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. 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 Fund Round 2 Winners

Reflecting the growing appreciation of the role that  market-related activity has in producing sustainable social impact, the application process for the second round of grants from the Alliance’s Innovation Fund demanded more sophisticated business models and projections.  Most of the applicants–and all of the grantees–more than rose to the occasion.  As with Round 1, the […]

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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.   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. 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 Round 1 – 2nd Quarter Compiled Report

We’ve passed the 1/2 year mark for the Innovation Fund’s Round 1 grants, and have compiled the grantees’ status reports in the document attached.  We’re well pleased with the progress reported.  We’re equally pleased in the validation of the fund’s proposition—that organizations responding to global challenges need support to implement market oriented activity consistent with mission, thereby […]

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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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Innovation Fund Round 1 Winners

The winning proposals represent an extremely diverse group in many ways.  As indicated on the Fund page, qualified applicants were medium-sized, US-based nonprofits that work on solving global problems in the Alliance’s critical areas of emphasis: poverty, health, education, environment, and world relations.  Geographically, they touch Africa, MENA, and southeast Asia.  They address rural and […]

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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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Innovation Fund

The Alliance for Global Good’s Innovation Fund: Aims to increase nonprofit sustainability by providing venture philanthropy to implement innovations in mission-relevant revenue generating activity. Targets (generally) medium-sized, US-based nonprofits, working on solving global problems (see specific eligibility criteria below) Grants are for implementation, not exploration–the Fund provides grants for late stage financing to move best-in-class plans […]

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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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