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

From day one, our Founder has invested with passion and purpose. The beginnings of Family Dollar are interwoven with the beginnings of TLLF - as seen in this piece from Tom Hanchett and Charlotte magazine. Learn more about the entrepreneurial vision that gave Leon Levine his start: https://www.charlottemagazine.com/building-history-plaza-midwoods-fertile-storefront/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Ourbridge kids serves the immigrant and refugee population of Charlotte and has worked diligently throughout the pandemic to address food insecurity within its community. What started as Sil Ganzó, executive director of ourBridge, picking up meals from a CMS distribution site and driving to these families’ neighborhoods, developed into a full-fledged meal delivery program with Sil’s team behind the wheel. To date, ourBridge has delivered more than 134,000 meals and connected families with mental health resources and academic supports. ourBridge has also adapted its programming model to provide a safe space for students engaging in remote learning. We’re proud to partner with this organization as it meets social-emotional needs and furthers academic gains! #ComingBackStronger #Covid19 ... See MoreSee Less

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In New Hanover County Schools, 50% of children qualify for the National Free & Reduced School Lunch Program, and 1 in 5 are considered food insecure. Many of these children rely on school meals and struggle with hunger over the weekend and extended school breaks. Nourishnc is the only agency in this area that specializes in alleviating and eliminating food insecurity for children.

TLLF's Sara Fedyna shared one way the organization has pivoted to better serve the community during COVID-19. #ComingBackStronger
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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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