Thanks to the vision of UCG chairman Bruce Levenson and his wife, college students are being trained as tomorrow’s young non-profit entrepreneurs. The Levensons donated $75 million to the University of Maryland to begin the Do Good Institute, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education. The University of Maryland provided an additional $20 million for the program. The mission of the Do Good Institute is to train and motivate students by exposing them to the world of non-profits and volunteering. As a result of the success of the Do Good Institute, the University of Maryland is the first to offer its students a Public Policy Major.
Bruce Levenson, along with the other co-owners of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team sold the team for a Forbes reported $850 million to a group led by billionaire businessman Antony Ressler. After selling the team, Levenson became more involved in the non-profit sector. He discovered there were great non-profit organizations that were unable to complete their mission because their leaders did not have the business skills to be successful. The hope is that this next generation of entrepreneurs will be able to compete against their counterparts in the private-sector.
The Do Good Institute is credited with producing young entrepreneurs like Ben Simon, who co-founded the Food Recovery Network (FRN). Simon also started a program called Imperfect Produce. In that program, less than perfect produce that won’t sell in the stores is made available to consumers at a discount.
Some of the other philanthropic organizations Levenson has participated in include the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C. and the Hoop Dreams Foundation. He also previously served as president of the Washington chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which helps low-income children pursue higher education.