Levines Set A New Standard in Giving
$1 Million Gift Establishes Critical Need Response Fund
Sandra and Leon Levine's $1 million gift to the Critical Need Response Fund from The Leon Levine Foundation inspired donors across the region to contribute an additional $2 million to the effort.
Sandra and Leon Levine are among North Carolina’s leading philanthropists. The Levine Museum of the New South, the Levine Children’s Hospital, the Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus, the Levine-Dickson Hospice House and the Levine Senior Center are just a few examples of the couple’s remarkable contributions to our region.
Leon Levine founded Family Dollar Stores in 1959 and served as Chairman and CEO until his retirement in 2003. The Matthews-based retail chain is now a Fortune 400 company with more than 6,600 stores in 44 states.
Sandra Levine is a volunteer civic leader and has served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, including the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte Country Day School and the Levine Museum of the New South. She has also served as a board commissioner for Carolinas HealthCare System.
Together, Leon and Sandra oversee The Leon Levine Foundation, which has granted millions of dollars to multiple worthy causes since inception, including a $1 million gift in December 2008 to establish a Critical Need Response Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas to shelter, feed, clothe and keep warm Mecklenburg County families in dire circumstances through the winter months of the economic crisis.
Foundation For The Carolinas administered the effort, which was a partnership of The Leon Levine Foundation, Mecklenburg Ministries, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Central Carolinas.
The Levine’s gift set a new standard in support for human services, inspiring residents across the region to give an additional $2 million to the effort. Fifty-two nonprofits throughout the region were enabled to assist thousands of families in crisis – people the Levines may never know but who will be forever grateful for their generosity.