The Federation awards grants directly to outstanding organizations supporting the Jewish community locally, in Israel, and globally in a variety of ways from funds raised annually and through our endowed funds. The Federation also stewards and administers donor-advised grants through personal philanthropic vehicles under our management, including over 1050 Donor Advised Funds and 32 Supporting Foundations, which support Jewish and broader causes to local, national, and international organizations.

Jewish Engagement

Working with our partners, we ensure belonging, create “onramps” to Jewish life that build connections and help organizations build networks and pathways for young people to access Jewish opportunities.

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Federation provided $4,561,766 in direct grants to dramatically increase the engagement in Jewish life.


A Wider Bridge
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
Keshet Inc.
Limmud Bay Area
Northern California Board of Rabbis
Bay Area Friendship Circle
Congregation Ner Shalom
Jewish LearningWorks
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
At The Well
Campus Initiative on Israel Engagement
Hillel at Berkeley
Hillel at Chico
Hillel at Davis and Sacramento
Hillel at San Francisco


Grants Continued...

Hillel of Silicon Valley
Hillel of Sonoma County
Hillel at Stanford
Hillel Foundation-Santa Cruz
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
The Birthright Israel Foundation
Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma
Jewish Baby Network
Sonoma Jewish Concierge
Wilderness Torah

Culture of Belonging 
Jewish Teen Foundation
SF Diller Teen Fellows
Scholarship Management
Israel Engagement
Young Adult Engagement
Early Childhood Education Initiative
Family Connectors
PJ Library


*$40,000 over two years to Bais Menachem, Brandeis Marin, Brandeis School of SF, Contra Costa Jewish Day School, Hausner Jewish Day School, Jewish Community High School, Kehillah High School, Oakland Hebrew Day School, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, and Wornick Jewish Day School. Funds will be used for cohort leadership, coaching and curriculum.


Sources of funding include:
Annual Operating Funds
Community Scholarship Grants 
Restricted Endowment Funds
Teen Initiative
Campus Initiative

Fostering Resilient Communities

Utilize our resources to adapt to environmental changes, withstand adversity, ensure our well-being, and thrive in the face of change. We do this by securing the Jewish ecosystem, investing in diverse leadership, strengthening community relations, and building shared responsibility for our future.

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Federation has provided a projected $3,678,992 in direct grants in the area of fostering resilient and secure Jewish communities.

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Jewish Vocational Services
Shalom Bayit
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc
J - The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Public Affairs Committee of California
The Jewish Federations of North America


Advocacy and Human Services
Jewish Community Security 
Leadership Development  
North Bay Wildfire Emergency Response

Sources of funding include:

Annual Operating Funds
Community Scholarship Grants
Impact Grants Initiatives
Restricted Endowment Funds


Strengthening Israeli society by bringing the “tribes” of Israel (secular, religious, ultra-Orthodox, and Arab) into each other’s spheres through leadership development, community organizing, and partnerships to foster deeper understandings of the “other” and inspire Israelis of all backgrounds to work together towards a more cohesive future.

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Federation has provided a projected $1,713,411 in direct grants in the area of creating a shared society in Israel.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.
Association for Change in Education
Hinam Center for Social Tolerance (Mechavnim Lemala)
Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism
Jewish Community Relations Council
Ma'ase Center Association
Matan - Invest in the Community (United Way Israel)
Moona a Space for change
Negev Institute For Strategies Of Peace And Development (NISPED)
Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
Small Grants to Israeli Organizations for Capacity Building
Tebeka - Advocacy for Equality & Justice for EthiopianIsraelis
The Institute for Democratic Education


Israel Impact

Sources of funding include:

Annual Operating Funds
Restricted Endowment Funds

View the Federation's Policy on Israel-Related Programming

Personal Philanthropy

Federation Philanthropy Partners works with donors to create effective giving strategies to ensure that resources are maximized towards change for a better world, within and beyond the Jewish community.

View the 2019 Grantmaking Report

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2019 the Federation facilitated 10,050 grants from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, totaling $175,078,668. Putting these assets into community reflects the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (taking care of the needy), kehillah (community), and tzedek (pursuing justice). These four values underpin and guide our philanthropic work, which supports a wide range of Jewish and broader causes, across local, national and international organizations.

For a summary of our collective impact, view the infographic.

Contact us for questions about the grants.

View 2018 grants


1,294 grants totaling $9,388,906


1,641 grants totaling $27,569,564


744 grants totaling $17,698,729


1,054 grants totaling $15,279,197

Human Services

1,511 grants totaling $11,768,076

Public/Society Benefit

2,598 grants totaling $79,923,414


1,208 grants totaling $13,450,797
Grantee namesort descending Total Grants Total Amount
10,000 Degrees 5 $61,000
108 Contemporary 1 $5,000
142 Throckmorton Theatre 1 $1,800
18 Reasons 3 $36,950
350 Bay Area Climate Education Fund 1 $1,000
350.Org 4 $5,736
42nd Street Moon 1 $100
500 Capp Street Foundation 1 $1,000
70 Faces Media 3 $10,600
826 Valencia 5 $15,000
A Precious Child 1 $540
A Shot for Life 1 $180
A Wider Bridge 27 $58,320
AARP Foundation 2 $1,500
ABC of NC Foundation 1 $300
Abilities United 1 $2,500
Ability Now Bay Area 1 $200
Abraham Initiatives 2 $52,500
Abraham Joshua Heschel School 1 $500
Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives 1 $500
Abused Women's Aid In Crisis 1 $200
Academy at Charlemont 2 $44,600
Academy SF 1 $3,850
Acalanes Booster Club 1 $200
Acalanes Choral Boosters 1 $100
Acalanes Parents Club 1 $600
Access Institute for Psychological Services 4 $8,450
Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (National Network of Abortion Funds) 2 $460
ACCESS Women's Health Justice 2 $680
ACCION International 1 $10,000
Achieve Tahoe 2 $5,200
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation 2 $3,200
Acterra - Action For A Sustainable Earth 1 $1,000
Action Against Hunger USA 2 $640
Action on Smoking and Health 1 $180
Adas Israel Hebrew Congregation 6 $33,295
Adas Torah 2 $3,040
Adat Shalom Synagogue 1 $1,000
Adath Israel Congregation 2 $1,500
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley 1 $180
Adopt-A-Family of Marin 1 $500
Adventure Cycling Association 1 $40,000
Afikim Family Enrichment Association 1 $1,000
AFP Golden Gate Chapter 1 $10,000
African American Arts and Culture Complex 2 $8,000
African Middle Eastern Leadership Project 4 $47,200
African Parks Foundation of America 1 $20,000
African People and Wildlife Fund 1 $150
AFS-USA 1 $100
AHA Foundation 4 $48,400
AICE 2 $280
Aim High for High School 4 $6,750
Airline Ambassadors International 1 $1,000
Airlink 1 $250
Aish Hatorah 1 $360
Al Otro Lado 1 $100
Alameda Community Fund 1 $4,000
Alameda County Community Food Bank 17 $48,210
Alameda County Library Foundation 1 $150
Alameda High School Boosters 1 $1,000
Alameda Meals on Wheels 3 $8,000
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 1 $150
ALDEA: Advancing Local Development Through Empowerment and Action 3 $14,500
Alder Graduate School of Education 1 $5,000
Aleph Institute 1 $900
Alexander Valley Film Society 1 $1,000
Algalita Marine Research Foundation 1 $500
Alight 1 $500
Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation 1 $500
Alive & Free 2 $25,000
All Nations Gathering Center 1 $1,000
All Stars Helping Kids 2 $25,200
All Stars Project 1 $250
Allegheny College 1 $50,000
Alliance for Girls 1 $10,000
Alliance for Israel's Future 2 $100,000
Alliance for Middle East Peace 1 $10,000
Alliance for Smiles International 2 $30,200
Alliant Educational Foundation 1 $3,000
Allied Media Projects 1 $250
Alonzo King LINES Ballet 2 $2,000
Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation 1 $180
Alpha Phi Omega 1 $2,000
ALS Association Golden West Chapter 9 $2,500
ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter 1 $250
ALS Association-Washington D.C. 1 $500
Alta Vista School 1 $250
Altarena Playhouse 2 $5,750
Alum Rock Counseling Center 1 $10,000
Alzheimer's Association 9 $14,950
Alzheimer's Association (Northern California) 13 $15,150
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation 7 $158,000
Amalgamated Charitable Foundation 1 $5,000
Amazon Conservation Team 2 $12,500
AMCHA Initiative 7 $12,480
Ameinu Our People 1 $5,000
America Gives 2 $1,900
America Needs You 1 $1,000
America-Israel Cultural Foundation 1 $30,000
America-Israel Friendship League 1 $100