The Leichtag Foundation, headed by Jim Farley (LNC ’09), has been a significant and generous supporter of Leadership North County since 2009. Max "Lee" Leichtag and his wife, Andre “Toni” Leichtag, founded the Leichtag Family Foundation in 1991. The Leichtag Foundation focuses its philanthropy on combating poverty and increasing self-sufficiency for residents of coastal North County; supporting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life in coastal North County; strengthening education about the Holocaust and its modern-day lessons for tolerance, understanding, and civility; stimulating renewal, service, and social activism in Jerusalem, Israel; and building strong connections and relationships between San Diego and Israel. From the Foundation’s inception in 1991 through March 2012, Leichtag Family Foundation and Leichtag Family Trust grants total more than $65 million to projects and programs in North County, San Diego, Jerusalem, and around the world.
Support from the Leichtag Foundation has enabled many non-profit professionals to participate in the program, providing these individuals a voice on issues that had previously been absent at LNC. The Foundation’s participation has also greatly enhanced the learning of students from the corporate sector.
As a result of this successful endeavor, the Leichtag Foundation recently awarded Leadership North County a three-year, $36,000 grant. Each year, for three years, $10,000 will provide partial scholarships to LNC participants who could not otherwise afford it. Another $2,000 each year will allow LNC classes to attend the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the curriculum. The meaningful Museum experience, aligned with the philosophy of the Leichtag Foundation, provides ideas for promoting understanding and social justice.