On-campus higher education has been lacking a certain practicality in their curriculum for a long time. This lack of practicality may be one of the reasons why alternative learning environments are on the rise. An alternative education program can offer more emphasis on smaller sized classrooms, closer and more productive relationships between students and teachers, and in some cases…a sense of community. The University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute, founded by Former Atlanta Hawk’s owner, Bruce Levenson serves as an outstanding model for this higher education paradigm.
Levenson knows a lot about both business and philanthropy. He began his career in the late 1970’s when he and a friend started UCG in Levenson’s Maryland apartment. In 2004, he acquired the Atlanta Spirit LLC; this team eventually became the Atlanta Hawks. Levenson sold the Hawks in 2014, see Forbes’ report on this. As a successful businessperson, Levenson has always been heavily philanthropic throughout his career. He is a founding donor of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. and in the past, has served as the Washington Chapter President of I Have a Dream Foundation, which helps low-income children pursue higher learning. With the Do Good Institute, Levenson is redefining philanthropy by assembling groups of idealistic students and producing future pioneers who will spearhead innovative projects and ventures that will change the world and better the lives of those who live in it.