At the University of Maryland, there is a new initiative that is designed to encourage undergraduate students at the school to volunteer and to build up and educate the future leaders of nonprofits. The Do Good Institute, which was conceived, funded, and launched by Bruce Levenson, has been met with a tremendous response by students at the university.
When working with the leaders of many nonprofits over the years, Bruce Levenson said that many of them were fantastic people. However, most weren’t able to accomplish the missions of the nonprofits they led because they lacked the necessary business skills. The Do Good Institute goal is to change this so that the leaders of nonprofits in the future can more ably lead their nonprofit to success and thereby help communities around the country and the world.
The institute has already had success in the real world. A graduate of the university, Ben Simon, founded Imperfect Produce. This nonprofit gives people access to produce, at a deep discount, that is a bit less than picture perfect. Talking about this, Levenson said that the Do Good Institute is showing how people can use their time and ingenuity to change the world.
Bruce Levenson spent his career in the media, starting as a writer for the Washington Star and Observer Publishing. He also co-founded UCG which provides business specific news to other companies so that they can be increasingly competitive in their industries.
Levenson is also a former owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team. The ownership group that he led was able to successfully sell the team in April 2015 for a Forbes reported $730 million.