Bruce Levenson decided to give back to the community once he ended his ownership stint with the Atlanta Hawks, see Forbes’ article. What he did was team up with the University of Maryland to form the Do Good Institute. The Do Good Institute has an appropriate name because its functions revolve around doing good for several entities. In a report by Benzinga, the Institute’s missions can greatly benefit the environment, the economy and people who need assistance. This project was the first project that someone developed for the sole purposes of creating volunteer leaders.
The people who enter this program receive training on how to become non-profit creators, leaders and mentors. Many of the students who join the program come out of it and start giving back straightaway. Ben Simon, for example, graduated and developed the Food Recovery Network, an organization that eliminates waste by giving people the opportunity to purchase foods at a tremendous discount.
The program works by searching for grocery products that the stores consider as waste and then offering those products to people who want to purchase them at huge discounts. The food in question contains items that a grocery store may consider as not quite expired but not quite good enough to keep on the shelves. Waste numbers drop drastically through these processes.
Bruce Levenson has always had a huge interest in joining projects that “do good” for people. He has laid the foundation for companies such as TechTarget, which is a company that assists others with information technology. Additionally, Levenson dedicated his time and funds to projects like the I Have a Dream Foundation, which helps students to get the education that they desire. The Do Good Institute has been succeeding ever since its creation. Levenson expects it to continue to succeed as students graduate and start working to make a difference in various areas.