Day of Philanthropy 2019

Let's take the journey together.

Online registration for Day of Philanthropy is now closed. If you would like to attend, please email us or call 415.512.6248.

Join the Bay Area’s most influential leaders, donors, and philanthropists for our marquee event. 

Bringing together humanitarians, changemakers, professional advisors, and fundholders to celebrate the legacy and evolution of philanthropy.

Registration, 11:00 am • Luncheon, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

We are proud to announce that this year’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker Sandy Weill, Global Philanthropist and Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup. Sandy will be interviewed by Dan Safier, President & CEO of Prado Group and former chair of the Federation’s Endowment Committee.

A VIP ticket purchase will include a Pre-Reception with Sandy Weill from 11:00 - 11:45.


Alvin H. Baum, Jr. 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.

Storytelling with Inspiring Leaders 2:15

Join Alvin H. Baum, Jr. and his husband, Robert Holgate as they speak about decades of leadership in the Jewish, arts, and LGBT communities. Learn more about what motivates their giving and participation in San Francisco civic life for more than 50 years. 


Day of Philanthropy Co-Chairs

Shira Gasarch and Adean Golub

Host Committee*

Julie Arnheim
Adrienne Bavar
Ann Peckenpaugh Becker
Josh Becker

Valli Benesch and Bob Tandler
Jackson Berler
Stuart Bernstein
Lynn Bunim
Julie Chaiken
Daniel E. Cohn 
Sandy Colen
Dana Corvin

Joe Felson
Amy Friedkin
Marcia and John Goldman
Nancy and Stephen Grand
Oren Henry and David Rak

Lyla Holdstein
Erin Kahn
Lily Kanter
Olivia Katz
Ron and Barbara Kaufman
Margot Langsdorf
Laura Lauder
Nellie Levchin
Moses Libitzky
Susan Mall
Jessica Minkoff
Eve Myers

Sarah Persitz 
Julia Popowitz
Lisa S. Pritzker

Varda Rabin
Tali Ronen


Barbara and Richard Rosenberg
Alan Rothenberg
Eileen Ruby
Susan Saal
Jackie and Dan Safier
Dave Saxe
Dorothy Saxe
Jim Scheinman
David Steirman
Roselyne Chroman Swig

Sean Taube
Carol and Norm Traeger
Marilyn Waldman
Jaime Wheeler
Howard Zack
Harold Zlot

*Host list is current as of 11.8.2019


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 19, 2019
11:00 AM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco


Organized By: 
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
Event Contact Person: 
Michelle Aerov
Sanford (Sandy) Weill
Sandy Weill is Chairman Emeritus of Citigroup and CEO of Casa Rosa Ventures. In 2017, Sandy was named to the World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds by Forbes in celebration of their centennial. In 2014, he was named to CNBC’s First 25, a definitive list of 25 people around the world who have had the greatest influence in business over the past quarter century. He is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and has served on numerous corporate boards, including Hamilton Insurance Group (Chairman), United Technologies, AT&T, E. I. Du Pont Nemours and Company, and Koc Holding in Turkey. Sandy was the recipient of Financial World Magazine’s CEO of the Year Award in 1998 and received the same honor from Chief Executive Magazine in 2002.

In 2015, Sandy retired as Chairman of Weill Cornell Medicine after 20 years and is now Chairman Emeritus. He also retired as Chairman of Carnegie Hall in 2015 after serving in this capacity for 24 years and assumed the role of President, joining his mentor the late violinist Isaac Stern, as only the second person to hold the title of President since Carnegie Hall was established as a non-profit in 1960. Long a proponent of education, Mr. Weill instituted a joint program with the New York City Board of Education in 1980 that created the Academy of Finance, which trains high school students for careers in financial services. He serves as Founder and Chairman of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), which oversees 109,800 students in 617 career-themed Academies of Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering and Health Sciences. Ninety-seven percent of NAF’s students graduate, with 90% having plans to pursue post-secondary education – often as the first in their families to attend college. In addition, Sandy is Chairman of the Executive Council at University of California, San Francisco; Chairman of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation; Member of the Board of Visitors at the University of California, Berkeley; Member of the Chancellor’s Board of Advisors at the University of California, Davis; and Honorary Chair of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). In 2016, Sandy retired as Chairman of Weill Hall and the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Sandy has received honorary degrees from Bank Street College of Education; Howard University; Hofstra University; the University of New Haven; Sonoma State University; and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. He is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences and he and his wife of 64 years, Joan, are recipients of the 2009 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and 2017 Kennedy Center Award for the Human Spirit.
Alvin H. Baum, Jr.
Alvin (Al) grew up in Highland Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), and moved to San Francisco in January 1958, following his discharge from the U.S. Army in Berlin. He already had his BA from Harvard College and his JD from Harvard Law School, and was hired by Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, where he spent 5 years as a young associate lawyer. In 1963 he left the law practice (without regret) and went to UC Berkeley to obtain a master’s degree in City & Regional Planning. Upon graduating, he joined the newly-created SF Bay Conservation & Development Commission (BCDC) and in his 6½ years there became its deputy director and wrote the regulations that to this day protect the Bay. He left BCDC in 1972 and for the next 12 years he had a small private firm practicing city planning, in addition to serving 4 months as a Peace Corps trainer in Botswana and a having a sideline of real estate investment and renovation. In 1984 he returned again to UC Berkeley, this time to obtain a master’s degree in Social Welfare. With this degree, Al became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and built a private practice of psychotherapy. He closed his practice in his late 70’s and has since enjoyed a busy retirement.

Along with his careers, Al has been active in civic and charitable activities, including: member of the San Francisco Planning Commission, 1962-64; Treasurer and Director, ACLU of Northern California, 1976-82; Founding Board Member of New Israel Fund, 1979-83; Director, Jewish Family & Children's Service of San Francisco, 1984-90; and Director, Lambda Legal 1994-2000. Al was a director of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund from 1995-2010, and also served as a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Human Resources Committee, and founding Chair of the LGBT Alliance. In addition, Al served as Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and a member of its Executive Committee, 1996-2006, and founding Board member of the Access Institute for Psychological Services, 2002-04.

Prior to the Robert Sinton Award, other organizations have recognized Al’s contributions: the Silver SPUR Award (1996) --appropriate since he had coined the acronym SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association) in 1960 when the unwieldy former name was changed; the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Community Service Award (2006); the Human Rights Campaign’s James C. Hormel Community Service Award (1996) and its Charles M. Holmes Award (2006); and the Adelman-Gurevitch Founders Award given by Open House (2012) . In addition, Al was the Lifetime Achievement Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade in 2013.

In May 2004, in connection with moving from the Green Street house where he had lived for 40 years, Al met Robert Holgate, an interior designer, and after six months they formed a relationship that has endured and grown in the fifteen years since. They were legally married on their tenth anniversary in 2014, and still do the worldwide traveling that they enjoy. Robert has begun to replicate Al’s roles in the community and is the first non-Jewish member of the Board of Keshet. Together they are the guardians of Buddy Holgate-Baum, an 11-year-old dachshund-terrier mix.