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The Leichtag Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-04-15

At A Glance

The Leichtag Foundation

441 Saxony Rd.

Encinitas, CA United States 92024-2725

Telephone: (760) 929-1090


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $133,988,278

Total giving: $10,743,751






Established in 1991 in CA

Purpose and Activities

The foundation strives to alleviate human hardship, advance self-sufficiency, and promote tolerance and understanding, reflecting the Leichtags' pride in their Jewish heritage.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Strategic Area 1

Building self-sufficiency through giving people the tools and services they need in order to break the cycle of poverty.This area will focus primarily on: 1) Programs that promote financial self-sufficiency in San Diego’s North County Coastal region; 2) Advocacy for the needs of elderly and children broadly across the San Diego region. Advocacy raises public awareness, leverages other funding and may address systemic issues. Advocacy does not include direct services; 3) Through its Expedited Grants Program, the foundation will consider grants of $50,000 and under to support initiatives addressing basic needs with a special emphasis on food programs.

Strategic Area 2

Promoting and building a vibrant Jewish life and infrastructure in San Diego's North County Coastal region. This area will focus primarily on: 1) Obtaining a better understanding of the needs, views and interests of the North County Coastal Jewish community through population study, community engagement and community building activities; 2) Jewish cultural and educational programs in the region; 3) Diverse opportunities for Jewish involvement at CSU San Marcos and North County community colleges; and 4) Outreach to young professionals, young families and other target groups in the region.

Strategic Area 3

Building connections between San Diego and Israel through aligned values, shared interests and positive messages. This area will primarily focus on: 1) Support of broader discourse, knowledge and well-informed understanding about Israel and Israeli culture on local university campuses; 2) Promoting positive messages about Israel throughout the community; 3) Facilitation of professional and cultural relationships, partnerships and exchanges between foundation grantees and aligned organizations in San Diego with similarly-focused organizations in Jerusalem.

Strategic Area 4

Supporting renewal and addressing social and economic gaps in Jerusalem. This area will primarily focus on: 1) Retention of young people in the city through strategic investments in programs that promote quality of life including arts and culture, social entrepreneurship, service, and affordable housing; 2) Workforce development and appropriate job placement for Ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities.

Fields of Interest

  • Foundations
  • Human services
  • Nonprofits
International Interests
  • Israel
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Jewish people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Independent foundations
  • Judaic institutions
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $133,988,278 (market value)

Gifts received: $6,018

Expenditures: $16,046,872

Total giving: $10,743,751

Qualifying distributions: $12,336,498

Giving activities include:

$10,743,751 for 152 grants (high: $1,900,000; low: $100)

$1,302,905 for 1 foundation-administered program