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the levin family foundation board of directorsThe Levin Family Foundation is a not-for-profit philanthropic organization in Dayton Ohio run by the descendants of founder Sam Levin.

Our Mission

For the first five years after Sam Levin's passing, the Sam Levin Trust was administered by an attorney and two family members -- all three very busy businessmen. Funds were dispensed to needy causes but there was no clear mission in mind because sam had left no plans for the execution of the trust.

In the late 1990's, Karen Levin, Ryan Levin's mother, took the Sam Levin Trust to a new level of professionalism and accountability. Karen introduced the idea of the Levin Family Foundation to involve more Levin family members and create an opportunity for the Levin family to become more philanthropically aware.

karen levin - executive director of the levin family foundationKaren Levin was elected the executive director of the new Levin Family Foundation. Under her direction, the foundation was run more like a business, using external advisors as resources for topics such as ethics, policies & procedures, and strategic planning. A mission statement was created, providing guidance to put the funds to best use and achieve the goals of the foundation.

Today, the Levin Family Foundation grants approximately $1 million each year for Jewish and non-Jewish causes alike that have merit and meet the goals of the foundation.

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remember these dayton landmarks created by sam levin?

  • sherwood twin drive-in
  • cook theater
  • kon tiki theater
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