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
Peninsula Ball Foundation 1 $1,000
Peninsula Association for Retarded Children and Adults (PARCA) 2 $2,700
PEN American Center Inc. AKA PEN America 1 $250
PeerForward AKA College Summit 1 $5,000
Peer Health Exchange Inc. 1 $5,000
Pedal the Cause San Diego 1 $2,000
Peconic Public Broadcasting 1 $10,000
Pearlstone Conference And Retreat Center 1 $2,500
Pear Avenue Theatre 1 $2,500
PeacePlayers International 2 $650
Peace Development Fund, Inc. 1 $1,000
Peace Action Education Fund 1 $150
PD Active 2 $750
Paws for Purple Hearts 1 $100
PAW Fund 1 $1,000
Paul Taylor Dance Foundation AKA Paul Taylor American Modern Dance 1 $500
Pathways to Peace 2 $1,180
Pathways Home health and Hospice aka MidPeninsula Home Care and Hospice 3 $32,000
Pathways For Kids 1 $1,500
Pathway School 1 $100
PATH 1 $1,500
Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Inc. AKA Rioult 1 $5,000
Partnerships for Trauma Recovery 1 $5,000
Partners in Health 10 $18,950
Partners for Youth With Disabilities 1 $26,200
Partners for Progressive Israel 2 $350
Parks and People Foundation Inc. 1 $1,000
Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center 2 $1,800
Park Avenue Synagogue 3 $7,803
Parent-Child Home Program, Inc. 1 $1,000
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies North America Inc. 3 $1,460
Paralyzed Veterans of America 1 $100
Paradise Rotary Foundation 1 $1,000
Pandemonium Aviaries 1 $15,000
Pandas International 1 $1,000
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 2 $800
Pan Massachusetts Challenge Trust 2 $1,680
Palo Alto University, Inc. 4 $15,000
Palo Alto Players - Peninsula Center Stage 1 $500
Palo Alto Partners In Education 4 $14,500
Palo Alto Medical Foundation for Health Care Research and Education 2 $1,300
Palo Alto Humane Society 1 $500
Palo Alto History Museum 1 $200
Palo Alto Community Fund 4 $1,600
Palo Alto Community Child Care 1 $100
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation 4 $6,350
Palm Valley School 1 $20,000
Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic 1 $1,500
Painted Turtle 1 $5,000
Paia Youth Council Inc. 1 $10,000
Pact An Adoption Alliance 1 $5,000
Packer Collegiate Institute 2 $5,000
Pacifica Foundation 1 $150
Pacific Vision Foundation 3 $900
Pacific Stroke Association 3 $9,500
Pacific School of Religion 1 $150
Pacific Links Foundation 1 $1,000
Pacific Legal Foundation 1 $2,500
Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security 2 $450
Pacific Institute for Community Organizations AKA PICO National Networks 1 $1,000,000
Pacific Environment and Resources Center 1 $2,500
Pacific Crest Trail Association 1 $1,500
Pacific Coast Farmers 1 $3,000
Pacific Center for Human Growth 1 $250
Pacific Autism Center For Education (PACE) 2 $15,000
Pachamama Alliance 2 $2,500
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. 23 $215,761
P B & J Family Services Inc. 1 $1,300
Oxfam America 8 $2,950
Oxbow School 3 $65,000
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Inc. 2 $25,250
Outwords Archive 1 $8,000
Outward Bound California 1 $500
OutRight Action International 1 $10,000
Outdoor Art Club 1 $200
Our Family Coalition 1 $300
Otter Project 1 $250
Other Road Foundation 2 $3,500
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 70 $1,612,120
ORT America, Inc. (multiple regions) 8 $5,800
ORT America, Inc. (multiple regions) 2 $650
Oroville Church of the Nazarene 1 $2,000
Orion Society AKA Orion Magazine 1 $100
Organic Seed Alliance 1 $1,000
Organic Consumers Association 1 $1,000
Oregon State University Foundation 1 $250
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association 6 $84,000
Oregon Health and Science University 1 $150,000
Or Shalom Jewish Community 2 $12,000
Option Institute And Fellowship 2 $50,000
Opportunity Trust 1 $50,000
Operation Freedom Paws 1 $100
Opera Parallele 4 $40,000
Open Medicine Foundation 2 $600,000
Onward Israel USA Inc. 1 $180,000
Onondaga County Public Library 1 $1,000
ONG SOS-Forêts 1 $45,000
OneTable 4 $1,110
OneJustice aka Public Interest Clearinghouse 2 $1,100
One Treasure Island DBA Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative 1 $500