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Eligibility & Fit

To be considered for a grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, an organization must be classified as a public charity and have 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status.

The Goldman Fund will not consider applications for deficit budgets, grants to individuals, academic research, events, conferences, or documentaries and films. An organization may not apply for multiple grants at the same time. (See FAQs for more information.)

In keeping with the values of the Goldman Fund’s Board of Directors, grants will not be awarded to organizations that advocate for, engage in, or endorse policies or actions that are antisemitic or question the legitimacy of Israel as a secure, independent, and democratic Jewish state.

The Goldman Fund accepts requests from organizations that are making valuable contributions to the following fields:

  • Democracy & Civil Liberties
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Jewish Community
  • Reproductive Health & Rights

The Goldman Fund considers requests by invitation only from organizations in the following fields:

  • Health & Recreation
  • San Francisco Bay Area Institutions & Projects
  • Special Projects & Initiatives

Interests & Priorities

DEMOCRACY & CIVIL LIBERTIES

Goal: Ensure informed, active, and equal citizen participation in the democratic process and protect civil liberties from emerging threats.

Geographic Area: Projects that are implemented nationally and/or in multiple states. (This program area does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single city or state.)

Strategies:

  • Protect voting rights and expand access to voting.
  • Reduce the influence of money in politics.
  • Strengthen policy and education efforts to prevent gun violence.

 

EDUCATION & LITERACY

Goal: Strengthen public education for grades kindergarten to 12.

Geographic Area: San Francisco

Strategies:

  • Promote education and literacy projects that support the strategic priorities of the San Francisco Unified School District.
  • Support community-wide literacy projects.

Goal: Advance civic education for grades kindergarten to 12.

Geographic Area: Projects that are implemented nationally, regionally, and/or in multiple states. (This program area does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single city or state.)

Strategies:

  • Promote efforts to prioritize civic education on the state and national levels.
  • Support professional development for teachers to refresh and expand their knowledge of civics and develop skills for teaching it effectively.

 

ENVIRONMENT

Goal: Promote industry practices that mitigate climate change and protect natural resources.

Geographic Area: Projects that are implemented nationally and/or in multiple states. (This program goal does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single city or state.)

Strategies:

  • Support sustainable industry practices throughout the lifecycle of products.
  • Influence market shifts toward environmentally-responsible materials and decreased use of harmful chemicals.

Goal: Advance nature-based solutions to the climate crisis.

Geographic Area: Projects that are implemented internationally, nationally and/or in California. (This program goal does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single city or state other than California.)

Strategies:

  • Protect and conserve ecosystems that sequester carbon, with a special interest in primary forests and engaging Indigenous communities in climate solutions.

Goal: Reduce local sources of greenhouse gas emissions and help prepare for the impacts of climate change on Bay Area ecosystems.

Geographic Area: San Francisco Bay Area

Strategies:

  • Advance responsible land use and transportation policies and practices.
  • Protect natural resources from the effects of climate change.

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY

Goal: Ensure a more vibrant, inclusive, and safe Jewish community.

Geographic Area: San Francisco Bay Area and/or projects that are implemented nationally. (This program area does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single region other than the San Francisco Bay Area.)

Strategies:

  • Combat antisemitism and discrimination against Israel by advancing education, advocacy, and communication about Jews, Judaism, and Israel.
  • Engage the Jewish community in combatting climate change, expanding access to voting, preventing gun violence, and protecting reproductive health and rights.
  • Support innovative, experiential projects that enhance Judaism’s relevance in contemporary life.

 

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & RIGHTS

Goal: Protect and expand access by strengthening the abortion service delivery ecosystem.

Geographic Area: National, regional, California, and/or multiple states. (This program area does not currently accept applications for projects that are implemented in a single state, other than California.)

Strategies:

  • Advance and expand access to medication abortion.
  • Improve abortion seekers’ ability to access care.
  • Promote activities that increase abortion provider training.
  • Support Northern California-based health clinics that offer abortion services.
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