The mission of the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation is to have an impact on the quality of life of individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. In fulfilling its mission, the foundation focuses its grants in the areas of youth, health, and the arts.


Marcia and John Goldman are Bay Area natives who grew up in families with a strong commitment to giving back to their community through volunteerism and charitable giving.  The Jewish values of tzedakah (charity based on righteousness, fairness, and justice) and tikkun olam (humanity’s shared responsibility to “repair the world”) were deeply ingrained in them at an early age.  Throughout their adult lives they have donated their time, skills, and resources to a variety of causes and organizations.  By example and through participation, they have passed these values on to their children, now adults starting their own families.

Established in 1997 to further their charitable giving, the John & Marcia Goldman Foundation is among a long line of family foundations that have operated through the generations.  The assets of the Foundation grew considerably between 2011 and 2012, with a transfer of funds as the result of a dissolution of the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund, founded by John’s parents in 1951.  Over the course of its sixty year existence, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund granted nearly $700 million to more than 2,500 nonprofit organizations, with both John and Marcia serving on the Board.  The Walter & Elise Haas, Sr. Fund, still in operation today, was founded by Rhoda Goldman’s parents, whose descendants, including John Goldman, continue to sit on the Board.  Marcia and John now carry on this philanthropic legacy by including their family’s next generation as Board members of the foundation that carries their names.