Bruce Levenson’s support of the Do Good Institute has enhanced the success of the non-profit initiative. The Do Good Institute was established by the University of Maryland to bring change to the higher education. The campaign is aimed at encouraging undergraduate students at the University and other universities to support philanthropic causes by exposing them to the world of non-profit and volunteering. It is hoped that such exposures would help in creating the next wave of non-profit business leaders. Levenson embarked on supporting the campaign right after selling Atlanta Hawks.
In an interview with ESPN, Levenson noted that many organizations have failed to achieve their mission because the people who led them did not possess the needed skills to see them succeed. His involvement with the Do Good Institute hopes to change this scenario by providing young students with adequate exposure.
Levenson and his wife seeded the $75 million initiative. The University of Maryland, who came up with the idea, contributed $20 million towards the noble cause. The first group of students to benefit from the Institute was Philanthropy 101. Do Good Institute provided every student with $10,000 to donate to a cause of their choice. News on the event went viral both inside and outside the university.
The program has proven to be successful as seen from the works of former students who participated in the same. For instance, Ben Simon went ahead to co-found the Food Recovery Network (FRN). The organization operates under the DO Good Institute umbrella. Its core goal is waste-prevention. Notably, students at the campus run the movement.
About Bruce Levenson
Bruce Levenson (brucelevenson.com) is an investor and philanthropist. The former owner of the Atlanta Hawks is a founding member of tech target. He also sits on the company’s board of directors. Bruce has engaged in various charitable undertakings. The shrewd entrepreneur is affiliated with many charitable organizations such as I Have a Dream Foundation, the US Holocaust Museum, and Seeds of Peace. Levenson lives in Potomac, Maryland.