2022 Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award
The 2022 Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award goes to Fred and Emma Goltz.
The Goltzs have volunteered with March of Dimes for close to two decades and have had a significant impact on modernizing the organization.
In 2010, they chaired the capital campaign to raise 20 million dollars for the Prematurity Research Center at Stanford.
More recently, they actively led the development of a venture philanthropy fund, the March of Dimes Innovation Fund, created to solve the world’s most pressing maternal and infant health challenges by developing therapeutics and diagnostics.
They’ve volunteered hundreds of hours to build the vision, strategy, governance, processes and communications of the Fund from the ground up.
The Goltzs have served in multiple local and significant national roles to help March of Dimes fight for the health of all moms and babies and are true leaders who inspire with their passion and dedication to the cause.
Fred and Emma Goltz became involved with March of Dimes after giving birth to three preterm babies. They credit March of Dimes with saving their son’s life due to our research that led to surfactant therapy. As a way to show their gratitude, they’ve volunteered with us for close to two decades and have had a significant impact on modernizing the organization.
While living in the Bay Area, they gave significant amounts of time, leadership level gifts and guidance based on their professional and personal expertise in support of moms and babies.
In 2010, they launched and started chairing a capital campaign to raise $20 million for the Prematurity Research Center at Stanford.
They also connected March of Dimes to the right consulting and technical resources, which led to a Major Gifts infrastructure update within the organization.
The Goltzs actively led the development of a venture philanthropy fund, the March of Dimes Innovation Fund, created to solve the world’s most pressing maternal and infant health challenges by developing therapeutics and diagnostics.
They’ve volunteered hundreds of hours to build the vision, strategy, governance, processes and communications of the Fund from the ground up. Fred has an extensive background in private equity and business deals, and Emma has a banking background and expertise in philanthropy—which make them the perfect candidates to lead this effort. Plain and simple, we would not have the Innovation Fund without Fred and Emma Goltz.
Additionally, Fred was instrumental in the creation of a purpose-built company with March of Dimes that led to the development of a new company that is a tech-enabled, virtual care platform that supports OB-GYN practices to improve patient care and outcomes by complementing their scope of care.
Now residing in London, Fred and Emma have involved their high-school aged children in their philanthropy. Over the last three years, The Goltz’s provided professional expertise, countless hours building strategy, invaluable guidance and significant funding to start the March of Dimes Innovation Fund, which will launch this fall.
The Goltzs have also served in multiple local roles and significant national roles:
Local: Bay Area MFB Family Teams Chair, Bay Area Division (market) Board member. California Chapter: Co-Chair of Prematurity Research Center Capital Campaign for Stanford
National: National Campaign to End Preterm Birth Committee, Innovation Fund Investment Committee and Fundraising Chairs
Congratulations, Fred and Emma Goltz for being our 2022 Elaine Whitelaw Volunteer Service Award winners!