The philanthropic work begins in 1959 with the creation of the School by the Colombian businessman Guillermo Ponce de León Paris.
The current Levapan Foundation has its origins in 1959 when the Colombian entrepreneur Guillermo Ponce de León Paris created the Levapan School in Tuluá Colombia. Since he founded the Levapan S.A. National Yeast Company, his desire was to create a school for the less favored classes, especially for children marginalized by the violence lived in Colombia, and convinced of the importance of education for individual and collective well-being.
In the middle of 1959 the population of scarce economic resources and children of employees were selected and this dream was started with the first 35 students at the Levapan School. Despite the era of national political violence that had just ended, special importance was given to education, to which the Founder of Levapan was no stranger, giving rise to the school in a city especially hit by violence and in which the indicators of educational coverage were inferior to national.
In 2009, with 50 years of history, the School became Guillermo Ponce de León Educational Foundation as a more independent educational project to benefit children and grandchildren of the Levapan Plant workers, and a significant number of children from neighboring neighborhoods, in an exceptional new infrastructure with a curriculum extended to 11th grade and Bilingual.
In 2019 the shareholders of Levapan decided to redefine the Foundational strategy. For this, they start from the history of the School, from the identification of local needs and opportunities, and from an alignment of these with national and global priorities. They identify their own capacities and multisectoral allies, to meet the needs, maintaining Education as a strategic axis recognizing, as the Founder, a national and local context in the process of overcoming violence, and the contribution of inclusive education, the formation of values, decisive for individual and collective well-being.