The nonprofit A Child’s Place has received $100,000 in grant funds from The Leon Levine Foundation, which will help meet the group’s mission to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.
The foundation awarded the nonprofit $75,000 in June for general operating funds, and matched a $50,000 nonprofit Board of Director’s fundraising challenge, donating $1 for every $2 the board generated, up to $25,000. Combined, the funding reached a grant of $100,000.
The funds will be used to help the growing number of homeless students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has reported an astounding 4,922 identified homeless students this school year, a 4.5 percent increase from last school year,” Executive Director Annabelle Suddreth said in a news release. “Sadly, this means that homelessness is on the rise. Thanks to The Leon Levine Foundation, we will be able to reach more homeless children and their families that need our services.”
Leon Levine, founder and chairman emeritus of Matthews-based Family Dollar Stores, founded the Leon Levine Foundation in 1980. The foundation is an independent private organization dedicated to improving the human condition and has granted more than $75 million to education, healthcare, Jewish religion and human services agencies.