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

Did you know? January is National Mentoring Month. 🤝 The Leon Levine Foundation is privileged to work with 30+ best-in-class nonprofits from around the Carolinas that provide mentoring for young people. These organizations use data-driven programs to place caring adults in the lives of children, teens, and/or college students.

Positive role models with social capital can help transform the trajectory of our youth. And we need you! Find opportunities to get involved by checking out some of the nonprofits tagged here.

UrbanPromise Charlotte, Kids On Point, Crosby Scholars, Carolina Youth Coalition, Emily Krzyzewski Center, Greater Steps Scholars, formerly known as CHASF, Year Up, Communities In Schools-Charlotte, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry, Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte, Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County, Charlotte Freedom School Partners, Right Moves for Youth
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At TLLF, we believe in the power of visionary leadership and a strategic plan. 📋 We talked to Sara Tick, CEO of Jewish Family Services of Greater Charleston, to learn more about her organization's growth during a year that challenged nonprofits everywhere. Check out Sara's advice for embracing change + sticking to a plan: https://www.leonlevinefoundation.org/staying-the-course-in-uncharted-territory/ ... See MoreSee Less

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On behalf of Team Levine, happy #MLKDay. May the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. live on in our collective commitment to equity, kindness, & justice. ... 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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