Giving Back Never Goes Out of Style: Levi Strauss Foundation Responds to Issues Affecting Marginalized and Disenfranchised Communities

Apr 30, 2020 11:45 AM ET

The Levi Strauss Foundation is the corporate foundation of Levi Strauss & Co., one of the world's largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The Foundation’s philanthropic work is grounded in the company's values of originality, integrity, empathy and courage. Their mission is to advance the human rights and well-being of under-served people around the globe in places where Levi Strauss & Co. has a business presence.

The Foundation embraces the energy and events of our time by supporting community partners who work on the front lines of social change in issues of HIV/AIDS, social justice and the rights and well-being of apparel works. Since its inception in 1952, the Foundation has invested over $340 million in supporting marginalized populations through long-term partnerships and responsive general support grants to grassroots organizations.

Through CyberGrants, the Levi Strauss Foundation is able to save time, streamline communication and expedite disbursements for its grantees. CyberGrants Disbursements Solutions allows for a more-efficient approach - reducing the administrative overhead for both the Foundation and the community partners they work with. This means more than 97% of their philanthropy dollars are available to the NPOs to devote to their causes. The funds flow is predictable, but the flexibility remains so the Foundation can pivot when need arises and funds must be disbursed with urgency. “The CyberGrants team is a true partner, and their system facilitates our ability to respond strategically, getting funds to those who are most vulnerable in the moment”, says Sarah Negron, Finance and Grants Coordinator at Levi Strauss Foundation.

This year the Levi Strauss Foundation is responding to two issues affecting the most marginalized and disenfranchised communities: voter access and COVID-19.

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