In his 80s, Lawrence C. Leeds Jr. is chairman of Buckingham Capital Management, an investment management firm in New York City. Leeds and his wife, Dalia, are active in the civic life of the Big Apple and Leeds serves on such boards as Prep For Prep, FIT Foundation, Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, and NYU Langone Medical Center. The couple established the Leeds Family Foundation in 1999, through which they move their charitable contributions. Some of the couple's philanthropy is animated by their late son Cary Leeds, a tennis star at Yale, who went on to six U.S. Open and five Wimbledon tennis tournaments. Cary passed away in 2003, and the Leeds have since honored him through their philanthropy.
The family helped endow the Cary Leeds Head Coach for Men’s Tennis at Yale. More recently, the couple has been laser-focused on helping bring about the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning at the New York Junior Tennis & Learning Center. Located in the Bronx, the center brings together youth sports and academic enrichment and is part of the New York Junior Tennis and Learning, which provides programs for students from around the city. The Leeds family contributed at least $3 million to the center, which opened in 2015.
Apart from this work, the couple has also supported youth in New York City by funding outfits such as Literacy Partners, which "empowers parents through education," and Prep For Prep, whose aim is to develop "leaders of color through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities." Leeds and Dalia have also been steady bankrollers of FIT Foundation, which received a grant of some $101,000 in a recent fiscal year. The FIT Foundation supports the Fashion Institute of Technology. The couple, through their foundation, also recently gave a $200,000 grant to NYU.
The couple also earmarks sums for health and human services in New York City. Past grantees include Alzheimers Drug Discovery , NYU Langone Medical Center, 92nd Street Y, and Henry Street Settlement, a "social service agency in the Lower East Side neighborhood."
Leeds and Dalia have also supported New York City arts outfits such as Carnegie Hall Society, Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Met, MoMa, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. They've also funded Jewish outfits such as UJA Federation of New York, and American Friends of Israel Museum.