The in Washington, D.C., has announced a $25 million gift from investor and real estate developer William Levine.
The largest gift in the museum's history will be used to advance Holocaust education in the United States and abroad and expand and diversify the museum’s audiences, with a special focus on youth. In recognition of the gift, the museum's will be renamed the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education.
Levine, a founder of Outdoor Systems, the largest outdoor advertiser in North America, attended the and and has a law degree from . In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him to the museum's governing council, and he has since served as a member of its executive committee and chaired its finance committee. He currently co-chairs the museum's $540 million fundraising campaign and is a member of its academic committee.
"The Holocaust is receding in time and yet its lessons have never been more relevant and urgent than they are today as we witness rising anti-Semitism, hatred, and extremism," said museum director Sara Bloomfield. "Complacency is not an option, and thanks to Bill Levine's leadership and generosity, we can tackle the future with a very ambitious vision of reaching a global audience. This is not only a gift to the museum. It is a gift to the future and the new generations that will benefit from the timeless lessons the Levine Institute will teach."