Bruce Levenson used to be a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks until he sold the team in 2014. He was looking to support a good cause in order to put to use the money he earned from the sale. Over the course of his career, he has worked with the leadership of a large number of nonprofits. Something that he recognized was that, while they were passionate about their causes, by and large the don’t have the business skills that are needed to in order to successfully execute their missions. Bruce decided to do something about this state of affairs and took his idea to the University of Maryland.
The University of Maryland is now home to the Do Good Insitute. This institute, which Bruce Levenson and his wife seeded with $75 million, is designed to provide the nonprofit leadership of the future with the education and skill necessary to effectively run one and achieve good in the world. The program has seen a huge positive response from the students at the university and has already led to a number of new nonprofits opened by students who have taken part in the institute.
Bruce Levenson started out his career as a writer at a few newspapers. He went on to co-found United Communications Group and served as a Partner at the firm. In 1977 Bruce founded Atlanta Spirit, LLC, which became part of the ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks. According to ESPN, the NBA team was sold to another ownership group for $730 million that was led by billionaire Tony Ressler.
Over the years, Bruce has been a leader at a number of organizations. He is a Director at TechTarget, Inc. He has also served the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association on its Board of Directors, and he is the President of the “I Have a Dream Foundation”. Visit his website: brucelevenson.com