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.

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Today, we're spotlighting Common Wealth Charlotte CWCLT for its work in the financial education space. CWCLT empowers clients by helping them refinance predatory loans, providing emergency financial assistance, and offering second-chance access to credit with pre-paid interest.

In FY20, CWCLT made 670 income gap loans to low-income families impacted by COVID-19. This emergency funding totaled more than $500,000.

CWCLT also launched its Generation2080 initiative, a unique 2-year program that helps people establish financial mobility and save $2,080. The program includes mentorship and exclusive financial literacy workshops. CWCLT is accepting applications for its next Generation 2080 cohort through April 30th. Learn more by visiting their website: https://www.commonwealthcharlotte.org/what-we-do/generation2080/
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Grameen America serves entrepreneurial women who live in poverty by providing resources for their business ventures and championing their financial mobility. Throughout COVID-19, all Grameen America branches adopted a virtual model to continue service delivery.

The organization, which serves 52,000 women, has a thriving microloan program and has sustained operations by offering digital loan repayment and disbursement options. Grameen America also facilitates virtual teleconference meetings that enable women to network, receive training, and grow as professionals.

We loved this quote from Andrea Jung, Grameen America's President and CEO. Thanks for saving seats at the table for our communities' visionaries!
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In honor of #WorldHealthDay, we've collaborated with the North Carolina Association of Free & Charitable Clinics to bring you a story about telehealth's role in keeping clinic doors "open" during COVID-19. Check it out now by visiting our website: https://www.leonlevinefoundation.org/statewide-telehealth-implementation/ ... 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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