Sylvan Goldman – the inventor of the grocery cart – was an incredibly generous man. Together with his wife, during his life Goldman developed a reputation for his giving, charitable, philanthropic nature.
Much of this was encountered in the art industry, in particular in institutions in Oklahoma. Some of these examples include: his generosity to the National Conference of Christians and Jews at the Southwest Center for Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma.
For his generosity he was honored in a variety of ways. These include:
- 1950: Pawnee Indian Tribe – Honorary Chief
- 1965: Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award
- 1971: University of Oklahoma – Distinguished Service Citation
- 1971: Oklahoma Hall of Fame – Inducted
- 1974: Oklahoma City University – Law Degree
Also, thanks to his $1.5 million generosity, the Oklahoma Blood Institute was able to relocate to the Sylvan N. Goldman Center in 1983.