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. 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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A 21st Century Tikkun Olam–Possible?

From Rod Nichols, AFGG Senior Advisor A 21st Century Tikkun Olam–Possible? Today, in many parts of the world, “the life of man” is not much different than it was four hundred years ago when Hobbes said that life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.”  Despite spectacular progress in agriculture and industry across much […]

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21CTO: Great Ideas and Organization for Action

From Rod Nichols, AFGG Senior Advisor Great Ideas and Organization for Action “Great ideas,” remarked Albert Camus, “come into the world as gently as doves.  Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope.” In […]

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Newton, Innovation, and the Best Non-Profits

From Rod Nichols, AFGG Senior Advisor Musing about frontiers for science, Isaac Newton, the 19th century genius, said “…the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” He understood, profoundly, that even his own extraordinary insights in physics were but “a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary.” That outlook also applies to […]

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American Philanthropy: Education Around the World

[One of the Alliance’s themes is celebrating and promoting philanthropy–particularly American philanthropy.  Alliance team member Rod Nichols offers this perspective:] “Trouble shared is trouble halved.” This old saying is as true for nations as it is for individuals. It is also deeply embedded in the American traditions of voluntary associations and of philanthropy at home […]

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The 3C’s and Innovation

Rodney W. Nichols, past President and CEO Emeritus of the NY Academy of Sciences, is Senior Advisor to the Alliance. Just as students must master the 3R’s, non-profit organizations must master the 3C’s of curiosity, competition, and compassion.  It’s easy to glibly roll out these words; ever so much harder to master the fusion […]

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Invitation to a Conversation

Post by Jerry Chasen, Alliance VP on January 18, 2012 This past November 15th, the Alliance produced the Inaugural Bipartisan Conference on Innovation in Giving and Philanthropy. The one-day meeting at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC featured an Honorary Host Committee including House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Susan Collins, Joe […]

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Proud to announce our newest partner


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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