Levi Strauss Foundation Advised Fund of JCIE
Levi Strauss & Co. has long been recognized in the United States for its extremely active corporate philanthropy program, which provides support not only for various causes in the United States but also in countries worldwide where it has offices and factories. A prime example of this has been Levi Strauss Japan, which actively promotes the volunteer work of its employees and provides grants for the work of Japanese NGOs.
In 1997, JCIE joined forces with Levi Strauss & Co. to undertake what was at the time an innovative new form of corporate-NGO partnership known as the Donor Advised Fund. Under this arrangement, the Levi Strauss Foundation provided a grant to JCIE, which in turn served as an intermediary organization, redistributing the funds to NGOs in Japan according to guidelines set by the Levi Strauss Foundation. The Fund provided a unique opportunity for the nonprofit sector in Japan. It supported the institution building of organizations in their initial stages; permitted flexibility in managing and financing groups' activities by providing funds at the start of the project; and enabled organizations to respond to emerging issues not yet well recognized in the community.
The fund was intended to support community efforts to generate positive change in society. A total of $1,128,600 in grants was given to 133 Japanese nonprofit organizations working in fields of HIV/AIDS and social justice in the seven years from 1997 to 2004.