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The theory of giving: The ‘why’ behind philanthropy

(9/13/2022) By Marta Ferro: The managing director of philanthropy and mission aligned investing at Angeles Wealth Management explains how family foundations and philanthropists would benefit from implementing a values-based strategy to ensure that the impact of their giving aligns with their mission, vision, and goals.

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Inside Philanthropy

11 Major Foundation Racial Justice Pledges and Progress to Date

(8/31/2022) Following the death of George Floyd in May of 2020 and the civil uprisings that followed, numerous philanthropic institutions made commitments to funding organizations working to advance racial justice and racial equity

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Liberty Hill Fights for a More Just L.A.

(8/26/2022) On any given day, tens of thousands of people experience homelessness in Los Angeles, and countless others are left to face a complex web of injustices and oppression—from the scourge of neighborhood oil pollution to the ravages of an ineffective criminal justice system. But, a more just future is possible.

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Inside Philanthropy

How We Increased Grantmaking, Took Risks, and Found Powerful New Models for Change

(7/13/2022) By Shane Murphy Goldsmith: L.A.’s Liberty Hill Foundation set out to fund newer organizations with tiny budgets, and found many groups doing innovative power-building work.

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Los Angeles Daily News

Criminal justice reform groups say LA County budget shortchanges jail alternatives

(6/22/2022) Groups including Black Lives Matter-LA and Re-Imagine LA, held a rally outside the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration demanding the county fully implement Measure J reforms.

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Inside Philanthropy

Who’s Behind the Liberty Hill Foundation, and How Does It Support Social Justice in L.A.?

(6/1/2022) The Liberty Hill Foundation is a locally-focused progressive grantmaker that advocates for justice and equality for all people in Los Angeles. Here’s what Southern California nonprofits need to know about this funder.

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Inside Philanthropy

How a Public-Private Collaboration in L.A. Is Looking Beyond Punishment to Curb Youth Incarceration

(5/12/2022) Ready to Rise is channeling government and private funds toward local groups providing support to youth. Organizers hope it can be a model for communities seeking better ways to reduce crime and curb incarceration.

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Common Dreams

Criminal Justice Reform Isn't Failing, It's Just Unfinished

(5/10/2022 ) By Shane Murphy Goldsmith: We need to talk about the positive actions that complement criminal justice reform. And we need to speak loudly and proudly the vision we have and the solutions we know work.

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The Imprint

L.A.’s Mis-Investment in Youth Incarceration

(4/25/2022) By Tommy Morris and Julio Marcial: Youth in Los Angeles County shouldn't be imprisoned, they deserve to be invested in.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

Implementation Beyond Headline Victories

(10/05/2021) By Shane Murphy Goldsmith: Championing initiatives is not enough. Philanthropy must fund their implementation and build power in communities to keep the ball moving.

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Press Releases

Liberty Hill Foundation and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Holly J. Mitchell Partner to bring Commissions Training Program in District 2

02/04/2022 — Liberty Hill’s Wally Marks Leadership Institute Commissions Training Program prepares local community leaders to expand their influence by serving on boards and commissions which wield significant political power across L.A. County. This program helps community leaders throughout L.A. County, including in the City of Los Angeles, become appointed members on hundreds of boards and commissions that oversee key city and county agencies and advise elected decision makers on core policies and programs that impact quality of life for Los Angeles area residents.

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Liberty Hill Foundation Announces Almas Sayeed as Vice President of Public Partnerships

02/02/2022 ⁠— Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social justice foundation in Los Angeles, is proud to announce the appointment of legal advocate Almas Sayeed to the newly created role of Vice President, Public Partnerships. Founded in 1976, Liberty Hill is a public foundation whose mission is to leverage the power of community organizers, donor activists and other allies to advance social justice through strategic investment in grants, leadership training, and campaigns.

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L.A. City Council Votes Unanimously to Move Forward with Ending Oil Drilling Citywide

01/26/2022 — After a decade of advocacy by frontline communities, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pass a motion that advances phasing out oil and gas extraction across the city. The motion specifically directs the Department of City Planning to work with the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance that prohibits any new oil and gas extraction operations and makes existing extraction activities a nonconforming land use in all areas of the city.

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Liberty Hill Foundation Announces Historic Investment in Grassroots Organizing & Power-Building, Withdrawing 14% of Endowment During Pandemic

9/14/2021 — Liberty Hill Foundation, the leading social justice foundation in Los Angeles, announced today a historic investment in the local grassroots and community organizing ecosystem and its leaders of color in L.A. County. This investment will enable Liberty Hill to distribute more than $3.34 million in two-year general operating grants to 65 grassroots organizing groups this year—more than tripling the previous Fund for Change disbursement—and expanding the Foundation’s total overall grantmaking portfolio to more than $19 million this year so far.

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New Ready to Rise Report Shows Innovative Reinvestment Strategies Impact BIPOC Youth in Los Angeles County

08/02/2021 — Liberty Hill Foundation (Liberty Hill), and the California Community Foundation (CCF) released an annual report today on their innovative youth development initiative, Ready to Rise: Expanding Opportunities for All L.A. County Youth (R2R). The report looks at R2R’s success in increasing opportunities and resources for community-based youth development organizations that keep youth out of the legal system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

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Liberty Hill Foundation Launches “Justice For All” Campaign to Support Grassroots Activism in Los Angeles

07/29/2021 — Our “Justice for All” Campaign seeks to raise awareness of the critical issues facing Los Angeles as we deal with the effects of a global pandemic and existing systemic problems facing our region. The “Justice for All” campaign will highlight the grassroots activism and on-the-ground successes of Liberty Hill’s partners, while expanding knowledge of the Foundation’s efforts to power these movements and amplify their work for greater impact.

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