Do Good Institute, originally known as the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership was started by former NBA owner Bruce Levenson and his wife Karen. Levenson has had a passion for sports and young people and now he wants to tap into that passion even further by helping young people learn about the fundamentals of philanthropy. According to Benzinga, Do Good Institute is about helping young entrepreneurs take the ideas they cultivate for businesses and also use them to help volunteer and charity organizations take off. Levenson’s drive for this has come from knowing some non-profit groups that had good ideas but didn’t have the leaders in place to help them succeed.
Bruce Levenson himself has been a leader in business both as an NBA owner and the founder of a private company, United Communications Group (UCG). Levenson founded this company while starting his career in journalism and also attending law school, though he decided becoming a lawyer was not for him. He and Ed Peskowitz published their own journal using their own printing equipment kept in a storage unit above Levenson’s father’s liquor store. UCG soon exploded into a dynamic market news and research company covering industries from banking, biotech, oil and energy and advanced computer technology. UCG also previously owned TechTarget and is also the founding company of Gas Buddy.
Bruce Levenson has always been a basketball enthusiast and in 2004 he was approved to purchase most of the shares in the Atlanta Hawks. Levenson co-owned the team with Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment for about 12 years selling it to Tony Ressler’s group in 2015, reports Forbes. Levenson also served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Washington D.C. and “I Have a Dream” Foundation for several years and is also an executive at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. He even took the Atlanta Hawks’ players to the museum just a couple years ago to hear his mother-in-law speak of her experience in the horrific event.