Public Ed, Youth Sports & Jewish Life: Where Goldman’s Local Grants Are Going

Not too long ago, we noted how Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund was entering a period of growth, expanding its assets, staff, goals, priorities, and getting on every local nonprofit's radar.

Related - Three Things to Know About the Goldman Fund's Grantmaking

“Time of growth” typically translates into more money to go around. So we decided to check back in to see how far this Bay Area funder has come lately and where the grants have been flowing.

The Goldman Fund gave $12.4 away million in grants in 2014, which was spread out to 244 nonprofits. This money went to K-12 education, environmental performance in the business world, fighting the influence of money in politics, health education, young Jewish life, and disaster relief. Some recent Bay Area nonprofits that have seen the Goldmans’ support include: 

  • J. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California - $100,000 for digital content publication
  • Aim High for High School - $50,000 for Common Core and science education
  • Pacific Institute - $25,000 for state water policy reform
  • Girls on the Run of the Bay Area - $20,000 for physical activity and mentoring for girls 

At the end of 2013, the foundation reported over $239 million in total assets. The fund has been around over 23 years and has distributed over $80 million to around 650 nonprofits since its inception.

As natives of San Francisco, the Goldmans still place a high priority on projects that have an impact upon the San Francisco community. However, the fund’s Democracy and Civil Liberties funding category, as well as its Reproductive Health and Rights one, continue to have a broader national focus.

So what’s next for Goldman grantmaking?

Recent foundation news is centered on supporting young Jewish adults and promoting active lifestyles for young adults from all backgrounds. The Goldmans have also been big supporters of voters’ rights on a national scale recently, awarding grants to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Arts & culture isn’t a huge part of Goldman’s strategy, but the fund did award $50,000 to the Children’s Creativity Museum and $37,000 to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2014.

To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s Profile of the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund and review the funding process on the foundation’s Grantseeker page. There are no deadlines to submit a letter of inquiry and the board meets quarterly. Just keep in mind that the giving priorities with the greatest focus on San Francisco are Education & Literacy, Health & Recreation, and the Jewish Community.