Philanthropic 50: Bruce and Karen Levenson

The businessman and former co-owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks donated $75 million to start the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, aimed at instilling “a culture of philanthropy university-wide.” Each year, students award $10,000 to the nonprofit group they judge to have performed best. But the Levensons are heavily involved in other philanthropic initiatives in the metropolitan area. Bruce Levenson, co-founder of United Communications Group, is Washington chairman of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation, sits on the board of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, is heavily invested in the Holocaust Memorial Museum and supports other Jewish causes. And that’s just a partial list.

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