After Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson sold the Atlanta Hawks in 2014 he went into the non-profit sector. He was responsible for seeding the funding for the Do Good Institute located at the University of Maryland, reports Benzinga.com.
The institute is trying to expose undergraduate students to non-profit organizations and volunteering. They are hoping to create future leaders in this area by teaching the business skills required for success. The program is seeing an excellent response.
Bruce Levenson along with his wife Karen brought the idea to the University. They seeded the initiative with $75 million and the state of Maryland added another $20 million. The first class was Philanthropy 101 and became an instant success.
The mission of the Do Good Institute is to inform every student so they will give back and in the training of future nonprofit leaders. The program launched in 2010 and is attracting students interested in community service. One of the previous students was Ben Simon who was one of the founders of the Food Recovery Network.
Levenson believes if people use their time and ingenuity they can accomplish incredible things. He feels this will become contagious and help build higher education. He sees numerous alternatives for the future and hopes the other campuses will follow suit.
Bruce Levenson is an entrepreneur and has built numerous successful businesses. His interests are varied and include cooking, professional sports and business intelligence. He was one of the founders of United Communications Group. They provide energy, healthcare, software, defense, technology and banking solutions
Levenson is also a partner in GasBuddy. This is a mobile application more than 45 million motorists have used to find more affordable gasoline. In addition he founded DOT. This is a new technology that along with many other components can toast bread in three seconds. He has been a philanthropist for more than forty years.