Once he sold off his stake in basketball team the Atlanta Hawks, Forbes listed billionaire Bruce Levenson threw his energy into more philanthropic work, particularly at the University of Maryland where his Do Good Institute is changing higher education.
Levenson’s initiative intends to get undergrads at the University of Maryland more invested in volunteering and understanding how charitable organizations work. Through the initiative, he hopes that those interested in developing a philanthropic organization will do so with the business savvy they need to survive.
Bruce Levenson has said that his experience in the world of philanthropy has shown him that the organizations that are successful in meeting their goals were all headed by people with a background in business. By getting business students in the habit of giving back to their communities, Levenson sees an opportunity to get an entire generation of philanthropists started on the right foot.
With seven years operating, Levenson sees the Do Good Institute as a success. As colleges and universities continue to change just how young people interact with campuses and their other students, the Do Good Institute changes the curriculum in a way that introduces new incentives to be engaged. Levenson also sees this as a way to help the business model of higher education be more effective in retaining the attention of young people in a physical sense as digitization changes how they go about attending courses.
Levenson hopes that others will see the initiative as a model to emulate on their own campuses across the country. https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education
About Bruce Levenson:
Bruce Levenson is an American businessman who co-founded the United Communications Group and TechTarget. He was the former owner governor of the Atlanta Hawks.
Outside of his professional capacity, Levenson is a sponsor of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and has served as the President of the I Have a Dream Foundation. Along with his wife Karen, Levenson founded the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.