Thursday, October 18, 2012

Inaugural Emerging Leader Award in Philanthropy Presented to Vincent Jones of Liberty Hill Foundation

Deputy Director of Common Agenda of Liberty Hill Foundation Receives Award at National Conference on Children, Youth, and Family Grantmaking

EL PASO, Texas -- Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF) has announced that Vincent Jones is the recipient of the 2012 Emerging Leader Award in Philanthropy for Children, Youth, and Families.

The Emerging Leader Award is a new award that GCYF will give annually in recognition of exemplary performance, significant contributions, and the potential for leadership and continuing service in children, youth, and family philanthropy by grantmaking staff, trustees and donors under 40 years of age or with less than seven years of full-time experience in philanthropy. Jones is deputy director of common agenda and senior program officer of Liberty Hill Foundation, a Los Angeles community foundation with a mission to identify, invest in and empower community leaders at the frontlines of change in order to advance social justice.  “Vincent Jones is one of philanthropy's rising stars,” said Stephanie McGencey, Ph.D., MPH, executive director of GCYF.  “His fresh ideas, problem-solving skills, and immense ability to communicate with, organize and empower diverse constituencies have made--and promise to continue making--a significant impact on the lives of children, youth, and families in his community.”

At Liberty Hill, Jones has brought a unique approach to Brothers, Sons, Selves, a campaign aimed at reducing the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on boys and young men of color.  He manages and co-created the campaign in partnership and collaboration with The California Endowment, other foundations, a group of eight Los Angeles community-based organizations, and a dozen additional advocacy, research and media organizations.

Jones also developed a vision for and leads implementation of Uplifting Change, a Liberty Hill initiative that uniquely addresses the challenges facing black children, youth, and families.  The initiative empowers philanthropists in the black Los Angeles community with tools, resources and networking opportunities to build their organizational capacity and identify new solutions and leaders, in order to increase their impact on social justice.  Under Jones' leadership of the initiative, Liberty Hill's grantmaking to black-led organizations doubled the first year and has been sustained at that level, and the increased investment has implications for positive, long-term outcomes for black children, youth, and families.  Jones also led Liberty Hill's realignment of its strategy to advance LGBTQ justice and equality, following the passage of Proposition 8 in California.

Additionally, Jones currently serves on the boards of the National Teen Leadership Program (NTLP), co-chairs Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, and is a member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. He previously co-chaired the NTLP board and was executive director of the Center for Health Justice.

The national award was presented to Jones at the GCYF 27th annual national convening, the 2012 Annual Conference on Investing in Promising Futures for All, that took place last week in El Paso, Texas.

About Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families: GCYF, a membership association of grantmaking institutions, promotes effective grantmaking that integrates research, policy and practice to bring about systemic change for children, youth, and families.  Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, GCYF supports a nationwide network of more than 500 private, corporate, community and family foundations, which fund programs in early childhood, youth development and family support. For more information, visit

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