Bruce Levenson Is Working With Young People To Use Creativity In Philanthropy

Bruce Levenson has a plan to change the future of non-profit work and it begins at the Do Good Institute that he and his wife Karen cofounded at the University of Maryland. Do Good Institute is a philanthropic studies wing of the university and young people use the skills of entrepreneurs to get creative with their philanthropic organization, Levenson has put his business expertise to use in guiding charity groups over the years and he said he felt more of them could keep running if they had skillful leaders running them.

Bruce Levenson is most famous for owning the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and for a few years the Atlanta Thrashers as well. He and Ed Peskowitz had bought the team back in 2004 and owned them until 2015 when they made a large $850 million sale to Tony Ressler and Company. Levenson was also on the NBA Board of Governors that represented the Atlanta Hawks during those 12 years as owner.

Prior to owning an NBA team, Levenson got his bachelor’s degree from Washington University and then attended law school at American University. He originally started out in journalism by working for the Washington Star, and then in a few years started his own publishing business with his friend Ed Peskowitz. That business became United Communications Group (UCG), beginning in a small apartment and then growing into a multinational company with offices all over the globe. UCG was originally focused on the oil industry, but they’ve become more of a technology news and updates publication company.

Levenson’s non-profit endeavors include supporting several Jewish-American organizations such as SEED Foundation and Birthright Israel and being a trustee at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Levenson took the entire Atlanta Hawks’ team and coaches to the museum to hear his mother-in-law’s account of the event in 2014. Levenson has also served on the boards of Hoop Dreams and Community Foundation.