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, 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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Tikkun Olam Taskforce

The Reut Institute will launch a Tikkun Olam taskforce which will within a maximum of three years, fulfill the following objectives: Develop a strategy for harnessing the power of the State, the philanthropy of the Jewish world, the sense of volunteerism of Israeli and Diaspora young Jews, and the creative abilities that Israeli society offers […]

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Support for Israeli Coalition and Advocacy for Women’s Inclusion in Peace Building

Since 1999, The Institute for Inclusive Security has worked with women leaders from a wide variety of political parties in Israel and Palestine to create more opportunities for women to have their voices heard. These women draw on a common long-term perspective and awareness of the effects of war on families and communities that transcend […]

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Increased access to government support for child-headed households

An innovative pilot program in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa led by the Learning and Innovation Network in the Children’s sector (LINC) supported by Synergos. In communities hard-hit by poverty and disease, the elder children are often left to care for their younger siblings, placing the family unit at high risk for […]

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Youth Employment in the Middle East: Capacity Building to Help a Successful Initiative Reach the Next Stage

Ron Bruder, a member of Synergos’ Global Philanthropists Circle, founded the Education for Employment Foundation (EFE) as a response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, on the premise that education and jobs are the best tool to promote broad-based economic growth and fight fundamentalism in unstable countries of the Middle East. EFE now operates with […]

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Learning Circle of Women Leaders of Social Change from the Muslim World

There are countless examples of extraordinary women who have launched initiatives to fight poverty and inequity in the Muslim world, and are advancing the status of women in the process. These women face exceptional challenges tied to norms, customs and attitudes in Muslim communities that discourage women from taking leadership roles. The proposal is to […]

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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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Lesley Ann Van Selm (Part of the Ashoka Globalizer Project)

By allowing young inmates to shape their own rehabilitation program while in prison and creating support and employment networks for them upon their release, Lesley Ann Van Selm effectively reintegrates juvenile offenders into society. Through her organization Khulisa she has spread this model throughout South Africa, has begun working in Manchester, UK and is poised […]

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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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