Evan Goldman, a partner at Goldman & Goldman, P.A. in Lutherville, has philanthropy ingrained in him. The 38-year-old recently won The Associated’s Harry Greenstein Young Leadership Award, which recognized his growth and leadership potential. The award earned him a trip to the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in Israel. The JT caught up with Goldman to hear about his charitable activities and how he helps others with their charitable endeavors.
JT: Tell us about the scope of your philanthropy.
Goldman: I grew up around charitable giving. When I moved back to Baltimore [in 2000], I did young leadership training through The Associated, and then I joined the National Cabinet and did that for six years. I sit on the board of The Associated — my third term. I sit on the board of the American Jewish Committee.
What philanthropic activities have you taken part in at The Associated?
I’ve done everything from trying to raise money to [tackling] issues related to real estate, to Israel and to working to engage younger community members.
How do you help your clients with their charitable giving?
I help people create charitable trusts, and I help people [determine the causes to which they want to earmark] their charitable giving. I help people put their wishes on paper. I think a lot of people have charitable wishes, and they’re not exactly sure what to do and how to preserve them when they die. We help people, through their wills, to continue their charitable giving when they’re no longer around.
How charitable is the Baltimore community?
I think Baltimore is a thriving, very philanthropic community. It’s hard to say we couldn’t do more, because everyone could always do more. But I think Baltimore is a great community, and the Baltimore community is committed to Jewish causes.
Were your parents involved in charitable giving when you were growing up?
My parents have always taught me that it’s important to give back and support your community, and they took me to Super Sunday [The Associated’s annual campaign phonathon] when I was a kid and encouraged us [my siblings and I] to get involved. [My wife and I] are doing the best to teach our kids that it’s important to help others and be strong members of the community. My hope is in 20 years someone will be calling [them] about what they have done and how they have been good members of the community.
Marc Shapiro is a JT staff reporter — firstname.lastname@example.org