Leon Lowenstein Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW:  The Leon Lowenstein Foundation has supported education through a variety of initiatives including research, science education, and the creation of widely accessible digital materials.

IP TAKE: The Leon Lowenstein Foundation supports K-12 education through a variety of large-scale, university-based initiatives. Its grantees include research institutes, science education programs and the creation of digitally accessible course materials.

PROFILE: The Leon Lowenstein Foundation was founded in 1941 by Leon Lowenstein, a former chairman of M. Lowenstein & Sons, a major American textile company in the 20th century. Based in New York City, the foundation aims to “support organizations that provide transformational solutions to some of our most challenging issues in order to leave the world a better place for future generations.” Its funding initiatives include education, health and the environment.  

The Leon Lowenstein Foundation does not articulate specific grantmaking priorities for its education funding. It has supported Openstax, a nonprofit initiative at Rice University that creates affordable digital education materials, and the Young Scientist Program at Washington University in St. Louis, which seeks to expose minority and disadvantaged children to experimental science. The foundation also supports the Washington D.C. based Strategic Education Research Partnership, a multi-university collaborative venture that aims to solve problems of curriculum, instruction and assessment through research and intervention in public school districts across the U.S. 

The Leon Lowenstein Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be made through the contact page on its website.


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            Leon Lowenstein Foundation

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