How We Work

Partnership

We provide more than just capital. We leverage our resources and networks to empower our partners to do great work.

Engagement

We are natural collaborators. We do all that we can to help and nothing that will get in the way.

Commitment

We are prepared to take calculated risks to yield high rewards. We fund projects that may take longer than a lifetime to complete. We are committed to sharing our experiences.

Tenacity

Ill health and poverty are complex problems. Solutions may not be easily won. We expect to negotiate challenges as we work with our partners to achieve improvement, not perfection.

Our Team

Michael Kaplan

Executive Director

Michael oversees the day-to-day activities of A to Z, which include: administration, idea sourcing, board management, and management of our current investments and new partnerships. He attends networking and learning events to stay aware of updates in the industry and new possibilities. Yoga philosophy and interfaith studies form the foundation of his understanding of humanity, as he believes strongly that we are all connected and all lives have equal value. He is driven to assist the underserved. Michael is a 2016 alumnus of the Philanthropy Workshop and a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts who enjoys life at home with his wife and kid.

Andrea Kaplan

Board

Andrea sits on the Review and Compensation Committee at A to Z.   She is currently an honors student at Marist College and is working on a major in Business Administration. She has interned with The Water Trust (one of A to Z’s partners), has volunteered at Inter Community Nursery School, worked as a camp counselor at Rolling River Day Camp, and truly has a love for children. She has a working knowledge of Italian, and is looking forward to expanding that knowledge while studying abroad in the fall of 2017. Andrea loves Disney World, and goes every chance she gets. She also has a passion for Harry Potter, builds Lego projects, and has a room in her house dedicated to them.

Jeff Kaplan

Board Chair

Jeff is a Partner at Deerfield Management, a health care investment firm, where he formulates and manages highly structured financial instruments for health care innovation and growth and manages the trading department. Prior to joining Deerfield in 2001, Jeff held positions at Merrill Lynch and E.F. Hutton. Jeff is on the Executive Committee of The Deerfield Partnership Foundation, which supports health care for underserved communities and is funded by Deerfield’s profits and employees. In 2007, Jeff co-founded The Water Trust, an NGO focused on clean water, sanitation and hygiene in rural Uganda, and in 2003, co-founded GOAL (Giving Open Access to Learning) an after-school enrichment program in East Harlem. Jeff is an ordained Interfaith Minister and graduate of All Faith’s Seminary International.