Do Good Institute: Incubating Non-Profit Leaders

One of the fundamental challenges faced by many non-profit and volunteer organizations is finding qualified individuals to take up the mantle of leadership. This is despite the fact that volunteering and non-profit activities play a critical role in ensuring that essential products and services reach the needy especially in cases where the government and its […]

One of the fundamental challenges faced by many non-profit and volunteer organizations is finding qualified individuals to take up the mantle of leadership. This is despite the fact that volunteering and non-profit activities play a critical role in ensuring that essential products and services reach the needy especially in cases where the government and its agencies are incapacitated. To overcome this challenge, a two-pronged ideology was hatched with the view of incubating the next generation of non-profit leaders. This led to the founding of the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland through a seeding funding approach.

According to benzinga.com, the programs will aim at assimilating the Do Good concept into the campus culture with the view of creating individuals with a philanthropic heart. This includes giving learners up to $10,000 to donate to a charity or cause of their choosing. Additionally, the program aims at turning the campus into a conveyor belt for future leaders in the nonprofit sector. The program will be funded through donations by former Atlanta Hawks owner, Bruce Levenson and his wife who seeded $75 million while Maryland State seeded an additional $20 million. While the program has already gained traction with the campus, some alumni of the campus are have successfully implemented the ideals of the Do Good initiative.

Bruce Levenson: A Business Mogul

A law graduate at American University, Bruce Levenson is a serial entrepreneur who began his corporate career as a journalist at the Washington Star. In 1977, he co-founded the publishing company United Communication Group with interests in various sectors including energy, technology and mortgage banking among others. He later co-founded TechTarget, an affiliate of United Communication Group. In 2004, he bought the Atlanta Hawks through partnership with several businessmen but retained the majority shares in the franchise. After close to a decade, he sold the franchise including its stadium for over $800 million, reveals Forbes.com. Mr. Levenson has actively participated in the management of his business holding management positions in all of them. https://www.nsf.gov/staff/staff_bio.jsp?lan=blevenso