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    Al Baum (Posthumously) and Mollie Stone’s Markets to Be Honored on National Philanthropy Day

    National Philanthropy Day, November 18, was established to recognize and pay tribute to the meaningful contributions that philanthropy—and those active in our own philanthropic community—make to our lives, communities, and world. This year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Golden Gate Chapter will join chapters across the country and around the world on November 18 to present National Philanthropy Day 2021 virtually, and honor individuals, organizations and businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area who generously give their time, talents, and resources for the enrichment and benefit of our communities.

    This year’s awardees include Alvin H. Baum, Jr., who posthumously will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor. A member of the LGBTQ community, Baum (1930–2021) was the focus of the April 8, 2021, issue of the San Francisco Bay Times. From his support of Openhouse to the National Center for Lesbian Rights and numerous other nonprofits, Baum gave generously not only of his earnings but also of his time and tremendous skills. His husband Robert Holgate, a Bay Times columnist, carries on Baum’s legacy and is known for his own efforts concerning local and national social justice causes.

    Mollie Stone’s Markets will also be honored, with AFP’s Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker award. With nine Mollie Stone’s Markets in the Bay Area—including one in the Castro—and 700 employees, Mollie Stone’s is proud to work with local growers and brands around the greater Bay Area to bring customers high quality products in every aisle along with superior customer service.

    Mollie Stone’s has expressed a commitment to serving local communities by helping to strengthen them, and especially during times of need. Whether there is a pandemic, fire, power outage, or investing in the future of the LGBTQ and other communities, Mollie Stone’s strives to help by donating to local hospitals, foodbanks, schools, first-responders, and various nonprofits through direct financial support, food, PPE, time volunteered, and customer match programs.

    Mike Stone, owner and CEO of the business, feels strongly about giving and says, “There is no greater need during one’s lifetime than to support our community.” He adds, “If I can make a difference in one person’s life, what greater gift is there?”

    The full list of honorees for National Philanthropy Day 2021 is at

    Published on November 18, 2021