Using Solar Power to Desalinate and Produce Fresh Water in Jordan & Israel

BGU is working to develop cost-effective ways to desalinate water through solar energy.  Reflecting BGU’s spirit of collaboration with Israel’s neighbors, the University is conducting its research at one location in Jordan (Aqaba) and two locations in Israel (Hatzeva & Ashdod) which reflect an array of water salinities ranging from slightly brackish to highly saline. […]

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Political Parity – the Women’s Appointment Project

Studies show that the higher the percentage of women, the higher the percentage of a country’s budget spent on health, education and environment. The greater the number of women in appointed office, the greater possibility of their being elected to office as well. Besides, solving the complex problems of 21st century America requires political leadership, […]

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Replication of SMS technology to promote employment

Funds will be used to encourage the replication of the innovative mobile technology platform developed by a Palestinian Social Innovator, Mohammed Kilany, to connect job seekers in marginalized communities with employment opportunities. Mr. Kilany’s initiative was singled out by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah as an example of high-impact social entrepreneurship. It is already being replicated […]

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Adalberto Verissimo (Part of the Ashoka Globalizer Project)

Alberto’s organization IMAZON combines applied research and win-win negotiations among rivals leading to the sustainable management and development of 5 million hectares of forests; the protection of 25 million hectares of the Amazons through the first ever 2006 Law of National Forest Preserves; and the development of a satellite monitoring system of the Amazon, the […]

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Jack Sim (Part of the Ashoka Globalizer Project)

Jack, known as “the Toilet Man”, is restructuring the field of sanitation worldwide to provide clean, safe toilets for the estimated 2.6 billion people who lack access. His organization, the World Toilet Organization (WHO), comprises 59 member organizations in 42 countries aligning citizen groups, budgets, and government agendas to underscore the urgency of proper sanitation. […]

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Albina Ruiz (Part of the Ashoka Globalizer Project)

Albina’s Healthy City Group supports the establishment and operation of community – organized collection, recycling, and waste – disposal enterprises. It regroups recyclers allowing them to formally register as legal businesses and earn status as the official waste-management system for their communities. HCG was first established in Lima, Peru, and expanded to Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, […]

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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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