Expanded Education for Palestinian Visually Impaired Children

The proposal is to support the expansion of an integrated education facility serving visually impaired children in East Jerusalem. The school, Siraj Al Quds was founded by a Synergos Social Innovator and serves children who otherwise would have no access to education. With major funding from the European Union, the school moved into a new […]

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Sustainable Rural Communities in the Middle East

Funds will cover the cost of 3 to 5 learning exchanges involving Social Innovators from the Middle East. They will visit the program of a leading Jordanian social entrepreneur whose exchange tourism program builds bridges between privileged urban people and rural village communities, supporting sustainable development of some of the country’s most marginalized communities in […]

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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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Literacy and reading among children in disadvantaged communities

Synergos Social Innovator Rana Dajani founded an organization to promote reading among young children (ages 4-10) by establishing local libraries in communities across Jordan. Housed in neighborhood mosques, the libraries hold storytelling sessions using secular books and age-appropriate props, and are helping to develop a culture of literacy among children and families. The model is […]

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Funding Collaboration in the Children’s Sector

LINC Fellows from a range of funding agencies and community-based organizations have identified an innovative collaboration between two stakeholders in the children’s sector that do not often intersect. The goal of this collaboration is to identify funding flows in the children’s sector and improve collaboration so that projects benefiting children are better funded, and in […]

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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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Initiative to Create Healthy, Resilient Urban Communities

This is a collaboration among leading community-based organizations in three countries: Ciudad Viva (Chile), the African Institute for Health & Development (Kenya) and Chintan (India). Each of these organizations mobilizes local communities to implement inclusive actions for urban development and to advocate for solutions that do not leave behind those who are poor and marginalized. […]

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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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