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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Innovation, Change, and International Development: Part 1

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance.  Rod.nichols@verizon.net A national competition is one of the best ways to discover the best ideas.  That’s how the US Federal government conducts its health research, for example. Scientists across the country submit proposals, rigorous standards […]

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Innovation Fund–Promise (largely) Kept!

Susan Raymond is the Founding Director of the Alliance’s Innovation Fund, which made its inaugural grants in the fall of 2012.  These are her observations on the Fund’s receiving second quarter reports from its grantees: The Alliance for Global Good gave birth to the Innovation Fund from a concern that nonprofits working in deeply complex […]

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About AFGG

The Alliance for Global Good supports effective responses to the worlds most pressing problems in five broadly conceived areas:

Health
Poverty
Education

World Relations

Five Guiding Principles

Five principles guide the Alliance’s consideration of any initiative:

innovation
Collaboration
Leverage
Scale
Sustainability

Read more about the Five Guiding Principles.