Bruce Levenson has enjoyed a successful business career as the founder of the United Communications Group and as the former owner of the Atlanta Hawks* NBA franchise, see forbes.com*, but his philanthropic work often seems to have left the native of Washington D.C. frustrated in his attempts to give back to various community groups. Levenson established the $75 million “Do Good Institute” at the University of Maryland in a bid to make sure members of the philanthropic community were given the highest level of business education to match the passion these individuals showed as community leaders; Bruce Levenson himself explained his own path had crossed many passionate individuals who could have achieved much more if they had a greater level of business understanding.
The man who co-founded the United Communications Group in a spare room in 1977 is looking to take the template for the “Do Good Institute” to other schools across the U.S. in a bid to develop the next generation of not for profit leaders and philanthropists. Success came quickly for the “Do Good Institute” when Philanthropy 101 was first offered in 2010 and $10,000 was provided for students to donate to good causes of their choice as part of what became the first step in developing the Philanthropy major at the University of Maryland.See, https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education.
Looking back at the career of Bruce Levenson shows just how successful the former journalist for “The Washington Star” has been at identifying the next innovations in technology and society. Levenson took UCG from a single oil industry newsletter to one of the largest real time information suppliers in the world; identifying technology also allowed Levenson the opportunity to develop further business models from the innovations created for UCG, including the Gas Buddy app and the TechTarget company that have both proven major successes for the Maryland based business leader.