When it comes to making a difference in the world, what can you really do? The answer has probably been posed and answered by former Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson — many times. Bruce Levenson bought into the Atlanta Hawks over a decade ago and his steady hand helped to guide the team to prosperity (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/11493472/jason-whitlock-bruce-levenson-atlanta-hawks). A couple of years ago Levenson decided to sell his stake in the team in order to move on and re-focus on something that mattered to him: philanthropy. It was this decision that moved him toward his newest work: the Do Good Institute.
The Do Good Institute is an initiative established by the University of Maryland that aims to help create a new generation of philanthropic leaders. The initiative saw $75 million in funding from Bruce and Karen Levenson. The state of Maryland would go to put their own $20 million toward the initiative, thus giving the Do Good Institute a full array of funding at the University of Maryland. Bruce Levenson had sold the Hawks in 2014 and already, just a few years later, his newest initiative looks to be a sure fire success. Let’s dig into the project a little bit and see what all this initiative is about.
The Do Good Institute seeks to transform the University of Maryland into a campus that helps to create and educate future philanthropic leaders of the business world. This is being done at the moment through the first course on the initiative’s plan: Philanthropy 101. As explained on PR Newswire, Philanthropy 101 focuses on giving students a hands on approach to giving back to causes and communities that they care for. The class puts $10,000 into the hands of the students as they are guided through the process of establishing a philanthropic endeavor that is successful, targeted, and of high quality.
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