Former Atlanta Hawks boss Bruce Levenson has in the last few years been heavily involved in the world of nonprofit organizations. Together with his wife Karen, Bruce Levenson helped found the Do Good Institute in 2010. The initiative is helping reshape the higher education curriculum by encouraging undergraduate students at the University of Maryland to get more involved in philanthropic activities. The objective is to create a generation of outstanding leaders with the skills to compete with their counterparts in the private sector. Since its inception, the program has been a hit among students in the campus.
According PR News, one of the missions of the Do Good Institute is to transform the whole campus into a Do Good campus so that any student who graduates will be properly informed and have the motivation to give back. The second mission is to create the next generation of exceptional nonprofit leaders. Students who enroll in the program will have the option to major in the field starting from the fall of 2017.
Do Good Institute’s achievements have been phenomenal. Some of the students who went through the program are now running nonprofit organizations that are transforming the world. Ben Simon is one of them. He is the co-founder of Food Recovery Network (FRN), an initiative that aims at reducing waste on campus. After going through the Do Good Institute program, Simon founded Imperfect Produce, an initiative designed to reduce the 6 billion pounds of produce that go to waste annually.
Bruce Levenson is a graduate of Washington University. He also attended American University where he took law. At one point, he worked with the Washington star as a journalist. Today, he lives with his wife in Atlanta and Potomac. The couple has three children.