Community Funding Board

Liberty Hill has always worked to support grassroots community organizations as they build power among those who have been disenfranchised.


About the Community Funding Board

The Community Funding Board (CFB) is at the core of Liberty Hill’s legacy and at the heart of those efforts, guiding decisions on both the selection of grantee organizations and the level of support.

CFB members provide an important service helping identify and fund organizations that can make the greatest impact in their communities.

CFB members bring their extensive expertise to the process—interviewing applicants, conducting site visits, and drawing from their own experiences and analysis in decision making.

Liberty Hill staff rely on their expertise and observations to make funding decisions that are most impactful to grassroots movements in L.A. County.

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Liberty Hill's Kitchen Table

Torie Osborn & Shane Goldsmith

Participating on the Community Funding Board helps make me a more well-rounded activist, both personally and in my role as a leader at Community Coalition.
Leslie Cooper Johnson
Vice President of Organizational Development Community Coalition

Uplifting Communities

We are proud of our founding mission to provide resources to those who are traditionally denied power—people of color, women, LGBTQ people, economically disadvantaged people and others. These resources help communities organize and demand equality, and a life of dignity and respect.

The CFB will continue to be a critical part of the connective tissue of the community organizing landscape in Los Angeles.

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