Levi Strauss Foundation: Grants for Girls and Women

OVERVIEW: The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grants largely focus on the rights and protections of textile workers; however, this funder awards grants to support sex workers rights, social justice causes and women’s rights. The majority of grants are connected with 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. Levi’s grantmaking interests include HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being and social justice.

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 girls and women, its tax filings indicate a strong interest in this field.

Levi Strauss Foundation grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $250,000. Past grantees in the women’s empowerment and gender equality space include Women Organized to Respond to Life Threatening Diseases, which received funding for its work reducing stigma and discrimination for women living HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Areas; and Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, which received a grant for its long-term support to grassroots women’s organizations in Mexico. 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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