Max and Anna Levinson Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: Levinson supports NGOs that promote democracy, advocate for nonviolence, protect civil rights, support environmental causes, and develop young leaders.

IP TAKE: The Levinson Foundation is a relatively approachable grantmaker with a keen eye for funding grassroots groups. The foundation does not award many rights-related grants, so grant seekers should expect competition.

PROFILE: The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation is a small, family organization, perhaps best known for its support of environmentally friendly groups in the United States; however, the Santa-Fe, New Mexico-based outfit also features a global reach.

The Levinson foundation's website is not transparent and does not offer information regarding grant guidelines, areas of focus or application dates; however, according to the grantee list that appears at the bottom of their page and in their tax filings, it does appear that the foundation supports some grassroots organizations that benefit local communities. In addition, the foundation's taxes reveal that its grantmaking is competitive and funds a few large, international organizations, which tend to receive the largest grant support packages. 

To ascertain whether the foundation imposes geographic restrictions on its rights-related grantmaking, it is important to contact them directly. It also appears that its grantmaking ranges between $5,000 and $30,000. 

The Levinson Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. Full proposals are accepted by invitation only.


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