From the corporate offices in the media business to the owner’s box at the NBA courts, and now as an advisor to non-profit organizations, Bruce Levenson is still hard at work. Right now he’s trying to show young people just how amazing philanthropy can be at Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland. So far many students at UMD have gotten excited and are eager to put their ideas to work to give back to needy communities. Prior to the latest seed funding Levenson has given to Do Good, Bruce Levenson sold the Atlanta Hawks to Tony Ressler, Grant Hill and several other new owners after owning the team for 12 years.
Levenson is the Chairman and owner of Unified Communications Group (UCG), a newsletter and technology research company that he and his friend Ed Peskowitz founded in 1977. Levenson went into journalism after completing his bachelor’s degree at Washington University, and though he did attend law school and receive a J.D., he never officially practiced law. He began by writing for the Washington Star but decided he wanted to write newsletters for specific industries. Years later Levenson helped start a subsidiary in TechTarget that spun out of UCG and became an independent publicly-traded company.
Levenson has taken his business expertise to philanthropy in the way that he has talked about at Do Good Institute. One of his passions is higher education for lower income students in the Washington D.C. community, and as president of Hoop Dreams he was able to fund scholarships for these students. Levenson is also an advocate of peace in Israel, and in a joint effort with organizations like Seeds of Peace he wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to explore peace options with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Levenson also helped organize an event encouraging an end to bigotry and racism known as “Concert Against Hate.”