Golden Goldman Fund

The Golden Goldman Philanthropic Fund’s mission is to maximize local impact in support of: Women’s issues including reproduction and choice; Arts and Culture; Literacy; Reducing Income Inequality; and Judaism.

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“Over the past 25 years, Grant Golden MD and Deborah Goldman have been faithful and fruitful supporters of many local not-for-profits here in Western New York.” – New Phoenix Theatre

The Golden Goldman Fund Impact

Deborah and Grant are remarkably thoughtful philanthropists.  They approach opportunities with an eye toward the potential impact they can generate, investing in projects that advance the values they hold dear.  When they contacted the Buffalo Museum of Science with an interest in serving the Museum’s neighbors, it was easy to identify a project that met their objectives of increasing access and opportunity, while forwarding the museum’s mission.  Since that initial venture, Deborah and Grant have invested in a number of projects at the Museum.  With each, they have brought a clear vision, and deeply generous spirit.

—Marisa Wiggleworth, President & CEO, Buffalo Museum of Science

Some Recent Grantees and their Projects

  • $33,700 to Temple Beth Zion for new High Holiday Prayer Books
  • $15,000 to the Erie County Public Library for the “B is for Book” program
  • $25,000 to Planned Parenthood of CWNY for the Promise for Tomorrow project
  • $5,000 to Explore Buffalo to support their shift to virtual programming
  • $12,700 to the Buffalo Zoo for a new portable x-ray machine
  • $15,000 to Kleinhans to remodel the Musician’s Lounge
  • $12,000 to Say Yes Buffalo for curriculum kits
  • $8,000 to Buffalo Jewish Federation to support PJ Library
  • $15,000 to The Road Less Traveled to remodel their lobby
  • $55,000 to The Jacobs School of Medicine for artwork
  • $15,000 to Just Buffalo Literary Center Civil Writes Project
  • $20,000 for the Steinway piano in the new WNED performance space

Grant Golden MD and Deborah Goldman

Dr. Grant Golden wears a number of hats in our community. He has been practicing radiology in Buffalo since 1981 and with Seton Imaging for the past 20 years. Dr Laszlo Tabar, internationally famous mammographer, has been his friend and mentor. Grant has written the scores (and some of the books) for several locally produced musicals and ran the Old Chestnut Film Society for more than 35 years. He reviewed local plays on the radio, WBEN and WBFO, for 20 years before making the switch to Buffalo Rising.  Grant also serves on the board of Congregation Beth Abraham in the Elmwood Village.

Deborah Goldman is the Co-Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and is a member of the Buffalo Jewish Federation Board of Governors.  She has served as Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York, and in numerous volunteer leadership roles in the Jewish and general Buffalo Community. After serving in local government, Deborah is currently a consultant for behavioral health agencies, counties, and not-for-profits across New York State, and for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

Grant and Deborah live near Delaware Park with their dog Cora, and cats Ella and Felix. They have three adult children, and two grandchildren.

“We love living in Buffalo and appreciate everything that the community has to offer. We have been fortunate, and we genuinely enjoy supporting our community”.    

The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies would be honored to assist you and your family in preserving your legacy.

Irving H. Levy, Executive Director
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