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 through our Annual Campaign and through our restricted and unrestricted endowment. The Federation also stewards and administers donor-advised grants through personal philanthropic vehicles under our management, including over 900 Donor Advised Funds and 24 Supporting Foundations, which support Jewish and broader causes to local, national, and international organizations.

Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning

Helping Jews explore, learn about, and connect with the rich diversity of Jewish life locally.

For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Federation will provide a projected $10,900,000 in direct grants in the area of Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning.

Our grantee partners include:

Honeymoon Israel, Inc.
j. - the Jewish news weekly of Northern California
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
Jewish Baby Network
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish LearningWorks
Jewish Public Affairs Committee
Jewish Vocational Service
Kehillah Jewish High School
Keshet, Inc.
Meira Academy
Mercy High School
National Conference of Synagogue Youth
North Peninsula Jewish Campus
Northern California Board of Rabbis
Or Shalom Jewish Community
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Reboot, Inc. 
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Rosh Pina
Russian River Jewish Community
San Francisco Hillel
Santa Cruz Hillel Foundation
Scholarship America, Inc.
Slingshot Fund
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
Stanford University - Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Temple Beth Israel
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
The Birthright Israel Foundation
The Brandeis School of San Francisco
The Jewish Federations of North America
The Kitchen
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley
University of California-Berkeley - Center for Jewish

UpStart Bay Area
Urban Adamah
URJ Camp Newman-Swig
Wilderness Torah
Yom Rishon School

Sources of funding include:

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

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 2018 Grantmaking Report

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2018 the Federation facilitated 9,329 grants from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, totaling $142,151,270. 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.


1,161 grants totaling $7,123,497


1,622 grants totaling $40,374,373


712 grants totaling $13,817,741


848 grants totaling $4,454,946

Human Services

1,335 grants totaling $15,423,474

Public/Society Benefit

2,457 grants totaling $50,121,058


1,194 grants totaling $10,836,182
Grantee namesort ascending Total Grants Total Amount
Save the Waves Coalition 1 $160
Save the Redwoods League 17 $86,700
Save the Chimps 2 $6,800
Save the Children Federation 3 $1,200
Save the Bay 8 $2,150
Save Mount Diablo 2 $10,000
Save a Child's Heart Foundation U.S., Inc. 1 $100
Savannah Country Day School Inc. 1 $150
Sarah's Circle 3 $1,300
Santa Rosa Symphony Association 1 $2,500
Santa Clara University 4 $20,860
Sandler Foundation 1 $358,000
Sand Lake Center for the Arts Circle Theatre Players, Inc. 1 $100
San Mateo Public Library Foundation 1 $500
San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation 2 $350
San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation 7 $2,350
San Jose Wind Symphony 1 $500
San Jose Public Library Foundation 1 $100
San Jose Museum Of Art Association 1 $10,000
San Jose Mercury News Wish Book Fund, Inc. 1 $500
San Jose Media Community Media Access Corporation 1 $1,000
San Jose Downtown 1 $2,500
San Geronimo Valley Community Center 2 $26,250
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank 37 $121,116
San Francisco Zoological Society 6 $55,500
San Francisco Youth Theatre 1 $3,500
San Francisco Women Artists 1 $400
San Francisco University High School 5 $7,800
San Francisco Unified School District - KALW 5 $2,600
San Francisco Unified School District 1 $3,700
San Francisco Symphony 44 $406,425
San Francisco Suicide Prevention 1 $200
San Francisco Students Back on Track 1 $500
San Francisco State University 3 $31,500
San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 9 $20,200
San Francisco SafeHouse 1 $300
San Francisco Rescue Mission 1 $100
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department 1 $1,000
San Francisco Public Health Foundation 1 $2,500
San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group 1 $1,000
San Francisco Police Activities League (SFPAL) 1 $1,000
San Francisco Playhouse 5 $76,850
San Francisco Performances, Inc. 1 $2,500
San Francisco Parks Alliance 10 $15,500
San Francisco Opera Guild 3 $23,000
San Francisco Opera Association 23 $235,518
San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation 1 $5,000
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 34 $225,891
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society 2 $2,600
San Francisco Mime Troupe 3 $5,433
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center 2 $1,250
San Francisco Landmark Fund 1 $300
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 17 $74,800
San Francisco Jewish Comm Publications 50 $70,231
San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ) 16 $25,750
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Inc. 1 $500
San Francisco Host Committee 2 $5,000
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Inc. 2 $1,500
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation 23 $227,408
San Francisco Friends School 3 $26,000
San Francisco Free Clinic 13 $34,250
San Francisco Film Society 6 $5,750
San Francisco Education Fund 3 $252,700
San Francisco Early Music Society 3 $450
San Francisco Day School 1 $1,000
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program 6 $13,000
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players 2 $700
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Inc. 8 $84,450
San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium 1 $20,000
San Francisco City Impact 1 $1,200
San Francisco Chapter of the Older Women's League 1 $180
San Francisco Center for the Book 1 $180
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis 1 $1,000
San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living 1 $10,000
San Francisco Camerawork Inc. 1 $180
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum 12 $44,420
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Education Fund Inc. 3 $6,100
San Francisco Beautiful 1 $200
San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Inc. 1 $1,000
San Francisco Ballet Association 21 $175,150
San Francisco Arts Education Project 1 $5,000
San Francisco Art Institute 5 $220,100
San Francisco Art and Film Program 1 $500
San Francisco Architectural Heritage 4 $3,900
San Francisco Aids Foundation 11 $20,730
San Diego Foundation 1 $200
San Carlos Educational Foundation 1 $1,200
Samaritan House 9 $19,350
Salvation Farms 1 $100
Salvation Army - Golden State Division 7 $2,900
Salesian Boys and Girls Club Inc. 1 $250
Salem Presbytery dba Epiphany Presbyterian Church 1 $18,000
Safe & Sound (formerly San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center) 14 $25,290
Sacred Heart Community Service 2 $2,760
RYSE Inc. 2 $6,000
Rye Country Day School 1 $500
Rutgers University Foundation 1 $15,000
Russian Riverkeeper 1 $250
Rural California Broadcasting Corp. KRCB-TV 22 2 $1,000
Rufus Porter Museum Inc. 1 $150