Maryland businessman, NBA team owner lends hand in causes close to heart

Bruce Levenson may be best recognized for his relationship with the National Basketball Association as a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. What some may not be aware of is that Levenson has also proven himself as an accomplished business leader who uses his influence to support causes that have had some impact on his own life.

One way Levenson has done so is through his role as a founding donor to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., which has welcomed more than 36 million visitors since its dedication in 1993. Bruce Levenson also contributes to the “Bringing the Lessons Home” program at the museum, which aims to educate inner city youths about all that the Holocaust taught society. These efforts are meaningful to Levenson in part because his mother-in-law, Irene Boyarsky, is a Holocaust survivor. In March of 2014 Levenson made headlines when he, his wife Karen and her mother brought the entire Hawks team along for a tour of the museum, at which time Boyarsky detailed her own experiences.

Levenson has lent a hand to many other charitable organizations as well. He has issued substantial donations to Seeds of Peace, which strives to improve relationships among young people from conflicting countries in the hopes of advancing peace around the world, and the SEED Foundation, which offers a boarding school education for disadvantaged students. Levenson has also been active woth groups such as the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C., the Hoop Dreams Foundation as well as the I Have a Dream Foundation. In 2010, he and his wife led in the establishment of a program at the University of Maryland designed to teach college students the ins and outs of philanthropy and running nonprofit organizations.

After growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bruce Levenson began his post secondary studies at Washington University in St. Louis and went on to finish law school through night courses offered at American University. During this time Levenson launched a career in journalism, spending his days reporting for the Washington Star.

In 1977, Levenson co-founded United Communications Group (UCG) in a small space within the building that housed his father’s liquor store. With the help of his partner, UCG co-founder Ed Peskowitz, the two published a newsletter covering the oil industry. In the years since its beginnings UCG expanded in size and scope, distributing information in fields such as health care, telecommunications, and mortgage banking.

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