Liberty Hill was exited to honor one of its own rabble rousers during this year’s Upton Sinclair Dinner. Kafi Blumenfield has done so much for Liberty Hill’s causes and we are excited to share Kafi’s speech as she accepted Liberty Hill’s 2014 Diversity in Philanthropy Award.
By Michelle Lin
On the evening of April 28, National Public Radio station KPCC hosted a panel discussion at the Crawford Family Forum titled “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality.” This program discussed and promoted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jo Becker’s newly released book, Forcing the Spring.
The panel included San Francisco attorney Terry Stewart and Liberty Hill’s former executive director and longtime social activist, Torie Osborn, who has also served as Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze moderated the discussion, leading audience members through Becker’s account of the fight to restore the marriage equality to gay and lesbian individuals in California. Forcing the Spring documents the fight to overturn Proposition 8—the California ballot initiative that removed the right of gay men and women to marry—following the lawyers, plaintiffs, and political stakeholders in the case. While some commentators have heralded the book as thorough and a definitive account of the battle for same-sex marriage, a number of gay rights activists believe her story grossly misrepresents the importance of many who contributed to the movement, and say the book is a “distortion of history.” This panel convened to discuss both the content and the controversy.
The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) announced from Washington D.C. that it has selected Liberty Hill Foundation to receive its 2014 Impact Award in the community foundation category. Liberty Hill is proud to be recognized and to keep company with the other 2014 awardees: Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, The California Endowment and Hill-Snowdon Foundation.
The Impact Awards were created by NCRP, a philanthropy watchdog group, “to honor foundations of all sizes that practice smart, high-impact philanthropic strategies” and to promote philanthropy “that serves the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.”
Liberty Hill President/CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith and Liberty Hill Board member Latonya Slack will travel to Washington, D.C. for the June 9 awards ceremony.
For many of Liberty Hill’s organizing partners, February’s news coverage was about getting recognized for important work. From spots on top ten lists to personal profiles of group leaders, the work of Liberty Hill’s affiliated activists is not going unnoticed. Meanwhile, other organizations turned up the heat on ongoing campaigns, and Liberty Hill CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith kicked off March by bringing the message of Change, Not Charity, to a major online network.
Fighting homophobia has been central to National Coalition Building Institute Missoula (NCBI Missoula)’s work since it was founded in 1998 in response to incidents of racist and homophobic violence in the region. One of the tragic catalysts for the organization’s mission was a near-fatal arson attack on the home of a lesbian couple and their infant son.
Had enough of celebrity diets for 2014? Here are some tips from our experts for getting your giving in shape for the coming year.
It’s January—makeover time. To get the inside skinny on putting a philanthropic plan into shape for the new year, we put aside our calorie counters and spoke to five Liberty Hill donor-activists who are known by peers as particularly thoughtful, strategic givers.