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The Leon Levine Foundation


Last profile update: 10/12/2017
Last grant data update: 05/06/2018

At A Glance

The Leon Levine Foundation

6000 Fairview Rd., Ste. 1525

Charlotte, NC United States 28210-2212

Telephone: (704) 817-6500


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Established in 1981 in NC - Founded by Leon Levine, the founder of the Family Dollar chain of discount stores. Levine created the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, North Carolina, with only a $6,000 investment, which represented all of his assets. When he retired as Chairman and C.E.O., the chain had grown to over 4600 stores with $1.1 billion in revenue. He started the foundation with a modest sum of money and felt it important to continually give back to the community that had helped him become so successful.

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to improve and advance the human condition in four major areas: Education, Healthcare, Jewish Values, and Human Services. The foundation exists to support individuals and institutions seeking to accomplish the following: 1) Supporting quality healthcare, improving access to healthcare, and investing in impactful research and treatment; 2) Strengthening birth-12th grade public education and providing post-secondary scholarship access for disadvantaged and motivated individuals; 3) Building Jewish identity and strengthening Jewish Communities; 4) Helping motivated individuals and families to attain self-sufficiency by addressing personal crisis, affordable housing, and sustainable income; 5) Responding to other emerging issues which could have a significant impact on society. .