NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Real Estate
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Religious, Education, Social
OVERVIEW: Mendel Gold moves his philanthropy through the Mendel Family Foundation, an under-the-radar vehicle which does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals. The outfit was formed to support social, religious and educational organizations, with particular focus on the Jewish community. Gold's philanthropy concentrates on the Northeast.
BACKGROUND: Mendel Gold is a low-profile real estate businessman associated with such companies as Ridge Realty Holding Corp.
RELIGIOUS: Gold, via his foundation, has given especially strong support to Congregation Ahavas Tzedakah V'Chesed in Brooklyn, New York. Other grantees have included Aish International, a Jewish outreach organization started in 1974 in Jerusalem by Rabbi Noah Weinberg; Chasdei Moshe; and Ohr Vadaath.
EDUCATION: Gold has supported outfits like Maryland Hillel, Yeshiva Gedolah of Bridgeport, Menucha Chesed Services (which works in special education), and Connections Israel, an outfit that supports the IDF.
SOCIAL: Gold also supports outfits that work in health and human services. Grantees have included Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel, Central Fund of Israel, as well as Tomche Shabbos (Tomchei Shabbos) Of Rockland County, which helps feed poor and low income families in the greater Monsey, NY, area. Another important grantee here is Maharitz Dushinsky Charitable.
LOOKING FORWARD: Because Gold keeps such a low profile, it's tough to say what direction his philanthropy is headed. On the plus side, annual grantmaking has hovered at nearly $1 million of late, with the Gold Foundation funding a similar batch of grantees in the local Jewish community.
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The Gold Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Gold Family Foundation
1 Carter Ln.
Monsey, NY 10952