The pioneer spirit that guides Levi Strauss & Co. is evident in the gutsy foundation it created in 1952. Today, under the leadership of Executive Director Daniel Lee, the Levi Strauss Foundation drives cutting-edge and effective grantmaking for justice, supporting innovative community partnerships and promoting the practice of good corporate citizenship.
Guided by Levi Strauss & Co.’s corporate values of courage, empathy, originality and integrity, the foundation creates programs that improve the lives of disadvantaged people in the areas of HIV/AIDS, asset building, worker rights and well-being, and social justice. In 1982, LSF was the first U.S. corporate foundation to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Today, it devotes a higher percentage of grant dollars to lift up marginalized communities than any other corporate grantmaker.
LSF is one of only a few foundations – corporate or otherwise – that exceeds all the benchmarks of good grantmaking suggested in NCRP’s Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best. It fosters dialogue in the philanthropic sector about best practices through stakeholder convening, conference presentations and regular high-quality contributions in best-practice literature.
NCG congratulates Levi Strauss Foundation Executive Director Daniel Lee and his staff for this well-deserved recognition of their work.
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