THE LEVINSON FOUNDATION

The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to charitable giving and social justice. For years, the Foundation has given numerous grants to socially beneficial non-profit organizations. Gordon Levinson is honored to serve as a Foundation Director and is proud to help the Foundation fulfill its mission. Here is a partial list of grants made over the years.

Cancer Hope Foundation

The Levinson Foundation made a $7,000 grant to the Cancer Hope Foundation. The Cancer Hope Foundation works to enhance the lives of people affected by cancer. The Cancer Hope Foundation’s Camp Keepsake is a free camp retreat for cancer patients and survivors and their friends and families. This organization was formed after the founder, Christopher Roos’ close friend passed away from cancer. Although she was surrounded by loved ones during her last days, she was incoherent. Roos founded the Cancer Hope Foundation in hopes of helping other cancer patients enjoy fun and exciting moments with loved ones while still healthy enough to do so. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will aid the Cancer Hope Foundation in developing a summer camp for children.

Coalition on Homelessness

The Levinson Foundation donated $7,500 to the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH). The COH is a social justice promoter that initiates program and policy changes to aid the impoverished. With extensive peer outreach, COH creates connections between the homeless with service providers and community members in outreach and advocacy. The COH works to defend homeless and low-income individuals from attacks on their rights while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness. This donation will support COH’s Outreach Project.

Western Environmental Law Center

The Levinson Foundation has aided in the start-up of the Western Environmental Law Center by donating $8,000 to the non-profit public interest law firm. Western Environmental Law Center provides free or reduced-fee legal services to grassroots and environmental organizations and challenges corporations and government agencies that violate environmental laws. Since its inception in 1993, Western Environmental Law Center has worked with more than 250 organizations helping preserve air and water quality, empower local communities and protect natural resources.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The Levinson Foundation has contributed $5,000 as general support to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in San Diego. MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and support the victims of this horrendous crime. Since its start in 1980, MADD has grown into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. MADD is comprised of all kinds of people including fathers, daughters, sons, uncles, friends, and mothers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Levinson Foundation gave a $2,500 grant to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). LLS is the world’s top volunteer health organization committed to finding a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. To achieve this goal, LLS provides education and patient services and funds blood cancer research. Since 1954, LLS has dedicated more than $600 million in research funding. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will contribute to funding future cancer research.

The San Diego Foundation

The Levinson Foundation contributed $10,000 to The San Diego Foundation. The San Diego Foundation is San Diego’s leading center for charitable giving. It works with philanthropists to develop solutions and meet vital community needs. The San Diego Foundation’s main goal is to make San Diego a better place to live, work and play.

Kav La’Oved

The Levinson Foundation donated $2,500 to Kav La’Oved. Kav La’Oved is a nonprofit organization that protects the rights of disadvantaged laborers employed in Israel. Kav La’Oved is dedicated to principles of democracy, equality and international law concerning human and social rights. Because labor law enforcement has essentially been put on the back burner, Kav La’Oved works to expose employers who violate labor laws ensuring that disadvantaged workers rights are enforced. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will assist Kav La’Oved in its mission.

Oz San Diego-YMCA

The Levinson Foundation donated $850 to the YMCA Youth and Family Services in San Diego (YFS). YFS is dedicated to serving the youth and their families. It provides social services including residential, counseling and school outreach services. One of YMCA’s shelter programs, Oz San Diego, provides temporary shelter and counseling for runaway, homeless, and troubled youth ages 12-17. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will help support Oz San Diego’s residential treatment program.

Casa Esperanza

The Levinson Foundation provided a grant to Casa Esperanza for $3,000. Casa Esperanza, meaning “House of Hope,” is a not-for-profit organization that develops and provides transitional housing for Guatemalan and Salvadorian refugees. Casa Esperanza goes beyond merely supplying living quarters. It provides a home. With The Levinson Foundation’s vital contribution, Casa Esperanza can continue to provide a home for those in need as they transition to a new country to fulfill their American dream.

The Israel Union for Environmental Defense

The Levinson Foundation donated $10,000 to the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED). IUED is regarded as Israel’s most influential environmental organization. IUED staffs lawyers, scientists, university student interns, and other volunteers to combat air and water quality concerns, proper solid waste management, and other environmental issues. IUED has expressed its appreciation to The Levinson Foundation for its generous donation and strives to continue to protect Israel’s environment.

Surfrider Foundation

The Levinson Foundation has given a $12,000 grant to the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps protect our oceans, waves and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education. The Surfrider Foundation, through its community based chapters, conducts coastal water tests to ensure our oceans are free of pollutants and engages compassionate volunteers in clean-up activities. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will help ensure that these important conservation activities carry on so that our community continues to enjoy nature’s breathtaking oceans for generations to come.

American Friends of Tel Aviv University

The Levinson Foundation has given American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) a $2,500 grant. AFTAU is a group committed to serving as a dynamic bridge between the American and Israeli communities. AFTAU nurtures higher education and provides a variety of cultural, social and educational activities. AFTAU works closely with Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, who provides talented students the opportunity to think creatively through the art of music and dance. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will provide a scholarship to a Rubin Academy student enabling that student’s education.

Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

The Levinson Foundation made a $7,000 donation to the Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental, also known as the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA). SPDA is a private, nonprofit organization committed to preserving the environment and all of its essential resources. Its mission is to help society as a whole develop sustainable lifestyles so that many more generations can live healthy lives among nature’s beauty. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will assist SPDA environmental lawyers and scientists plan a retreat.

Association of Israeli-Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights

The Levinson Foundation has made a $5,000 contribution to the Association of Israeli-Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights. The Association is dedicated to fighting for human rights, particularly the right to safe and ethical healthcare. The Association’s activities integrate advocacy and action to change harmful policies and to provide fair healthcare to all residents of Israel and the Occupied Territories. The Levinson Foundation’s contribution will help the Association’s goal of improving Israel’s healthcare system.

Israel Women’s Network

The Levinson Foundation granted $2,000 to Israel Women’s Network (IWN), a nonprofit organization determined to improving the status of women in Israel regardless of political affiliation, religious outlook or ethnic origin. IWN has been leading a social change to achieve equality of opportunity for all Israeli women since 1984. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will help IWN translate publications on domestic violence into Arabic to further help oppressed women beyond Israel’s national borders.

Congregation Beth Am

The Levinson Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to Congregation Beth Am, a San Diego-based temple. Congregation Beth Am is a Conservative synagogue that serves congregants from varied and diverse backgrounds. The Congregation provides a variety of religious services. Additionally, The Beth Am Preschool, The Jewish Learning Center, and The Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning provide educational services for all generations. Lastly, Beth Am’s Youth Department arranges social and educational activities for its active and diverse youth community. The Levinson Foundation’s gift will aid Congregation Beth Am in building a security wall.

Madre/Women’s Peace Network

The Levinson Foundation gave Madre, a women’s peace network, $1,000 as a donation to the organization. Madre is an international women’s human rights organization dedicated to advancing social justice. Madre partners with women from all over the world to meet urgent, local needs and create long-term solutions to problems women face. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will help Madre carry out its ambitious and honorable mission.

Israel Union for Environmental Defense

With its $7,500 grant, The Levinson Law Group has made yet another donation to the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (IUED). IUED is regarded as Israel’s most influential environmental organization. IUED staffs lawyers, scientists, university student interns, and other volunteers to combat air and water quality concerns, proper solid waste management, and other environmental issues. This grant is to assist IUED in hiring of a membership and development director.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

The Levinson Foundation made a grant of $8,000 to the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (eLAW). eLAW was founded in 1989 when public interest lawyers from 10 countries came together to share strategies and legal and scientific information to promote environmental protection more effectively in their communities. Today, over 300 public interest advocates from 70 countries are part of the eLAW network. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will allow electronic access to legal and scientific information to advocates in Africa and Central America.

Choices in Recovery

The Levinson Foundation made a $5,000 donation to Choices in Recovery. Choices in Recovery is a nonprofit, residential and outpatient treatment program for recovery from drug and/or alcohol dependency. Choices in Recovery’s program is designed to assist the individual and his or her family identify their addiction and recover using the 12-Step program and peer-oriented support.

Coalition on Homelessness

The Levinson Foundation has made another general support contribution of $1,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH). The COH is a social justice promoter that initiates program and policy changes to aid the impoverished. With extensive peer outreach, COH creates connections between the homeless with service providers and community members in outreach and advocacy. The COH works to defend homeless and low-income individuals from attacks on their rights while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness.

Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego

The Levinson Foundation contributed $2,500 to the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF). Based in San Diego, JCF partners with individuals and other organizations to help them achieve their charitable goals and to increase support for a secure Jewish community in San Diego, Israel and around the world. JCF is the largest grant maker in San Diego granting more than $530 million to nonprofits to date. The Levinson Foundation’s contribution will go toward JCF’s We Must Remember project.

Western Environmental Law Center

The Levinson Foundation granted $7,000 to the Western Environmental Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm that provides free or reduced-fee legal services to grassroots and environmental organizations. Since its inception in 1993, Western Environmental Law Center has worked with more than 250 organizations helping preserve air and water quality, empower local communities and protect natural resources. This grant will aid Western Environmental Law Center open a Southwest Regional Office.

Coalition on Homelessness

The Levinson Foundation gave another support grant of $5,000 to the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH). The COH is a social justice promoter that initiates program and policy changes to aid the impoverished. With extensive peer outreach, COH creates connections between the homeless with service providers and community members in outreach and advocacy. The COH works to defend homeless and low-income individuals from attacks on their rights while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness. This grant will support COH’s Outreach Project.

Environmental Law Institute

The Levinson Foundation granted $8,000 to the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). ELI is an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center that works to strengthen environmental protection by enforcing and improving the law. ELI provides insightful and impartial analyses to decision makers, including government officials and environmental and business leaders. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will aid ELI in its assistance project to draft Palestinian water law.

Coalition on Homelessness

The Levinson Foundation donated to the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH) another $5,000. The COH is a social justice promoter that initiates program and policy changes to aid the impoverished. With extensive peer outreach, COH creates connections between the homeless with service providers and community members in outreach and advocacy. The COH works to defend homeless and low-income individuals from attacks on their rights while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will go towards COH’s small grants program.

Oz San Diego-YMCA

The Levinson Foundation donated another $850 to the YMCA Youth and Family Services in San Diego (YFS). YFS is dedicated to serving the youth and their families. It provides social services including residential, counseling and school outreach services. One of YMCA’s shelter programs, Oz San Diego, provides temporary shelter and counseling for runaway, homeless, and troubled youth ages 12-17. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will help support Oz San Diego’s counseling services.

Environmental Law Foundation

The Levinson Foundation contributed $1,000 to the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF). ELF works to protect the environment, communities and consumers against harmful toxics. ELF enforces environmental laws, provides a bridge between service providers and people in need, and serves as a critical link between at-risk communities and legal, scientific, and financial resources. The grant will help ELF assist citizen groups in reducing toxics in San Francisco.

Temple Solel

The Levinson Foundation granted $3,500 to Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation in North County San Diego. The synagogue provides many services including a religious and Hebrew school, a men’s club, a women’s club, and four active Youth groups. Temple Solel is committed to maintaining religious, cultural and social activities through its variety of events. The Levinson Foundation’s grant contributed to Temple Solel’s building fund.

Child Advocacy Clinic, University of San Francisco School of Law

The Levinson Foundation donated a $3,000 to the University of San Francisco School of Law to assist in supporting the Child Advocacy Clinic. The Child Advocacy Clinic hosts law students who provide advice and counsel to children-in-need concerning a broad range of legal issues. The University of San Francisco School of Law offers a rigorous education and develops students into skilled and ethical legal professionals.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The Levinson Foundation has donated another $5,000 as general support to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in San Diego. MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and support the victims of this horrendous crime. Since its start in 1980, MADD has grown into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. MADD is comprised of all kinds of people including fathers, daughters, sons, uncles, friends, and mothers.

Temple Solel

The Levinson Foundation donated another $5,000 to Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation in North County San Diego. The synagogue provides many services including a religious and Hebrew school, a men’s club, a women’s club, and four active Youth groups. Temple Solel is committed to maintaining religious, cultural and social activities through its variety of events. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will aid in Temple Solel’s Shabbat programming.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

The Levinson Foundation donated $5,000 to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. The Center is committed to providing social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs to all families irrespective of their age, religion, race, financial ability, and physical and mental abilities. The Center provides sporting activities, afterschool programs, camps and more for its members. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will help support a program for the Center’s preschool.

Congregation Beth Am

The Levinson Foundation has made an additional $5,000 donation to Congregation Beth Am. Congregation Beth Am is a Conservative synagogue in San Diego that serves congregants from varied and diverse backgrounds. The Congregation provides a variety of religious services. Additionally, The Beth Am Preschool, The Jewish Learning Center, and The Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning provide educational services for all generations. Lastly, Beth Am’s Youth Department arranges social and educational activities for its active and diverse youth community. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will help repair Congregation Beth Am’s building.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

The Levinson Foundation dedicated another $5,000 grant to the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center as general support. The Center is committed to providing social, cultural, educational, and recreational programs to all families irrespective of their age, religion, race, financial ability, and physical and mental abilities. The Center provides sporting activities, afterschool programs, camps and more for its members.

Congregation Beth Am

The Levinson Foundation has made an additional $10,000 grant to Congregation Beth Am. Congregation Beth Am is a Conservative synagogue in San Diego that serves congregants from varied and diverse backgrounds. The Congregation provides a variety of religious services. Additionally, The Beth Am Preschool, The Jewish Learning Center, and The Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning provide educational services for all generations. Lastly, Beth Am’s Youth Department arranges social and educational events for its active and diverse youth community. The Levinson Foundation’s grant is for general support.

Temple Solel

The Levinson Foundation granted an additional $5,000 to Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation in North County San Diego. The synagogue provides many services including a religious and Hebrew school, a men’s club, a women’s club, and four active Youth groups. Temple Solel is committed to maintaining religious, cultural and social activities through its variety of events. The Levinson Foundation’s grant assisted Temple Solel in its Shabbat programming.

Encinitas Unified School District

The Levinson Foundation granted $1,000 to the Encinitas Unified School District (EUSD) as general support. EUSD serves the City of Encinitas and a portion of Carlsbad in North San Diego County. EUSD’s schools have consistently been recognized as outstanding schools while serving a diverse and varied community. This is evident by all of the District’s schools being recognized as California Distinguished Schools and La Costa Heights School and Olivenhain Pioneer having been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The Levinson Foundation appreciates the effort and dedication of EUSD in educating and preparing its students for successful futures.

Temple Solel

The Levinson Foundation dedicated an additional $2,500 to Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation in North County San Diego. The synagogue provides many services including a religious and Hebrew school, a men’s club, a women’s club, and four active Youth groups. Temple Solel is committed to maintaining religious, cultural and social activities through its variety of events. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will help support Temple Solel’s Early Childhood Center.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The Levinson Foundation has contributed an additional $7,500 as general support to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in San Diego. MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and support the victims of this horrendous crime. Since its start in 1980, MADD has grown into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. MADD is comprised of all kinds of people including fathers, daughters, sons, uncles, friends, and mothers.

Mission Estancia PTA

The Levinson Foundation granted an additional $5,000 to the Mission Estancia Elementary School PTA for general support. Mission Estancia is a San Diego elementary school that is dedicated to developing self-actualized learners with an enthusiasm for learning. Mission Estancia’s PTA is very active in fundraising and other activities bringing together students, their families, and their teachers.

Congregation Beth Am

The Levinson Foundation has made an additional $2,500 donation to Congregation Beth Am. Congregation Beth Am is a Conservative synagogue in San Diego that serves congregants from varied and diverse backgrounds. The Congregation provides a variety of religious services. Additionally, The Beth Am Preschool, The Jewish Learning Center, and The Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning provide educational services for all generations. Lastly, Beth Am’s Youth Department arranges social and educational activities for its active and diverse youth community. The Levinson Foundation’s donation will contribute to a Holocaust Remembrance Fund.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The Levinson Foundation has donated an additional $2,500 as general support to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in San Diego. MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and support the victims of this horrendous crime. Since its start in 1980, MADD has grown into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. MADD is comprised of all kinds of people including fathers, daughters, sons, uncles, friends, and mothers.

American Cancer Society

The Levinson Foundation granted $500 to the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS is a national, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting cancer through research, education, patient service, advocacy and rehabilitation. ACS’s ambitious goal is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and reducing suffering. ACS also works on an international level by building and developing cancer societies and working with other cancer-related organizations. The Levinson Foundation’s grant will assist ACS in one of its fundraising campaigns.

Mission Estancia PTA

The Levinson Foundation gave an additional $2,500 to the Mission Estancia Elementary School PTA for general support. Mission Estancia is a San Diego elementary school that is dedicated to developing self-actualized learners with an enthusiasm for learning. Mission Estancia’s PTA is very active in fundraising and other activities bringing together students, their families, and their teachers.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

The Levinson Foundation has donated an additional $3,500 as general support to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in San Diego. MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping drunk driving and support the victims of this horrendous crime. Since its start in 1980, MADD has grown into one of the nation’s most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations. MADD is comprised of all kinds of people including fathers, daughters, sons, uncles, friends, and mothers.

Mission Estancia PTA

The Levinson Foundation dedicated an additional $3,000 to the Mission Estancia Elementary School PTA for general support. Mission Estancia is a San Diego elementary school that is dedicated to developing self-actualized learners with an enthusiasm for learning. Mission Estancia’s PTA is very active in fundraising and other activities bringing together students, their families, and their teachers.

Diegueno Middle School

The Levinson Foundation made a $500 donation for general support to Diegueno Middle School of Encinitas, California. Personal growth and student success are integral parts of the Diegueno Middle School philosophy. The School is dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment and fostering open communications, mutual respect, and individual achievement. The Levinson Foundation recognizes that quality education is a vital part of a young person’s life and is happy to support a school with such high standards.

American Cancer Society

The Levinson Foundation granted another $500 to the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS is a national, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting cancer through research, education, patient service, advocacy and rehabilitation. ACS’s ambitious goal is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and reducing suffering. ACS also works on an international level by building and developing cancer societies and working with other cancer-related organizations. The Levinson Foundation’s grant is for ACS’s general support.

Jewish Family Service

The Levinson Foundation granted $500 to the Jewish Family Service to aid it in purchasing family supplies. For almost 100 years, Jewish Family Service has provided comprehensive services to people of all ages and religions. It has over 50 programs including counseling and family support, HIV services, older adult services and parenting and youth services. The Levinson Foundation is proud to have assisted such a compassionate organization that is essential to so many.

Mission Estancia

The Levinson Foundation contributed an additional $3,000 to the Mission Estancia Elementary School for general support. Mission Estancia is a San Diego elementary school that is dedicated to developing self-actualized learners with an enthusiasm for learning. Mission Estancia provides a challenging and nurturing learning environment while encouraging students to value learning and to be successful in school and in life. The Levinson Foundation is pleased to help Mission Estancia because of its commitment to our society’s future, our children.

Diegueno Middle School

The Levinson Foundation made an additional $1,000 donation for general support to Diegueno Middle School of Encinitas, California. Personal growth and student success are integral parts of the Diegueno Middle School philosophy. The School is dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment and fostering open communications, mutual respect, and individual achievement. The Levinson Foundation recognizes that quality education is a vital part of a young person’s life and is happy to support a school with such high standards.

University of San Francisco School of Law

The Levinson Foundation made a $2,000 contribution to the University of San Francisco School of Law. The University of San Francisco School of Law offers a rigorous education and develops students into skilled and ethical legal professionals. The Levinson Foundation’s contribution aided in the organization and development of the 1994-95 Pace National Environmental Moot Court Competition.

University of San Francisco School of Law

The Levinson Foundation has made another $1,000 contribution to the University of San Francisco School of Law. The University of San Francisco School of Law offers a rigorous education and develops students into skilled and ethical legal professionals.

University of San Francisco School of Law

The Levinson Foundation granted $2,500 to the University of San Francisco School of Law. The University of San Francisco School of Law offers a rigorous education and develops students into skilled and ethical legal professionals. The Levinson Foundation’s $2,500 grant will help support student publications.

University of San Francisco School of Law

The Levinson Foundation dedicated an additional $1,000 to the University of San Francisco School of Law. The University of San Francisco School of Law offers a rigorous education and develops students into skilled and ethical legal professionals. The Levinson Foundation’s $1,000 dedication will contribute to a scholarship fund.