African Americans have a long tradition of giving through churches, bridge clubs and fraternal organizations. Uplifting Change is about harnessing the philanthropic power of the Black community and leveraging those resources to solve problems. This is a critical time for the African American community: One in every four African Americans in Los Angeles lives below the poverty line. One in every three African American children in L.A. lives in poverty. Uplifting Change is helping African Americans recognize their potential to strengthen the community through philanthropy.
Uplifting Change was created in 2009 to grow African Americans’ tradition of giving and to inspire current and new philanthropic leaders in Los Angeles to support social justice. Liberty Hill has done groundbreaking work in L.A.'s African American communities: Over the last 39 years, Liberty Hill has invested more than $41 million in community organizing at the frontlines of change in Los Angeles. Early investments include some of South Los Angeles’ most important community organizing and advocacy groups such as; FAME Renaissance, Community Coalition, and SCOPE. Currently Black Women for Wellness, The Black Worker Center, L.A. Community Action Network, and other organizations serving Los Angeles’ African American community are being strengthened by Liberty Hill grants and training.
Liberty Hill's Uplifting Change has inspired hundreds of people at its annual luncheon, which convenes African American donor-activists interested in investing in new solutions, strong leaders and effective organizations.
Read about the 2015 Uplifting Change Luncheon
Check out this Facebook album of photos from 2015's Uplifting Change and this photo album of highlights from previous Uplifting Change luncheons, salons, and summits.