Dinners in which supporters, many who have been with Liberty Hill for 30-plus years, have gathered to praise folks like Gary Stewart, Manuel Pastor and Walter Mosley.
- Uplifting Change Summits that draw together African American and ally philanthropists, to focus on practical tools and strategies to promote social justice in Los Angeles.
- The Wally Marks Leadership Institute that addresses the critical need for intensive, customized, on-the-job training and mentoring for leaders of grassroots organizations in communities of color, working with small budgets and long-term social justice goals. And
sometimes brings Freedom Riders to the conversation!
- Engagement events ranging from workshops that have inspired the creation of giving circles to a book series bringing powerful authors like Connie Rice, Nancy Cohen and Peter Dreier to share their stories.
- Scholarships that have been a lifeline for Dreamers, undocumented students seeking financial aid to pursue higher education in California.
This list doesn’t even cover the amazing work of Liberty Hill’s Community Funding Board and the Fund for Change or the groundbreaking collaborative effort for Brothers, Sons Selves or the Clean Up Green Up initiative!
As I reflect upon my time with Liberty Hill, I beam with pride that I was lucky enough to be a part of an organization whose roots run deep and wide in Los Angeles to make it a more just place. Every day I was inspired by the every day people like you who make Liberty Hill’s work possible. I will continue to support Liberty Hill in every way possible in the same way it has supported me personally and professionally. You haven’t seen the last of me yet!