Day of Philanthropy 2018

Bringing together our community's greatest assets – our donors, fundholders, leaders, and professional advisors – to celebrate philanthropic intention, legacy, and impact.

We are currently at capacity and are working hard to make additional room. Please email to be added to our waiting list. Thank you.

The Federation is thrilled to welcome Marc Benioff, Chairman and Co-CEO of Salesforce, as our keynote speaker at this year's Day of Philanthropy. Marc will be interviewed by Adam Lashinsky, Executive Editor of Fortune Magazine.

We are also honored to present John Goldman with the Robert Sinton Award for Distinguished Leadership. In honor of Mr. Sinton, a businessman and community leader whose dedication to the Federation and other Bay Area organizations spanned more than five decades, this leadership award embodies his passion for Jewish communal volunteerism and includes a financial stipend to a Jewish agency or organization chosen by the recipient. Read More

The Afternoon Session will Feature Storytelling with Inspiring Leaders
John Goldman and his daughter Jessica Goldman Foung will speak about the importance of philanthropy, leadership, community, and how Jewish values inspire and drive their family to improve the world.


Day of Philanthropy Co-Chairs:
Shira Gasarch, Wendy Kesser, and Alison Gelb Pincus

Host Committee

Judith Aptekar
Pam Baer
Adrienne Bavar
Jackson Berler
Julie Chaiken
Dana Corvin
Jennifer Dryan Smorgon
Nanci Bakar Fredkin
Adean Golub
Russell Halper
Lyla Holdstein
Ellen Kahn

Erin Kahn
Tom Kasten
Kate Kastenbaum
Ron Kaufman
Margot Langsdorf
Laura Lauder
Nellie Levchin
Susan Mall
Emma Mayerson
Liza Meckler
Phyllis Moldaw
Eve Myers
Tali Ronen

Laura Rooklin
Marci Rosenfeld
Danna Rubin
Olga Rybak
David Saxe
Dorothy Saxe
Shelli Semler
Sophie Sharp
Lisa Stone Pritzker
Bob Tandler
Sean Taube
Marilyn Waldman
Steve Zellinger

*as of 9.31.18

Federation Leadership:

James Heeger, Chair, Board of Directors
Laura Lauder, Chair, Endowment Committee
Danny Grossman, Chief Executive Officer
Joy Sisisky, Chief Philanthropy Officer


For corporate sponsorship, VIP tickets, interest in joining the host committee, and general questions please contact us.

November 13, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco


Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Rachel Kaber
Marc Benioff, Keynote Speaker
Marc Benioff is Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.

Under Benioff's leadership, Salesforce is the fastest-growing top-five enterprise software company and the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.

Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999, and it is now a Fortune 500 company with more than 30,000 employees, guided by four core values — trust, customer success, innovation and equality. The company has been recognized as the Most Innovative Company by Forbes, the #1 Best Place to Work by Fortune, and the 15th Most Admired Company in the World by Fortune.

Benioff was named “Innovator of the Decade” by Forbes, ranked #3 on Fortune's 2017 "Businessperson of the Year" list, and recognized as one of the World’s 25 Greatest Leaders by Fortune and 10 Best-Performing CEOs by Harvard Business Review. For his leadership on equality, Benioff has been honored by GLAAD, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative and Variety Magazine with its EmPOWerment Award.

Building a different kind of company, Benioff created Salesforce to not only develop great products, but also to have a positive impact on the world. On day 1, Benioff created the 1-1-1 model of philanthropy, which leverages the resources of Salesforce to improve communities around the world. Today, more than 6,000 companies have adopted the 1-1-1 model through the Pledge 1% movement.

Benioff and his wife, Lynne, have focused their philanthropy on children’s health, the environment, public education and homelessness. The Benioffs have given more than $250 million to the University of California, San Francisco to build UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2016, they created the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to study and solve ocean issues around the world.

A member of the World Economic Forum ("WEF") Board of Trustees, Benioff serves as the inaugural Chair of WEF's Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

Before launching Salesforce, Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, where he was the youngest vice president in company history. When he was 14 years old, he sold his first piece of software, “How to Juggle,” for $75. He founded his first company, Liberty Software, which created video games, at the age of 15.

Benioff received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where he is on its Board of Trustees. In 2014, USC awarded Benioff an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Adam Lashinsky
Adam Lashinsky is executive editor of FORTUNE, where he oversees all live events and technology-industry coverage. In addition to writing features for the magazine, Lashinsky is editorial director of FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech, an annual conference in Aspen, Colo.; co-chair of the annual FORTUNE Global Forum; and columnist for the daily newsletter Data Sheet. Having joined FORTUNE in 2001, his coverage has ranged from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, including feature stories on diverse topics including venture capital, private equity, oil exploration and the economic recovery of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The subjects of his multiple cover stories have included Apple, Google, Amazon, Nike, Dell, Facebook and Alibaba.

Lashinsky is the author of Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, released in May, 2017, as well as the 2012 New York Times bestseller Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works. He is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lashinsky was based in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Tokyo before moving to California 20 years ago.
John Goldman, Recipient of the Robert Sinton Award for Distinguished Leadership
John Goldman grew up in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, the second of four children of the late philanthropists and community leaders Richard Goldman and Rhoda Haas Goldman. Along with his siblings, John was instilled with a dedication to the city and its institutions. He graduated from San Francisco's Lick-Wilmerding High School and went east to get a bachelor's degree at Swarthmore College in suburban Philadelphia.

After returning to the Bay Area to earn an MBA at Stanford, Goldman worked for several years in Sacramento at the Office of the Legislative Analyst and serving as California's assistant secretary of transportation. Eventually he joined his father as an associate and then CEO with Goldman Insurance Services. He married Marcia, who he was set up with at the wedding of a mutual cousin. The Goldmans have two children: Aaron and Jessica.

Aside from being active in John and Marcia Goldman Foundation, which makes grants in support of at-risk children, autism and the arts, he is a member of the Jewish Community Federation’s Board of Governors (as well as a past president), a board member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, and is the former president of Jewish Family and Children's Services and the San Francisco Symphony, where he was president for 12 years. He has been a trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts since his appointment by President Obama in 2014 and serves on too many family foundations to count.

A Masters swimmer for over 15 years, John swims three or four mornings a week indoors and once or twice a year in the San Francisco Bay. He calls this strenuous one-hour workout "the best anti-aging antidote I know."