Empowering People.
Investing in Communities.

Strengthening partnerships that make the Carolinas thrive.

Creating pathways to self-sufficiency, championing strategies for permanent change, and facilitating opportunities for growth.

Established in 1980, and now with over $500 million in assets, the Foundation supports nonprofits in North and South Carolina that specialize in education, healthcare, human services, and Jewish values.

Our Mission

Grant Opportunities

The Leon Levine Foundation seeks to build partnerships with nonprofits by awarding general operating grants, program specific grants, and capital campaign support. If you are an eligible grantee who fits within our geographic footprint and mission areas, please submit a letter of inquiry. If you are a current grantee, please log in to our portal by clicking “For Grantees” at the top of this webpage.

How to Apply

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we're immensely proud of our Foundation professionals for their contributions to TLLF's grantmaking work. Their commitment and vision are unparalleled. ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you know? ~40,000 Durham County households are cost-burdened, meaning housing accounts for more than 30% of their expenses. Habitat for Humanity of Durham provides low-income, working-poor families with safe, decent, affordable housing solutions. They focus on new home construction with “sweat equity” from the buying families and critical home repairs that help homeowners avoid displacement. So proud to fund this work in the Triangle of NC. ... See MoreSee Less

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In NC, one in five youths under the age of 18 lives in poverty. Through its statewide coordination and direct service delivery, Communities In Schools of North Carolina supports over 121,000 students and 249 K-12 schools. The organization provides essential resources to students and families that help youth achieve in school, reach graduation, develop post-graduation plans, and contribute to society. Communities In Schools also extends resources and services to 18 independent affiliates across the state. We're so honored to support this work. 🍎👩🏽‍🎓👨🏽‍🏫 ... See MoreSee Less

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Learn about our legacy.

Leon Levine, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, Inc., continues to devote his time and resources to making The Leon Levine Foundation one of the region’s largest and most impactful grantmaking entities.

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