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The 4 Kinds of People And What You Can Learn From Them

I have googled variations of this phrase many times and have always failed to find its origin. Guesses include the writings of Jean Paul Sartre and/or an old episode of TV’s The White Shadow. Regardless, I believe it is the truest and wisest thing ever uttered by an existentialist French philosopher and/or fictional inner city high school basketball coach. And

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Muddling Through Just Won’t Do.

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance For Global Good. rodney.nichols12@gmail.com Many medium-sized non-profits teeter on the edge of failure — not necessarily bankruptcy, just settling for mediocrity and less impact. Why? Most are so overworked –- solving urgent social problems, meeting […]

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Experience – getting more?

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance For Global Good. “Stop waiting for the world to change. Change it and the world will follow.” rodney.nichols12@gmail.com Most professionals have rued their many confrontations with the truth of that old saying: “Experience – it’s […]

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Change the World? Why Not?

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance For Global Good. rodney.nichols12@gmail.com. The Alliance For Global Good (AFGG) is a new, ambitious, small, and growing philanthropic organization. Leonard Kaplan, the founder, frequently prods people with a disarming question: “ What kind of a […]

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Renewal of Tikkun Olam: Tradition and Imperative

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance. rodney.nichols12@gmail.com. Can Israel renew its past commitment to assist developing nations? Let’s call it 21st Century Tikkun Olam. Yes, Israel can help to “repair the world,” assisting those in distress, those some call the “bottom […]

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Year of the Horse: Commitment and Measurement

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance.  rodney.nichols12@gmail.com. The Chinese New Year opened on 31 January 2014.  It’s the Year of the Horse. According to one reference, people born in this year “make unremitting efforts to improve.”  That’s exactly attitude of the […]

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Commentary on the Final Reports from Round One of the Innovation Fund

Susan Raymond, PhD is Executive Vice President for Research, Evaluation, and Strategic Planning for Changing Our World, Inc., and the founding director of AFGG’s Innovation Fund. These are her observations on the Final Reports from Round One of the Innovation Fund . “Where there is an open mind,” American engineer Charles F. Kettering once remarked, […]

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Innovation, Change, and International Development: Part 3

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance.  Rod.nichols@verizon.net Two irrefutable facts characterize the third world these days. One is welcome: poverty is dropping. The other is worrisome: donor fatigue is rising. This combination is critical for the future of work by non-profit […]

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Innovation, Change, and International Development: Part 2

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance.  Rod.nichols@verizon.net   The Innovation Fund of the Alliance For Global Good is not mostly about “scaling,” but it can help. What if your non-profit social service organization is sailing along nicely, with a reliably funded budget […]

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Proud to announce our newest partner

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Leonard Kaplan’s creation of the Alliance for Global Good was the expression of his passionate philanthropy.  It’s also the logical outgrowth of all that came before it.  Together with his wife and philanthropic partner Tobee, and through a family foundation later renamed TOLEO, they gave unselfishly of resources and time to improve their community and the world for more than twenty-five years.

Tobee & Leonard Kaplan

Tobee & Leonard Kaplan

The Alliance’s focus on five areas of giving—health, education, environment, poverty, and world relations—is mirrored in Leonard’s past.  He has made major gifts to Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Comprehensive Cancer and Heart Centers, to the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill, to the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Moses Cone Hospital, and had a leadership position at the Greensboro Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.  In 2004, Leonard and Tobee built the new building for the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro. He created scholarships for residents of Guilford County to attend North Carolina colleges and universities, and was a founding donor of Elon University Law School.  Critically, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, Leonard helped create the Center for Organizational Leadership, a philanthropic studies program (which was one of first nationally to educate non-profit executives).

“Everyone wants to leave something to their grandchildren.”

“The money won’t matter if the world they live in is so far gone,” Kaplan says. “The opportunity now is to take some of what might become their inheritance, and use it soon to make the world a better place.”

Addressing poverty, Leonard made possible the building of two houses for Habitat for Humanity, and by providing food for hungry people both close to home in Greensboro, and as far abroad as the former Soviet Union.   The Kaplans were staunch supporters of Trickle Up, which provides grant financing to women in the developing world who want to start their own microenterprise.

Leonard gave not only of his wealth, but also of his time and expertise, taking on leadership positions in many organizations and campaigns such as the Greater Greensboro United Way DeToqueville Society, and as a Core Member of ACTION Greensboro, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public education, revitalization of downtown Greensboro, and leveraging economic development.

Active in their community of faith, the Kaplans built a new building for the Greensboro Jewish Federation, and for the Hillel youth organization at U.N.C., Chapel Hill.  He served on the board of the Jewish Foundation of Greensboro, and on that of the national Hillel organization, and was a founder of Camp Ramah Darom.

Viewing giving as a responsibility of affluence, Leonard led by example, and encouraged others to do the same.  He created Wealth & Giving, an educational program designed to inspire the largest wealth holders in this country to be more generous.  The Alliance continues that work by promoting and providing donors with opportunities for effective and efficient giving.

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