Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Levi Strauss Foundation’s human rights grants largely focus on the rights and protections of textile workers. However, this funder awards grants for other rights work as well such as the rights of sex workers, social justice causes, and women’s rights.

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

PROFILE: Established in 1952, the Levi Strauss Foundation was founded as the philanthropic arm of Levi Strauss & Company, the first U.S. corporate donor to fight HIV/AIDS with its donation to San Francisco General Hospital in 1982. Levi's grantmaking interests include HIV/AIDS, asset building, worker rights and well-being, human rights and social justice, and employee engagement.

The foundation seeks to “[advance] human rights and [the] well-being of underserved populations,” that are “touched” by the apparel and textile industry. However, it also provides more broad grantmaking toward women’s rights, sex workers, and social justice causes both in the U.S. and abroad.

Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. Past grantees include the Asia Foundation, which received an award for its program to improve and strengthen garment workers’ access to legal aid in Bangladesh and to improve industrial relations and worker protections and rights in Cambodia. Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha, or SANGRAM, is also past Levi Strauss Foundation grantee. SANGRAM received a grant to support its projects building leadership in the sex worker community in India, fighting against stigma, and advocating for health and human rights of sex workers. For a broader sense of the types of organizations the Levi Strauss Foundation supports, explore its grant list.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding.

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