EIN 82-3445472

Lever Foundation

IRS 501(c) type
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The Lever Foundation seeks to prevent animal suffering and cruelty through promoting health and humane food choices. It actively supports the growth of alternative protein products, including plant-based and clean meat, egg and dairy products produced without live animals. Additionally, it maintains a grant program that provides funding to entities in other countries engaged in farm animal welfare work. Recently, a grant was awarded to an organization in Ireland undertaking similar efforts. The foundation is located in Lancaster, PA.
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Program areas at Lever Foundation

Lever Foundation worked with major food companies to inspire and help them remove the worst forms of animal cruelty from their supply chain, with a particular focus on helping companies commit to ending the use of battery cages (or other cage confinement of egg-laying hens) in their supply chain. Lever Foundation focused its efforts on achieving these policy changes in the greater China region and throughout Asia generally. Note: expenses are a rounded approximation, as many program expenses span more than one program area.
Lever Foundation maintains a grant program in which restricted donations made to the Foundation are granted to entities in other countries doing work to advance farm animal welfare. In 2022, a grant was provided to an entity in Ireland that was engages in farm animal protection and promotion of plant-based eating. This entity's mission and programs share the charitable mission of Lever Foundation of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting humane and sustainable food choices. Note: expenses are a rounded approximation, as many program expenses span more than one program area.
Lever Foundation worked to grow the alternative protein space (plant-based meat, egg and dairy products, and "clean" meat, egg and dairy products that are produced from cellular agriculture or fermentation without the need for live animals) by assisting entrepreneurs with starting companies in the space, helping startups secure investment funding, and directing more investor interest and investment dollars to the alternative protein space. Lever Foundation also worked with major food companies to promote adding more alternative protein options. Lever Foundation focused its efforts on growing the alternative protein space in the greater China region. Because of the nature of this work, it is hard to estimate a specific number of animals that will benefit from work done in this area by Lever Foundation in 2020. Note: expenses are a rounded approximation, as many program expenses span more than one program area.

Who funds Lever Foundation

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Lever Foundation Growth FundGiven To Supported Organization To Further Their Mission.$125,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$90,000
Food System InnovationsGeneral Support$50,000
...and 1 more grant received

Personnel at Lever Foundation

Nick CooneyExecutive Director$0

Financials for Lever Foundation

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,352,717
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$179,384
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$2,532,101

Form 990s for Lever Foundation

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-10-30990View PDF
2021-122022-11-05990View PDF
2020-122021-11-13990View PDF
2019-122022-01-03990View PDF
2018-122019-12-17990View PDF
...and 1 more Form 990

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Data update history
January 23, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 23, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 1 new personnel
December 30, 2023
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $125,000 from Lever Foundation Growth Fund
November 25, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 29, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsAnimal organizationsAnimal sheltersHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Operates internationallyTax deductible donationsNo full-time employees
General information
PO Box 715
Lancaster, PA 17603
Metro area
Lancaster, PA
Website URL
(717) 584-1805
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D20: Animal Protection and Welfare
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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