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 name Total Grantssort descending Total Amount
Cal Performances 6 $10,550
HealthRight 360 6 $42,125
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 6 $56,550
Chabad of Mill Valley 6 $18,760
Music at Kohl Mansion 6 $27,700
KIPP Bay Area Schools 6 $73,500
San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation 6 $1,400
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 6 $12,100
Voter Participation Center 6 $295,000
Adas Israel Hebrew Congregation 6 $33,295
Save the Bay 6 $2,825
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs 6 $161,750
San Antonio Community Development Corporation 6 $7,000
Delivering Good 6 $16,150
Santa Clara University 6 $21,960
College Preparatory School 6 $80,000
University of San Francisco 6 $38,700
Americans United for Separation of Church and State 6 $39,900
Pro Publica 6 $3,002,700
Reboot 6 $26,250
University Corporation San Francisco State 6 $84,500
Limmud Bay Area 6 $41,500
Children's Council of San Francisco 6 $26,150
Common Cause Education Fund 6 $900
Friends of the Earth 6 $11,590
Sinai Memorial Chapel - Chevra Kadisha 6 $53,000
Avenidas 6 $37,350
Center for Science in the Public Interest 6 $16,894
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley 6 $66,246
Asian Art Museum Foundation of San Francisco 6 $12,200
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence 6 $76,600
Wildcare 6 $19,750
BBYO 6 $64,180
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation 7 $225,300
American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology 7 $93,000
Nueva School 7 $158,900
Middle East Media Research Institute 7 $81,010
Middle East Peace Dialogue Network 7 $115,400
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 7 $41,550
International Planned Parenthood Federation 7 $10,290
American Red Cross 7 $6,750
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, LA 7 $169,317
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous 7 $3,240
Foundation for Students Rising Above 7 $19,700
Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund 7 $4,800
Salvation Army - Golden State Division 7 $4,150
Wounded Warrior Project 7 $3,000
Archbishop Riordan High School 7 $23,500
United Way of the Bay Area 7 $4,700
AMCHA Initiative 7 $12,480
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services 7 $5,750
Merkaz Hatorah Community Kollel 7 $32,600
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 7 $13,260
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation 7 $158,000
Oxfam America 7 $3,400
Challenge Success 7 $7,310
Lowell Alumni Association 7 $3,350
Kehilla Community Synagogue and School 7 $27,415
Homeless Prenatal Program 7 $5,500
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem 7 $5,500
Chabad of the East Bay 7 $62,820
Prison University Project 7 $5,810
JIMENA 7 $24,400
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco 7 $8,500
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay 7 $139,750
PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers and Students 7 $10,100
Safe & Sound 7 $59,000
Intersection for the Arts 7 $47,000
Arthritis Foundation - Northern California Office 7 $43,100
University of Chicago 7 $19,680
American Society for Yad Vashem 8 $4,450
UC Davis Foundation 8 $17,500
American Heart Association of the Greater Bay Area 8 $12,580
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation 8 $59,500
Urban School of San Francisco 8 $19,750
San Francisco Zoological Society 8 $70,450
Branson School 8 $20,650
National Yiddish Book Center 8 $2,950
Center For Domestic Peace 8 $2,900
Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley 8 $9,000
Berkeley Repertory Theatre 8 $202,150
Montana Wilderness School 8 $102,000
Stand With Us 8 $21,835
University of Pennsylvania 8 $140,100
Chabad of North Peninsula 8 $6,004,760
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School 8 $18,860
Marin Theatre Company 8 $37,500
San Francisco Unified School District - KALW 8 $3,000
Hillel of Silicon Valley 8 $56,140
Greenlight Clinic 8 $13,600
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School 8 $49,480
Hamilton Families 8 $9,488
Camp Ramah in Northern California 8 $70,360
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 8 $22,980
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence 8 $15,340
UNICEF USA 8 $3,050
ALS Association Golden West Chapter 9 $2,500
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners 9 $8,680
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County 9 $157,992
Union of Concerned Scientists 9 $8,000