Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Levi Strauss Foundation seeks organizations that advance the rights and well-being of apparel workers in regions of the world in which Levi’s products are made. 

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. It was also the first U.S. corporate donor to combat HIV/AIDS through a donation to San Francisco General Hospital in 1982. The foundation supports “advances in human rights and well-being of underserved populations,” that are “touched” by the apparel and textile industry. Around 68 percent of the world’s apparel workers are women and around 45 percent of people working in the textile industry are women.

Levi’s grantmaking interests include HIV/AIDS, asset building, worker rights and well-being, human rights and social justice, and employee engagement.

Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. The foundation takes a broad approach to women-related grantmaking in order to better adapt to women and girl’s needs. Past grantees range from La Cocina’s work to help low-income women start and expand their food businesses to Mercado Global’s work, which combats poverty and seeks to empower indigenous women living in Guatemala’s highlands. 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 requests for funding.


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