Levenson is the successful former owner of the Atlanta Hawks. He bought into the team almost a decade ago before leading them to the peak of the Eastern Conference (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks). Levenson sold the team in 2014 and decided to completely change up his economic focus. Levenson is now focusing on what he calls the ‘Do Good Institute’. The Do Good Institute is an initiative that focuses on creating a campus where future business leaders can work on their philanthropic ideals. In short, the Do Good Institute is seeking to help make leaders who are interested in giving back to the community.
The Do Good Institute is an initiative that was launched out of the University of Maryland. The initiative took $75 million in seed money from Bruce Levenson and his wife, Karen, while Maryland itself donated an additional $20 million. The initiative itself has opened to a ton of success thanks to an enthusiastic student body and a slam dunk of a first course, Philanthropy 101. This first course serves as an introduction into the way entrepreneurs can approach philanthropy. Along with learning the ins and outs of philanthropy students will also be tasked with distributing $10,000 to the charity and causes that they believe in. The experience is textured, informative, and invigorating for those interesting in becoming entrepreneurs in the future who also are interested in giving back to the community.
In a report by PR News, the University of Maryland is quickly becoming one of the key places for philanthropists to grow their knowledge and become more passionate and ingrained into the concept. Bruce Levenson is using the University of Maryland as his testing grounds for what will surely spread to other campuses in the country.
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