Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for Crime and Violence

OVERVIEW: The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grants in this space largely focus on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV/AIDS.

IP TAKE: This funder typically awards grants for project specific support rather than those for general operating support.

PROFILE: The Levi Strauss Foundation was established as the philanthropic arm of Levi Strauss & Company in 1952 and was the first U.S. corporate donor to fight HIV/AIDS with its donation to San Francisco General Hospital in 1982. The foundation supports “[a]dvances in human rights and well-being of underserved people in place where Levi Strauss & Company has a business presence.” While the foundation does not have a grantmaking program specifically dedicated to anti-crime and violence causes, its tax filings indicate an interest in this field. Levi’s grantmaking interests include HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being and social justice.

Levi Strauss Foundation grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. Past grantees in the anti-crime and violence space include Callisto, which received a grant related to its work with women’s human rights and sexual violence; and St. James Infirmary in support of its work addressing HIV/AIDS discrimination and violence as well as advancing the rights of sex workers in San Francisco, California. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the Levi Strauss Foundation supports, explore its grant list.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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