Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Levi Strauss Foundation’s LGBTQ grants are often connected to human rights and 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 places where Levi Strauss & Company has a business presence.” While the foundation does not have a grantmaking program specifically dedicated to LGBTQ causes, its tax filings indicate a strong 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 LGBTQ grantees include the Transgender Law Center, which received funding for its leadership development and advocacy of transgender women living with HIV/AIDS living in the United States; and the Equality Foundation of Georgia, which received a grant for its advocacy and leadership development of black gay men in the United States. 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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