John Goldman (Photo/Steve Fisch)
John Goldman (Photo/Steve Fisch)

Day of Philanthropy award for John Goldman

Honoring a leader who usually works behind the scenes? That’s what will be happening at the 2018 Day of Philanthropy on Nov. 13 when John Goldman receives the Robert Sinton Award for Distinguished Leadership.

Given annually by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, the award goes to someone who exhibits a passion for Jewish philanthropy and volunteering. Goldman has done extensive volunteer and charitable work through the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation, and through presidencies of the S.F.-based Federation and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. He also was president of the San Francisco Symphony and has served on many councils and boards.

He and his wife, Marcia, also have endowed the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. The John and Marcia Goldman Foundation focuses on youth, science, health and the arts. Some of his other charitable interests include the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Goldman is the son of Richard N. Goldman (1920-2010) and Rhoda Haas Goldman (1924-1996).

The award will be presented at this year’s Day of Philanthropy at the Hyatt Regency S.F.; registration for the event will open in September. Marc Benioff, chairman and founder of Salesforce, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.