Michael J. and Patricia Levitt Family Charitable Foundation: New York Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder gives to education and animal welfare causes often in the New York City metropolitan area. It also has a scholarship program that provides college tuition to low- and mid-income students.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, animal welfare

IP TAKE: Animal shelters and pet rescue groups are of particular interest to this funder. Get in touch with a local program to ask for a grant from $1,000 to $10,000.

PROFILE: The Michael J. and Patricia Levitt Family Charitable Foundation is based in Marlton, New Jersey, about an hour and a half southwest of New York City. However, a significant portion of this funder’s grantmaking is focused on NYC. The Levitts run The Michaels Organization, which aims to create high-quality and well-managed housing.

Levitt typically gives to education and animal welfare causes. It has given to local groups dedicated to saving shelter animals in recent years. Past grantees include many dog and cat rescue groups, such as Animal Haven and Puppies Behind Bars, in New York City. Groups in Pennsylvania and New Jersey also see Levitt’s support. These grants are typically between $1,000 and $10,000 each.

However, the Levitt Family Charitable Foundation also gives college tuition scholarships to low-and mid-income students. Eligible students are typically required to have at least a 2.0 GPA; grants are paid directly to the college, applied toward payment of tuition for one year. There are no submission deadlines.

Elementary, secondary, higher, and university education are all of interest to this funder. The Levitt couple also established The Michaels Organization Educational Foundation in 1991 to administer educational scholarship programs. On occasion, this funder has also given to human services causes. The Levitts have been known to give to medical causes too, such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

In a recent year, the funder gave $363,610 in educational scholarships, $156,000 to pet-related charities, and $102,750 for other nonprofit causes. At the end of that year, the funder claimed $7,592 in assets and $622,360 in total giving.

The foundation does not have a website to spell out its grantamaking guidelines for local nonprofits. However, they can be reached at the following address: 3 E. Stow Rd., Ste. 100, P.O. Box 994, Marlton, NJ, 08053-3188. You can get in touch with the foundation by phone at 856-596-0500.

A recent 990 form names four foundation officials: Michael Levitt as president, treasurer and chairman of the board; Patricia Levitt as executive vice president and secretary; Andrew Bocchino as vice president and assistant secretary; and Paul Chan as trustee. Susan Langley serves as the administrator of TheMichaelsOrg.com and the Levitt Family Charitable Foundation.


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