David B. Gold Foundation


Contact Information


The David B. Gold Foundation is a family foundation based in San Francisco dedicated to developing positive human potential and enriching the quality of life in the communities it serves. The foundation supports self-sufficiency, dignity and respect for oneself, the community and the environment.

Funding Interests

The foundation is committed to protecting natural resources. To preserve and enhance the quality of the environment, the foundation supports programs that work to reduce toxic emissions and waste, preserve open space, promote sustainable agriculture and educate the community about environmental issues.

Geographic Focus

The foundation funds organizations that have an impact in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and Minneapolis/St. Paul. On occasion, the Foundation funds national projects that are particularly relevant to the Foundation's mission.

Types of Support

Funding is available for projects, general support, capital projects and land acquisition.

Grant Size

$10000 to $50000

Requirements & Limitations

The foundation does not award grants to individuals (including projects for research, conferences, scholarships, musical works or film). An applying organization must be incorporated as a nonprofit corporation that is not a private foundation pursuant to the 1969 Tax Reform Act. Applicants must have evidence of current tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3).

Application Process

Organizations with projects that fall within the Foundation's stated areas of interest and funding parameters may submit an online inquiry by using the foundation's website.
Applicants are invited to submit an online inquiry at any time. Within six weeks of submitting the online inquiry form, applicants will be notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal. Please do not submit a full proposal unless invited to do so. A decision to invite applicants to submit a full proposal will be provided within three months. However, this time may vary.


The board considers grant applications four times per year.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: San Bruno Mountain Watch, Brisbane, CA
Amount: $10000
Purpose: Funding was given for open space and habitat conservation. Mountain Watch's mission is to preserve and protect San Bruno Mountain's Native American village sites and endangered habitats from further destruction by invasive non-native plants and urban sprawl. The group also seeks to educate the public about environmental issues regarding San Bruno Mountain.<br><br> \

Grant 2

Grantee: Trust for Public Lands<br>
Amount: $50000

Funding was given for the San Francisco Bay Area Program. Over the last thirty years, the Trust for Public Land has created, protected or restored more than 125 special places throughout the nine Bay Area counties, totaling more than 24,000 acres--the equivalent of 24 Golden Gate Parks.

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