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Natalie Silverstein
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October 25, 2007

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund Announces $15,975,000 in New Grants

San Francisco (October 25, 2007) - The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund has authorized new grants for a total of $15,975,000, addressing pressing social and political issues including global access to clean, safe drinking water, implementation of California's Global Warming Solutions Act and comprehensive sexuality education.

October grants in the regular program areas of Environment, Jewish Affairs, Population, San Francisco Bay Area, and Special Projects include:


Protect and Restore California's Environment

Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies
Sacramento, CA
New Transportation Economy Coalition, to identify and promote measures to reduce California's dependence on oil for transportation needs.

Environmental Defense
Oakland, CA
Reducing Global Warming Emissions in California, to create a practical and effective implementation plan for California's Global Warming Solutions Act. A total grant of $600,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Environmental Support Center
Washington, DC
Provide capacity-building assistance to increase the effectiveness of environmental justice organizations in California.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
San Francisco, CA
Green Connection Project, to bring environmentally sustainable building design to community development projects in San Francisco.

Oregon Wild
Portland, OR
Klamath Basin Protection Program, to protect and restore the largest freshwater wetland in the West.

Save San Francisco Bay Association
Oakland, CA
Keep it Clean Campaign, to change the behavior of Bay Area residents and encourage stronger local government actions in reducing bay pollution from human activity. A total grant of $500,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Sustainable Cotton Project
Davis, CA
Cleaner Cotton Campaign, to further develop and promote the use of cotton grown using less pesticide intensive methods.

The Bay Institute of San Francisco
Novato, CA
San Joaquin River Restoration Initiative, to support scientific, legal and policy work to advance the restoration of the San Joaquin River.

Western Environmental Law Center
Eugene, OR
Northern California Project, to protect the most endangered ecosystems in Northern California through legal means.

Reduce the Impact of Industry on the Environment

American Rivers
Washington, DC
Reforming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project, to advocate for better management of America's rivers and wetlands.

Blacksmith Institute
New York, NY
Initiative for Responsible Battery Recycling, to address the impacts of widespread lead contamination resulting from used lead battery recycling plants operating in developing countries.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Washington, DC
Integrity in Science program, to expose the influence of corporate interests on scientific research publications and environmental policy.

Climate Group
New York, NY
Advancing U.S. Leadership on Climate Change, to develop and advance best practices to assist companies in reducing emissions and educate the media on the economic benefits of acting on climate change.

Community Rights Counsel
Washington, DC
Global Warming, Federalism and the Courts, to help win critical legal cases that promote and expand state and local leadership on climate change issues.

Oakland, CA
Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage campaign, to defend and protect the country's environmental laws from anti-environmental policies and litigation.

Forest Stewardship Council - U.S.
Washington, DC
Controlled Wood Resource Center, an online guidance tool that will serve as a central repository of high-level conservation data and ecological maps.

Global Community Monitor
San Francisco, CA
Train international and U.S. communities adjacent to factories to use pollution monitoring tools and organize local campaigns for environmental justice.

Global Witness
Washington, DC
Equitable Forest Policy Project, to generate new laws to ban the import of illegally produced timber and encourage environmentally sound alternatives to industrial scale logging.

Pesticide Action Network North America Regional Center
San Francisco, CA
International Programs to Reduce Pesticide Use, to reduce pesticide use worldwide and actively promote environmentally responsible alternatives.

Special Projects

Conservation Fund
Arlington, VA
National Forum on Children and Nature, to raise awareness of and support for 20 national demonstration projects that reconnect children with nature.


Strengthen the Jewish Community
Newton, MA
Increase the inclusion and participation of interfaith families in Jewish life.

Jewish Film Festival
San Francisco, CA
New Jewish Filmmakers Project, to enable teens to explore Jewish issues through filmmaking.

Mayyim Hayyim
Newton, MA
Mainstream: The Mikveh Outreach Project, to expand Jewish lifecycles and programs in San Francisco to include mikveh. A total grant of $120,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Middle East Media Research Institute
Washington, DC
Anti-Semitism Documentation project, to expose Arab-generated anti-Semitism by providing real-time translation of every major Arab television channel.

Shalom Bayit
Oakland, CA
Support services for Jewish women who are the victims of domestic abuse.

Spark: Partnership for Service Baltimore, MD $180,000 Bay Area Jewish Service Learning Project, to support a center for Jewish teens to engage in community service within a Jewish framework.

The Curriculum Initiative
New York, NY
Develop and enhance the Jewish identity of students at private high schools in the Bay Area.

Combat Anti-Semitism

American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Chevy Chase, MD
Bring four Israeli scholars to serve as visiting professors at universities in Northern California.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC
Global Classroom: Web Translation Initiative, to translate the Museum's online Holocaust encyclopedia into multiple languages.

Workshop on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Larkspur, CA
Bring professors who teach about the Arab-Israeli conflict to Israel with the goal of engendering more balanced and nuanced university teaching about Israel. A total grant of $280,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2009.

Support a Democratic and Progressive State of Israel

Coalition for Public Health
Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel
Capacity building for coalition of grassroots environmental organizations working towards limiting the impacts of pollution on health. A total grant of $200,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Open Landscape Institute
Tel Aviv, Israel
Move land use policy in Israel to more suitable and sustainable standards. A total grant of $400,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.


Protect and Expand Reproductive Rights

Center for Reproductive Rights
New York, NY
Domestic Legal Program, to use legal strategies to advance reproductive freedom in the United States.

Feminist Majority Foundation
Beverly Hills, CA
Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics, to develop and conduct a research and action campaign to educate the public about the disingenuous tactics of crisis pregnancy centers. A total grant of $600,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Reproductive Health Access Project
New York, NY
Expand access to abortion and other reproductive health services in primary care settings.

Stabilize Global Population Growth

New York, NY
Youth Programs, to incorporate youth programs in India, Ethiopia and Guatemala to delay the age of marriage and early pregnancy.

Ibis Reproductive Health
Cambridge, MA
Middle East and North Africa Program, to expand knowledge of and access to reproductive health, services and information through research and development of educational materials.

Sierra Club Foundation
San Francisco, CA
Global Population and Environment Program, to protect the global environment and preserve natural resources by slowing population growth through access to family planning.

Special Initiatives

Comprehensive Sexuality Education Initiative:
A total of $2,600,000 was awarded in 2007 to eight leading organizations to promote the use of science-based comprehensive education programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Center for Health and Gender Equity
Takoma Park, MD
U.S. Global Initiative for Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, to advocate for U.S. global funding and policies that ensure a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights. A total grant of $300,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Centre for the Study of Adolescence
Nairobi, Kenya
Reproductive Health, Gender and HIV/AIDS Program, to promote comprehensive health care in Kenya through research, advocacy and direct education. A total grant of $250,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Family Care International
New York, NY
Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Education for Adolescents, to produce culturally-appropriate sexuality education materials and train educators in select countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to use the materials and integrate the topics into their ongoing work. A total grant of $200,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Legal Momentum
New York, NY
National Campaign to Oppose Abstinence-only Education Programs, to challenge the constitutional legality of federally-funded abstinence-only education programs based on gender discrimination. A total grant of $400,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Ms. Foundation for Women
New York, NY
Sexuality Education Advocacy Initiative, to build the capacity of local policy groups working against federally-funded abstinence-only programs at the state level. A total grant of $500,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
New York, NY
Adolescent Reproductive Health Education Project, to train health care providers to practice proactive adolescent reproductive health care. A total grant of $400,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Population Action International
Washington, DC
U.S. Policy Impact Project, to monitor, document and evaluate the impact of U.S. foreign assistance for family planning and reproductive health on women and families in developing countries. A total grant of $350,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
New York, NY
Community Preparedness Project, to mobilize parents, teachers, school board members and administrators in support of comprehensive sex education programs in their communities. A total grant of $200,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.


Support Capital Needs of Community Institutions

Marine Mammal Center
Sausalito, CA
Expand and renovate facilities of the largest marine mammal rehabilitation and rescue center in the world.

Oakland Museum of California Foundation
Oakland, CA
Museum of California Campaign, to renovate the Gallery of California Natural Sciences which educates a diverse population about California's unique environment.

Special Projects

Holiday Grants:
Since 1994, the Goldman Fund has supported a Holiday Grant program to help local nonprofit organizations provide for those in need during the holiday season.

In 2007, each of the following San Francisco-based organizations received a $5,000 Holiday Grant for a total of $130,000:

A Home Away from Homelessness
AIDS Emergency Fund
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Compass Community Services
Dolores Street Community Services
Episcopal Community Services - Canon Kip Senior Center
Family Service Agency of San Francisco
Florence Crittenton Services
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center of San Francisco
Grupo de la Comida
Haight-Ashbury Food Program
Homeless Children's Network
La Casa de las Madres
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Martin de Porres House of Hospitality
North & South of Market Adult Day Health
Potrero Hill Neighborhood House
Project Open Hand
St. Anthony Foundation
San Francisco Adult Day Support Program
San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program
Self Help for the Elderly
Seniors' Emergency Grocery Bag Program
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association
Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center


Clean Water Initiative: Providing Access to Safe Water and Improved Sanitation
A total of $3,470,000 was awarded in 2007 to six leading organizations working with communities to deliver clean water and sanitation in developing countries around the world.

Atlanta, GA
Water Programs in East Africa, to enhance the livelihoods of poor communities through equitable access, efficient use and sustainable management of water sources. A total grant of $800,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Engineers Without Borders - USA
Longmont, CO
Global Water Initiative, to help identify, design and implement water and sanitation solutions in Tanzania, India and Latin America. A total grant of $400,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

KickStart International
San Francisco, CA
To develop and market a low-tech water pump that delivers otherwise inaccessible deep ground water to rural community farmers in Mali. A total grant of $650,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

Solar Cookers International
Sacramento, CA
Safe Water Package Project, to distribute water testing and solar pasteurization kits in western Kenya and train community members in their use. A total grant of $220,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

WaterAid America
New York, NY
Rural Water and Sanitation Projects in Africa and Asia, to ensure that the poorest communities in the world have access to safe water, effective sanitation and hygiene education. A total grant of $900,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.

WaterPartners International
Kansas City, MO
Help rural communities access safe water and improve hygiene facilities in East Africa, Ethiopia and India. A total grant of $500,000 was awarded in 2007, payable from 2007 to 2008.


About the Goldman Fund
Since its establishment in 1951 by San Francisco philanthropists and civic leaders Richard and Rhoda Goldman, the Goldman Fund has contributed more than a half-billion dollars to a variety of charitable causes in San Francisco, as well as nationally and internationally. The Fund supports programs that focus on improving the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area, the environment and Jewish affairs.

Photo credits: Stern Grove Festival: Scott Wall | Baykeeper: Courtesy of the organization