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Levi Strauss Foundation Donates $1M in Effort to Protect At-Risk Communities

Levi’s continues to make a positive difference in the world, by announcing that the Levi Strauss Foundation will give $1 million in grants to help organizations that help to protect civil liberties in areas in need across the world.

The organizations help immigrants, refugees, the transgender community and religious minorities maintain their civil liberties. Specifically, the money goes towards education, advocacy, legal support and mobilization to protect people’s rights.

“Now more than ever, we need the business community to be a positive force for social change in this country and the world,” said Daniel Lee, Levi Strauss Foundation executive director. “Discrimination and stigma are anathema to our core values. This belief comes from our founder Levi Strauss—who was an immigrant himself—and still rings true today. America is at its best when everyone is given the opportunity to pursue their fullest potential, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or religious preference.”

This donation represents just a facet of Levi’s contribution to the world over the last year, including CEO Chip Bergh speaking out on immigration ban.

“We live in a moment that only comes along once every few generations, where we are called to do more for each other and for progress,” said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-director of Caring Across Generations, and one of the foundation’s grantees. “The Levi Strauss Foundation’s grant is an example of the type of act of leadership needed to preserve and protect what we hold dear in our democracy, and engage the millions of people who want to do something positive, toward progress.”