Liberty Hill Foundation, a public foundation based in Santa Monica, this year donated $2.75 million in grants to emerging grassroots organizations that seek to combat poverty and injustice.

“Our grants fund change, not charity,” said Torie Osborn, Liberty Hill executive director. “Because without change, we will always need charity.”

For nearly 30 years, Liberty Hill has partnered with fledgling grassroots organizations, Osborn said. A Liberty Hill grant is often the first grant a new organization receives.

Such “seed funding” helps those organizations become a “well-established and influential community organization,” Osborn said.

Since 1976, Liberty Hill has contributed $25 million to grassroots organizations in Los Angeles County.

Past recipients include organizations that sought to amend California’s “three strikes” law, fought to prevent Wal-Mart from opening a superstore in Inglewood and helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants who graduated from high school and want to attend state universities.

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