A hands-on philanthropist, Liz is Board President of her family’s foundation, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national creative place-making funder that uses the power of free live music to strengthen the social fabric of our nation. Her crowning achievement has been the nurturing of the Levitt Foundation’s partnerships with communities across the country—an outgrowth of her parents’ belief in her leadership skills. Liz played a pivotal role in launching the foundation’s evolution as a venture philanthropy funder and spearheaded its professionalization centered on core values of E.D.I. (equity, diversity, and inclusion). Since 2003 Levitt programs have grown from two communities to 41 towns and cities from coast to coast activating underused outdoor spaces for curated series of professional music performances. In 2023 over 600 free Levitt concerts will bring together people of all ages and backgrounds, bringing joy to hundreds of thousands and enriching community life.
Another of Liz’s cherished commitments has been Everybody Dance LA!, which similarly nurtures community through its children. A longtime balletomane, Liz was a founding board member of Center Dance Arts when she learned of an organization dedicated to high-quality dance education to under-resourced students. Recognizing the value of this mission, Liz began contributing to Everybody Dance LA! and is now its longest supporter.
The mission behind Everybody Dance LA touches me to the core. Dance arts elevate confidence, create a sense of belonging, and improve academic achievement. Low-cost access to outstanding dance instruction in the heart of our city’s most economically challenged community inspires my ongoing support of Everybody Dance LA!
— Liz Levitt Hirsch
Beyond her work for the Levitt Foundation, Liz has a distinguished history of involvement with charitable organizations, serving on numerous nonprofit boards and supporting organizations that foster social justice and access to the arts.
Liz has served on the boards of The Joffrey Ballet and Dance Camera West, reflecting her lifelong passion for dance. She also served on the board of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and is a current board member of My Friend’s Place (formerly Hollywood Arts where Liz was a founding board member). On behalf of these organizations, Liz chaired benefit events, hosted gatherings and provided strategic direction to ensure their long-term viability
Some of Liz’s recognitions include: The Founders Award from Liberty Hill Foundation; Honorary Citizen Award from the City of Memphis; recipient of the Ruby McKnight Williams Award from the NAACP (Pasadena chapter); Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council; Finalist for the Vanguard Award presented by Western Arts Alliance; and Finalist for Philanthropist of the Year by Association of Fundraising Professionals, Los Angeles. She has also received awards from the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Gabriella Foundation and The Joyce Theater in New York.