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"The reality of being able to change a life is to me
utterly profound. My life's work has been richly
blessed, and I am grateful for those who have
contributed to that success...family, mentors,
colleagues, employees. Encouraging and supporting
young people, providing the means to ignite the
sparks within them, is at once humbling and joyful.
Knowing these students will have bright and hopeful
futures rekindles the sparks in me... as it will for each
of you who contribute to the Kindle a Spark
||MARTIN D. LEVINE
(August 9, 1948 -
October 7, 2003)
Founder, Kindle A
Martin (Marty) D. Levine (1948 - 2003) founded Kindle A Spark Education Foundation in 2003. Prior to that, he had made his first donation to the scholarship fund of the Pennington School, a private secondary school in Pennington, New Jersey. As a result of this rewarding experience, he established the Kindle A Spark Education Foundation dedicated to providing young people from disadvantaged, diverse backgrounds with scholarships to private secondary schools.
Marty's decision to start the Foundation was really an extension of his entrepreneurial career. In 1974, Marty founded Market Source Corporation, a leading marketing services company that helped large corporations market to college students nationwide through a variety of services such as on-campus product sampling, media, events and promotions. He spent about twenty-nine years as CEO of his own business.
When Marty created the Foundation, he had reached a point in his life where philanthropy was a high priority, as he wanted to use his resources to support youth in need. Starting an education focused non-profit was a natural choice for Marty, as he had always placed a premium on education.
Marty passed away in October of 2003, after a courageous struggle against brain cancer and Parkinson's disease for almost two years.
Today, his family is working in his honor toward the goal of developing a $100 million endowment for the foundation.