“We intend to make 2017 a year of organization and change. Let’s not agonize. Let’s organize.” Ringing words from co-chair Susan Genco at the XX Fund’s recent celebration of its nine grantees. One hundred women and girls—all members of the giving circle managed by Liberty Hill--gathered at the Mayor’s Residence to recognize the following community organizations with $90,000 for their work advancing and protecting the rights of women and girls in Los Angeles:
|Justice in Aging||Downtown Women’s Center|
|Westside Infant-Family Network||New Village Girls Academy|
|Gender Justice LA||Champion Fund - #SheCanDoIt|
|Garment Worker Center||Global Girl Media|
|New Directions - Oasis for Women Veterans|
XX Fund co-chairs Susan Genco and Julie Hermelin issued a call to action that we must not just hold our ground against gender discrimination and violence, but must keep acting together and fueling a sea change for and led by women and girls: “Now is the time to double down, walk the talk and show up to this fight,” urged Julie.
Amy Wakeland, First Lady of L.A. and a member of the XX Fund Executive Committee, reminded us that change is most sustainable when it is led locally by our community organizations, community members, and our local governments.
Liberty Hill is proud of the vital work being done by these grantees, by the tireless commitment of the XX Fund members, and by the important precedent that all city commissions and boards in Los Angeles are now 50% female, and 50% of those women are Latina.
The XX Fund is committed to bringing about lasting change by making annual grants to local organizations that enable women and girls to reach their potential, strive for economic justice and live free of discrimination and violence. Learn more about the XX Fund and see more pictures from the celebration in our Facebook photo album. .