Dick Goldberg , Coming of Age
Coming of Age

After working 25 years as a writer, Dick followed his heart and helped launch a Philadelphia nonprofit that helps individuals explore their future.

Dick Goldberg began his encore career as director of Coming of Age after working as a freelance writer for 25 years. He wrote an off-Broadway drama, Family Business; episodes of the PBS-TV series, American Playhouse, and two TV series, Kate and Allie and MacGyver; a feature film, The Imagemaker; and the Franklin Institute Omnimax film Philadelphia Anthem. He’s also written book and restaurant reviews for The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer and was a Guggenheim fellow.

During the latter part of his career, he became increasingly involved as a volunteer for nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Anti-Defamation League. He found the work very satisfying and began to think about a career switch to the nonprofit sector.

In 2004, when his daughter suggested that he look for a job on Idealist.org if he was “really serious about finding a job where you make a difference,” he took the bait. When he discovered Coming of Age was seeking a director, he knew that it was the right opportunity.

As director, Goldberg has overseen the organization’s growth from a local venture in Philadelphia to replication in four other areas: Delaware state, Kansas City, the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Pennsylvania. This fall Coming of Age will welcome Austin, Texas, to its network. The initiative has several more communities in its replication pipeline.

Coming of Age offers training, workshops and other activities to help people over age 50 explore their future and connect and contribute to their communities. It also helps nonprofits capture the energy and expertise of this underutilized population. It is a partnership of the Intergenerational Center at Temple University, Philadelphia PBS/NPR station WHYY, AARP Pennsylvania and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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