Current Focus Areas

Jewish Life

Since its founding, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation has sought to sustain a healthy, vibrant and connected Jewish community that welcomes everyone and inspires each individual - and in particular young adults 22-40 years of age - to explore what Judaism has to offer. By supporting organizations and experiences that welcome and connect Jews of all types, and by sustaining important community institutions, our investments will ensure a healthy future for every member of the Jewish community. There are four specific goals for our Jewish Life grants:

  • Infusing spirituality and life into the Jewish experience
  • Supporting the needs of dynamic, innovative programs that are paving the way for positive change and strengthening the Jewish community
  • Promoting a stronger Jewish identity and instilling leadership skills among less connected young adults
  • Protecting Jewish communities from anti-Semitism

Sustainable Agriculture

The Foundation began work in 2010 to identify ways to support local farms and farmers in New York State and to increase the amount of nutritious, locally produced food served in New York City school meals. Without a concerted effort to protect local farmland, empower a new generation of local farmers and provide both nutrition education and local food to our children, New York will sacrifice a vital element of its history, culture and economy. There are four specific goals for our Sustainable Agriculture grants:

  • Preserving land for farm production in Suffolk County and the Hudson River Valley
  • Helping farmers receive the business and agricultural training, capital access and public advocacy they need to be successful
  • Supporting programs that educate schoolchildren and their families about the benefits of growing and eating nutritious, local food
  • Eliminating the systemic barriers that prevent local food producers from distributing to city-based institutions such as schools, community centers and health care facilities


In addition to our primary program areas, the Foundation works closely with several long-term partners.

Important note for grant seekers: Our work in Israel is almost exclusively focused on our partnership with Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, and our work in the fields of cancer and healthcare is done almost exclusively with Northwell Health, the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. We are not currently seeking proposals in these areas.

American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University, in Israel’s Negev region, hosts one of the country’s leading medical schools. The school and its affiliated hospitals and health centers serve the southern half of the country. The medical school at Ben-Gurion University, which is named after Joyce and Irving Goldman, plays a critical role in the health and care of the Negev's diverse population, including Bedouin and immigrant communities. The Foundation has been a major partner of the medical school over the past 20 years, and has provided funding for buildings, equipment, medical research, scholarships and an endowment.

Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System)

For over three decades, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation has supported Northwell Health’s dedication to being a national health care leader. Northwell Health improves the well-being of the communities it serves by providing the highest quality clinical care, educating the current and future generations of health care professionals, searching for new advances in medicine through bio-medical research and caring for the entire community regardless of the ability to pay.

The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC)

For more than two decades, the National Breast Cancer Coalition has been a leader in the effort to find a cure for breast cancer. NBCC is the premier advocacy organization working to increase public funding for breast cancer research. The organization also develops and invests in research to discover pathways to a cure, and trains women who have had the disease to work with scientists and researchers to provide the patient’s perspective as new studies and treatment protocols are developed. NBCC’s mission is to find a path to curing breast cancer by 2020.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation has been a partner of the Foundation since 1999. Arnold Gold and his wife Sandra began their work to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for patients in medical education because they believed that it would produce better outcomes for patients and strengthen the performance and resilience of medical professionals. The Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation is particularly proud to be a longtime supporter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which has recognized more than 23,000 individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.