The “Do Good Institute” at the University of Maryland (https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education) is developing a major reputation as the leading education resource for individual students looking to learn as much as possible about the not for profit sector and how to engage with the local community. The $75 million “Do Good Institute” was developed with the aid of Bruce Levenson, the co-founder of the United Communications Group and the former owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise who believes a major gap is often seen between the ideas of not for profit professionals and their business education to achieve their dreams.
The inclusion of all members of the University of Maryland community in the work of the “Do Good Institute” is already proving itself a success with the development of initiatives like the on campus Food Recovery Network. The FRN was co-founded by “Do Good Institute” graduate Ben Simon, who has now taken this model to his post college career as the founder of the Imperfect Produce not for profit that offers major discounts on fresh produce that would normally be wasted by the retail industry. Bruce Levenson believes the hands on experience offered by the “Do Good Institute” is the best possible way of developing philanthropists with the education needed to become among the most effective members of the not for profit industry.
Maintaining the base of the UCG business in Gaithersburg, Maryland shows just how important the area appears to be to the work of Bruce Levenson, who has also looked to develop his own not for profit links to the area. Among the aspects of philanthropy that have been based in and around the U.S. capital with the backing of the Levenson family is the U.S. Holocaust Museum; the Levenson family were among the major fundraisers for the U.S. Holocaust Museum that was created in part to honor the life of Bruce Levenson’s Holocaust survivor mother-in-law.