The University of Maryland has always been looking to create educational innovations and has recently worked with major donor Bruce Levenson to develop a new school that is dedicated to bringing about a change in the way not for profit groups are led in the future. Levenson has become a major figure in the not for profit community over the course of his career as a business leader and the head of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, which he sold in 2015 to Forbes listed billionaire technology executive Tony Ressler; Levenson has not only looked to back aspects of philanthropy and not for profit groups, but has also sought to help develop the philanthropic leaders of tomorrow through the “Do Good Institute” at the University of Maryland.
According to PR News, the aim of the “Do Good Institute” is to reach out to students at all levels at the University of Maryland from undergraduate level up and attempt to expose young people to the benefits and success that can be had by engaging in not for profit and volunteer groups. Bruce Levenson believes more could be done by not for profit leaders if they had the basic business and philanthropic skills to add to the passion most philanthropists have for the causes they are backing.
Bruce Levenson has spent a large amount of his own money and time exploring ways of making sure the heritage of his own Jewish roots, which he believes includes keeping the memory of the World War II Holocaust alive through the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The native of Washington D.C. went so far as to bring the members of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks) to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in a bid to make sure the latest generation of fans have some awareness of the events that took place at that time.