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Bruce Levenson: The Do Good Institute’s Angel

Something good has happened to the structure of higher education. The Do Good Institute is higher education’s answer to the private sector’s incubator of start-up non-profit businesses, with the outstanding financial support of Bruce Levenson.

Mr. Bruce Levenson has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University and a J.D. from American University. He has associated himself with United Communications Group (UGC) as its co-founder and Partner. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association and has published articles for both the Washington Star and Observer Publishing. He is a Director of TechTarget, Inc. Mr. Levenson has an ownership interest in the Atlanta Spirit, LLC, which according to ESPN bought sports franchises and owned and operated sports arenas.

As the President of the “I Have a Dream Foundation,” Mr. Levenson ensured that disadvantaged students referred to as “Dreamers,” who live in housing projects and participate in schools that lack resources, receive financial support from elementary school through college.

The University of Maryland’s initiative, The Do Good Institute, is exceptional in higher education. The Institute seeks undergraduate students and to introduce them to the non-profit experience. The purpose of the Institute is to train those students to be in the vanguard of the non-profit businesses and to be as competitive, if not more so, as those in the private sector. The program has had an extraordinary response.

Mr. Levenson and his wife, Karen, provided the initiative with $75 million. The State of Maryland gave an additional $20 million. Philanthropy 101 was the first class offered to the undergraduate students. In the lab for the course, the students were given $10,000. Their responsibility was to decide who would receive these funds.

Bruce Levenson ( has devoted himself to give back to society for the opportunities society has given him.