Max and Anna Levinson Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: This Santa Fe-based family foundation supports a number of progressive causes, such as restorative justice for youth, new energy solutions, and the environment, through which it supports "oceans and forests."

IP TAKE: Levinson supports the protection of bodies of water, particularly as it relates to energy resource extraction. The foundation also tends to support projects in the West. It is inclined to work with indigenous communities.

PROFILE: The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation is a small, Santa Fe-based family foundation that was founded in 1955. It distributes about a half a million dollars in grants annually. It identifies itself as a Jewish foundation and, as a result, devotes a third of its grantmaking to programs for Jewish culture and Israel. Of the remaining two thirds, one is grants for the environment. Unfortunately, while the foundation maintains a website, information is limited and does not parse program specifics or grantee information. 

Since much of Levinson’s grantmaking supports themes of social justice, peace and civil rights, its environmental grants are no exception. Levinson's environmental grants support environmental issues as they related to poor or disadvantaged communities. For instance, the foundation prioritizes climate change and reduction in fossil-fuel usage. 

Levinson's marine conservation emphasizes river basins and the threat of pollution from industry and extraction. For instance, it granted an award to WildEarth Guardians for a campaign to stop coal mining pollution in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. Another campaign involved working with Hopi farmers and elders to again protect water supplies from coal mining pollution. Levinson supported Earthroots to work with indigenous communities to protect their water supplies. In the past, the foundation has also supported Arizona Rivers in a campaign to protect the San Pedro River, a biologically rich area threatened by population growth. 

While Levinson's website offers little information, its tax filings reflect several patterns. For one, Levinson is interested in projects that work with indigenous communities to prevent pollution from encroaching industry. It also has a tendency to support projects in the American West and often prioritizes its home state New Mexico.

Grants through this funder are generally capped at $30,000. The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation only accepts proposals by invitation. 


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