About AFGG

Crisis and Challenge

InitiativesThe Alliance for Global Good was borne from the conviction that in the next fifty years, we must demand and ensure that we leave our children and grandchildren a world of hope rather than despair. Our world today is confronted with a multitude of global challenges in every area—health, education, environment, poverty, and global relations. Critically, these problems are measurable, substantial and growing over time.

Take a look around the world: 4 billion people live on less than $4/day; 700 million adults cannot read; millions of children die each year of curable diseases because they lack access to clean water and basic healthcare; the environment is changing, perhaps irrevocably, and political sites of conflict around the globe erupt in violence every day.

Take a look at the issues pervading American society: public education is mediocre; energy demands continue to grow; environmental challenges abound; health goals are not met; economic growth barely stirs as our recession strengthens glaring socioeconomic disparities.

At the same time, studies demonstrate current weaknesses in philanthropic practices: At home, philanthropy is vigorous but uncertain, hopeful but diffuse. Nearly $100 billion is wasted each year due to duplication of efforts, competition for resources, and difficulty identifying best practice.

Given the extensive challenges we face, we can’t afford to waste any philanthropic assets. We must identify best strategies to leverage resources and ensure that every dollar is used most effectively.

Hope & Opportunity

Clearly, there is no more “them” and “us” – globalization, technology and telecommunications have woven our fates together into this increasingly complex world. Moral, humanitarian, and economic imperatives command concern for the planet’s people as a whole.

Fortunately, there is more wealth and problem-solving capacity than ever.

  • Paul Schervish, Director of the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, indicates that wealth in this country, among the very wealthy alone, is $35 Trillion
  • The estimated wealth factor for the rest of the world is one-and-a-half-times U.S. wealth for a total of $87 Trillion.

The philanthropic sector is also focusing more intently than ever on impact and consequences New and different means of funding, including charitable investments, micro lending, and social bonds are gaining greater acceptance and put greater emphasis on responsiveness and results.

The more successful the problem solving, the more resources will be available to solve them–success will generate increased charitable giving as people become aware that their contributions are in fact making a difference.  And by tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems with significant resources and demonstrable impact, American philanthropy will raise America’s standing in the global community.

The Alliance for Global Good

The Alliance for Global Good aims to harness the growing global recognition that private philanthropy must be a major force for positive change—and that we cannot afford any wasted dollar of contribution. Our mission is to address the most concerning issues in the five world areas of: Health, Education, Poverty, Environment, and Relationships of Nations. The Alliance identifies and creates strategies to guarantee that the billions of philanthropic dollars spent each year will be brought to bear on correcting and improving these global issues.

The Alliance fosters solutions to pressing global problems by shaping Program Partnerships between complementary organizations and developing programs with the potential to create lasting change. Working through Donor Partners, the Alliance brings expertise, awareness, connections, and focus on results to ensure that contributed dollars realize optimum impact.

The Alliance for Global Good believes we must give our time, resources, and collaborative energy to find solutions now. We owe it to the world we leave for our children and grand-children.



About AFGG

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


World Relations

Five Guiding Principles

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


Read more about the Five Guiding Principles.