A Foundation that Fits

Howard Epstein & Gregg Levine

Did You Know?

A donor-advised fund allows you to support any 501(c)3 organization in the United States.

Shaping the Community

Dr. Howard Epstein and Gregg Levine’s impact on the Greater Cleveland community can be felt in so many ways—maybe it’s the hundreds of patients who see Dr. Epstein, a rheumatologist, at the Cleveland Clinic’s Beachwood location. Or the thousands of visitors and participants at Gay Games 9, a 2014 landmark global event in Cleveland at which Levine volunteered his marketing expertise. Perhaps it’s the many local organizations who have benefitted from Epstein and Levine’s charitable giving over the years. One thing is for certain: this couple gives back to help shape the community they love.

Epstein and Levine, together for more than 30 years, believe that charitable giving matters. “We both grew up seeing generosity within our families at a young age,” Levine said. “We learned the importance of giving back. Now, we have been blessed to be able to do so and we care passionately for this community.”

In addition to their philanthropy, Dr. Epstein is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, an organization that provides charitable transportation to medical patients experiencing hardship. He received the 2013 Ohio Pilot of the Year award for his work flying in-need patients from home to the hospitals best suited to treat them, ensuring that no patient is denied access to distant specialized medical care.

Epstein and Levine connected with the Cleveland Foundation after Gay Games 9, presented by the foundation, drew 8,000 athletes from 50 countries and 48 states to Cleveland. Levine, who spent 33 years in sales and marketing with BP, volunteered on the executive committee to ensure the Games went off without a hitch. “The Gay Games meant a lot to both of us personally, and we believe it wouldn’t have been the resounding success it was if not for the early support of the Cleveland Foundation, both financially and also through its people,” Levine said.

A Foundation Fund

“We have been amazingly impressed by the Cleveland Foundation’s commitment to diversity and how welcoming they were to us,” Epstein said. The Howard Epstein and Gregg Levine Philanthropic Fund was set up in 2014, and since then, they have used their fund to support more than a dozen local and national organizations working on a range of causes, including, theater, arts education, and the Jewish and LGBT communities.

“It couldn’t be easier and more rewarding to make grants to virtually any nonprofit, anywhere in the United States. The foundation works seamlessly, offers good guidance about community needs, and stewards our fund to yield very favorable interest, which means we’ll be able to give back even more,” Epstein said.

The fund offers a way for Epstein and Levine to easily unite their charitable dollars and make decisions together. They continue to make contributions to grow the size and scope of their fund, which allows them to address community needs as they arise.

Epstein and Levine married in November 2015, and in lieu of gifts, guests at the wedding were encouraged to donate to their family fund at the foundation.

“Cleveland is becoming a very diverse and welcoming city for the LGBT community. We have appreciated living here for many years, and we look forward to helping improve the quality of life for all living in Cleveland, now and in the future,” Epstein said.

Together, Epstein and Levine have done just that—their generosity has made life better for Clevelanders now, and for generations to come.

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Gregg Levine and Dr. Howard Epstein at home with their dog, “Flyer.”