Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: While not a big global health funder, the Levi Strauss Foundation supports international HIV/AIDS work and addresses related human rights issues in the 40 countries where it markets and manufactures its apparel. 

IP TAKE: Global health organizations can improve their chances of getting Levi Strauss support by emphasizing how their work aligns with the foundation's HIV/AIDS funding priorities.

PROFILE: Established in 1952, the Levi Strauss Foundation is the charitable arm of the iconic denim and apparel company. The foundation funds projects in the about 40 countries in cities where its corporate division operates. Today, the foundation gives global grant funding in three areas: financial asset building for the poor and marginalized, worker's rights, and HIV/AIDS.  

Since it began working on HIV/AIDS issues in 1982, Levi Strauss has focused its work on supporting the most marginalized populations. It does so by addressing stigma and discrimination in laws, policies, and social settings; building advocacy capacity for vulnerable groups affected by HIV/AIDS; and providing direct services (such as prevention, testing, and treatment) for apparel workers. As noted above, the foundation is not strictly interested in the health aspects of the HIV virus, but also wants to improve the social and political infrastructure contributing to and exacerbating the spread of HIV through discrimination, entrenched poverty, lack of services, and human rights violations generally.

Most Levi Strauss HIV/AIDS grants that support work in developing countries tend to go to larger, established organizations, and are generally in the the range of several tens of thousands of dollars. It does not accept unsolicited grant proposals, so grantseekers will have to be proactive in attracting Levi Strauss's attention. 

PEOPLE:

  • Daniel Lee, Executive Director
  • Stan Wong, Senior Program Manager, Asia Pacific Region
  • Merle Lawrence, Senior Manager

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