Leon Levy Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Leon Levy Foundation supports human rights projects related to the protection of legal freedoms, freedom of speech, blind justice, and international legal standards.

IP TAKE: While Levy has a big endowment and a keen interest in human rights, it gives a very limited number of grants every year in this area.

PROFILE: The Leon Levy Foundation was established with a Wall Street fortune in 2004, and reflects its founder’s deep interest in promoting a “democratic, just, and equitable society.” The foundation supports a wide range of causes, including human rights. The foundation's Human Rights program is quite selective, with support mainly going to a few, top organizations. Groups that have received money in recent years include the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights First. 

Grants are made by invitation, mostly to organizations in or near New York. It does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry.


  • Shelby White, Trustee
  • Robert Goldrich, President and CFO
  • Meredith Ross, Grants Manger and Manager of Special Projects