The “Do Good Institute” Shows Community Leadership Cannot Be Learned Online

When Bruce Levenson and his wife Karen made the decision to fund the “Do Good Institute” at the University of Maryland the aim was to help develop the next generation of not for profit leaders who would aid the local community in Maryland in completing even more aspects of community involvement. Bruce Levenson has seen such a high level of success achieved at the “Do Good Institute” he is now looking to extend the reach of the programs offered on campus as he feels this is the best way of learning about philanthropy.

In an interview ( about his fundraising and leadership role at the “Do Good Institute”, Bruce Levenson explained the idea behind the institute does not lend itself to Online learning possibilities; instead, Levenson is looking to establish a not for profit community that will bring together from every area of the University of Maryland campus. Despite his understanding of the Online learning environment, Bruce Levenson believes the chance to take part in not for profit giving and philanthropic programs is best experienced in person. Levenson points to the Philanthropy 101 program where the decisions made about providing funding for groups involves choosing how $10,000 will be provided for philanthropic groups as part of a class that has grown in popularity and made the “Do Good Institute” a success on the campus of an educational institution.

Bruce Levenson is best known to the people of the world as the UCG chairman and former owner of the Atlanta Hawks, an NBA franchise that allowed Levenson to show his skills as a business expert and philanthropist. According to, success came to the Hawks on the court during his ownership period that lasted from 2004 to 2015, and included many major philanthropic programs that included Levenson’s participation in the I Have a Dream Foundation and the Community Foundation of Washington D.C.