OVERVIEW: The Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation focuses some of its grantmaking on the Los Angeles area. The charity is steered by finance couple, Lauren Leichtman and Arthur Levine. One area of interest is supporting education.
FUNDING AREAS: Education, Health & Human Services, Arts & Culture, Jewish Causes
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low-profile and does not provide clear grant guidelines for grantseekers.
PROFILE: In 1984, Arthur Levine and his wife Lauren Leichtman cofounded Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, an independent investment firm that invests in middle market companies. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles, which also serves as an important site of philanthropy for the couple.
The couple move their philanthropy through the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation, a low-profile charitable vehicle that gave away around $1 million in a recent fiscal year. Through their foundation, the couple supports education in Los Angeles. The couple has helped fund Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a network of public charter high schools and middle schools in the L.A. area. A few years ago, Levine and Leichtman gave a $1 million pledge to Southwestern Law School to create the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund. Leichtman is a trustee of her alma mater. Lavine has also supported his alma mater, UCLA. Another grantee in this area includes the CSUN Foundation.
The couple also supports health and human services through their foundation. Grantees have included Aviva Family & Children's Services, Maple Counseling Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and Friends & Helpers Foundation, whose goal is to "provide support, education and encouragement for domestic abuse victims who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety."
Levine and Leichtman also earmark funds for Jewish causes and the arts in Los Angeles through their foundation. They've supported places like Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and LA Opera. The couple has directed funds to Beverly Hills, Community Charitable Foundation, as well.
Many of the foundation's grants are under $50,000, but have gone as high as $250,000 recently. Information about the foundation is mostly ascertained from tax records. Recent records indicate an address where applications can be directed. Specific guidelines, though, are hard to come by.
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The Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Family Foundation does not provide clear grant guidelines. A recent tax form, though, indicates that applications should be addressed to the following:
355 N. Maple Dr., #240
Beverly Hills, CA 90120