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 “[d]emocratic, just, and equitable society.” The foundation supports a wide range of causes under its current programs of Ancient World, Arts and Humanities, Nature and Gardens, Neuroscience, Human Rights and Jewish Culture. The foundation's Human Rights program supports “[a]dvocacy and the protection of the right to political freedom, humane treatment, and free speech.” It is quite selective in its grantmaking, 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.

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