Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund

OVERVIEW: The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supports a variety of causes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including democracy and civil liberties, education and literacy, environment, health and recreation, the Jewish community, and reproductive health and rights.

FUNDING AREAS: Democracy and civil liberties, education and literacy, environment, health and recreation, the Jewish community, reproductive health and rights

IP TAKE: This foundation saw its assets quadruple when the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund closed down and distributed its holdings to the three Goldman children, which means there are a lot more opportunities here. 

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is a family foundation that awards grants to charitable organizations that enhance society, primarily those serving the San Francisco, California area. Douglas Goldman is the son of Levi Strauss heirs, Richard and Rhoda Goldman. After Richard Goldman died in 2011, the assets of his foundation, approximately $280 million, were split into thirds and distributed to each of his three children. Douglas Goldman is the chairman and founder of Certain, Inc., a software development and publishing company headquartered in San Francisco. He has been chairman of the board of the Stern Grove Festival Association, president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, and a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation. He has also sat on the board of the Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel-Aviv University and the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Emergency Physicians Association. Grantmaking areas of interest are democracy and civil liberties, education and literacy, environment, health and recreation, the Jewish community, and reproductive health and rights.

Education grants are made in San Francisco for K-12 public education. Environment grants awarded nationally for sustainable practice and eco-friendly material usage. In the San Francisco Bay Area, they support land use, transportation policies, natural resource protection, and habitat protection. Health grants go to San Francisco groups that promote sports and recreation. It awards local Jewish grants to promote cultural exchanges and education, as well as reproductive rights for service delivery training and clinics. Finally, democracy grants are awarded nationally to expand voting access, prevent gun violence, and support political equality.

Most grants fall in the $10,000 to $100,000 range. Yet the size of Goldman Fund grants has ranged between $100 and $1 million. View a list of recent grants here. Much of the funder’s grantmaking is focused on the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, although it awards some national grants in certain categories as well. It considers making nearly all types of support, including building renovations, emergency funds, technical assistance, capital campaigns, general operating support, and program development. The Fund does not provide support to individuals, deficit budgets, endowments, conferences, events, conferences, documentaries, films, books, or research.

This foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. There are no submission deadlines, as the funder accepts requests throughout the year. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 415-771-1717 or via online inquiry form. 

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