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Eligibility & Fit

In order 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 agent with 501(c)(3) status.

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund will not consider applications for support for:

  • Books or periodicals
  • Deficit budgets
  • Production of documentaries and films
  • Events or conferences
  • Grants to individuals
  • Research

The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supports organizations that are making valuable contributions in the following fields:


Interests & Priorities


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

Geographic Area: National


  • Protect and expand access to voting.
  • Ensure political equality for all by reducing the influence of money in politics.
  • Strengthen policy and education efforts to prevent gun violence.



Goal: Strengthen public education for grades kindergarten to 12.

Geographic Area: San Francisco


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



Goal: Address the environmental impacts of producing, consuming, and disposing of goods.

Geographic Area: National


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

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


  • Advance responsible land use and transportation policies and practices.
  • Promote strategies to protect natural resources from the effects of climate change.

Goal: Preserve and prevent further degradation of California’s land and water resources.

Geographic Area: Northern California with a preference for projects that impact the San Francisco Bay Area


  • Promote projects that ensure the long-term sustainability and protection of critical habitat and natural resources.



Goal: Foster healthy lifestyles and opportunities.

Geographic Area: San Francisco


  • Promote engagement in sports and recreation activities.



Goal: Build a more vibrant and inclusive Jewish community.

Geographic Area: San Francisco Bay Area


  • Support innovative, experiential projects that enhance Judaism’s relevance in contemporary life.
  • Advance efforts that engage individuals and families in Jewish life.

Goal: Combat anti-Semitism and discrimination against Israel.

Geographic Area: National and International, with a preference for projects that impact the San Francisco Bay Area


  • Advance education, advocacy, and communication efforts about the Jewish community and Israel.
  • Facilitate cultural exchanges to educate the general community about Israel.



Goal: Support abortion service delivery training, safety, and clinics.

Geographic Area: National and Northern California


  • Promote activities that increase and improve abortion provider training.
  • Protect the safety of abortion healthcare professionals and their clients.
  • Support Northern California-based health clinics that offer abortion services.
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