Jewish Women's Fund

Welcome to the San Francisco Jewish Women’s Fund (SFJWF) of the Federation—a giving circle dedicated to helping women and girls in the local Jewish community thrive. Now in its fourth year, the SFJWF offers a communal, meaningful, and relevant way to direct philanthropy to initiatives and programs that support women and girls, primarily in the Bay Area, but with consideration given to national and Israeli projects.

Board Member Documents

Who We Are

Founded in 2014 under the leadership of esteemed philanthropist Lisa Goldman, the SFJWF sought to involve more Jewish women in leadership and community. Lisa's vision anticipated a growing interest in hands-on grantmaking and women's desire for philanthropic education. Understanding that some of today's most pressing issues are disproportionately faced by women and girls, Lisa saw an opportunity to direct women's growing philanthropic power to respond to these challenges. Each participant of the SFJWF donates a minimum of $10,000 to leverage grantmaking for collective impact.

SFJWF participants range widely in age, Jewish practice, engagement, affiliation, and philanthropic experience. Participants share a commitment to working together, learning from each other, and mentoring one another. In the tradition of l’dor v'dor, participants think carefully about supporting the generation that has come before them while encouraging the next generation of innovators.

Our Vision. Mission. Values. 

How We Work

The SFJWF meets six to seven times throughout the year. About half the meetings are focused on the grant process and include learning about the field of interest, narrowing down investment ideas, requesting proposals, and making grant allocations through a group decision-making process. Meetings during the other half of the year support learning in the field, expanding topics in philanthropic education, and connecting with inspiring professionals and grantees.

Where We Focus

Grants are considered in the following areas: health and well-being, economic security, and leadership development. In addition to these impact areas, the SFJWF seeks organizations that address equality of opportunity, promote new ideas and paradigm shifts, inquire deeply about ways women and girls are often inadvertently overlooked in existing initiatives, and demonstrate an entrepreneurial attitude. In emphasizing these approaches, participants hope to foster change locally that can serve as an example, be applied more broadly, and ultimately stand as a powerful expression of tikkun olam.

Interested in Our Work?

We welcome inquiries from prospective participants and grant candidates. Please email for more information.

Learn More About the Jewish Women's Fund of San Francisco

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E-Jewish Philanthropy Empowerment and Impact: SF Federation’s Jewish Women’s Fund
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Single Jewish moms seek a place for their families in religious life
j. Weekly - What can one woman do to help at-risk Jewish women?
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Recent Research 

From IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute:

All In for Women and Girls: How women's fund and foundation donors are leading through philanthropy
Women's Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study
Women's Foundations and Funds: A Landscape Study_Executive Summary

Other Suggested Articles

Australian Women Donors Network - Gender-Wise Philanthropy
ForwardYou Won't Support Paid Parental Leave? Then We Won't Give You a Grant
GrantCraftGrantmaking With a Gender Lens
Hamutal Gouri - Philanthropy Through A Gender Lens: Because Giving is an Act of Social Change
j. WeeklyHonor thy parents by fighting for S.F. affordable housing
Kiersten Marek for Inside Philanthropy - Empowered Women Are Changing Philanthropy
KvellerWhat I Wish Synagogues Knew About Single Parents
Lilith Magazines - Jewish Mothers Go It Alone
The New York Times
For all the girls who dream big, the 2016 Olympics delivered
The Philanthropy Institute on behalf of U.S. Trust - Giving Through a Gender Lens: A Guide for Donors
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Family School of Philanthropy - Giving to Women and Girls: Who Gives and Why?

For more information, please contact:
Danielle Meshorer
Manager of Venture Philanthropy and Giving Circles