From a successful businessperson to a philanthropist, Bruce Levenson is trying to make the world a better place. In a report by Forbes, the former owner of Atlanta Hawks has come up with a simple, yet ingenious way of spreading awareness of giving back to the society through his new initiative; Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland.
This initiative is something new in the higher education world. The aim is to reach out to the undergraduates of the University of Maryland and introduce as well as expose them to the world of volunteering and non-profit business, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education. This initiative will help to create a more non-profit business, leaders, equipping them with skills so that they can compete with their private sector counterparts. Levenson and his wife Karen seeded $75 million to this cause, which Levenson labeled it as the only solution to the labor market that lacks enough business skills. The state of Maryland also made a contribution of $20 million.
The first class; Philanthropy 101partcipants were each given $10,000 to contribute to any cause of their choosing. This action fueled curiosity and has managed to attract more participants.
The initiative that launched in 2010, it has been gaining more attention and has led to the availability of this field as a major. It has a mission divided into two; transforming the institution into a Do Good center with each student graduating encouraged participating in actions of giving back, to train and create the next wave of non-profit business leaders.
The initiative has also managed to register a success story in the name of Ben Simon, a former student and head of Food Recovery Network aimed at reducing the production waste.
Bruce Levenson is an American businessman and a philanthropist. He was the owner of the Atlanta Hawks, which is an NBA team, before selling it off.
The 67 years old was born in Washington and attended Washington University in St. Louis. Later on, attended American University and graduated from law school. Back in 1977, he and Ed Peskowitz co-founded United Communication Group (UCG). The pair, later on, formed Atlanta Hawks LLC, and they are the majority shareholders. He is also a founding board member of TechTarget and served as an advisor for BIA Digital Partners.