Melissa adds, “We give money to our high schools and colleges and grad schools because we want to give back to those that helped us. But we also want get out there and change the system. We support social action that leads to legislation that changes policies or brings about a change in thought.”
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At Liberty Hill, Melissa says, they and other supporters are creating “a new model of philanthropy."
“Liberty Hill donors are people who want to support good organizations and want to know for sure that the money's going to good use. It's an organization of interesting, like-minded, engaging people you want to get to know. It's not just, ‘Oh I'm writing a check, giving money.’ It's about ‘Let's interact with each other, let's support each other as well. I think that's really cool that there's also support for the donor-activist.”
Says Heather, “It's like catalyzing your privilege for positive social change.”