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 ascending Total Grants Total Amount
Western Justice Center Foundation 1 $500
Western Environmental Law Center 2 $1,100
Westchester Day School 2 $5,100
West Marin Community Services 1 $1,000
West Fund (National Network of Abortion Funds) 2 $2,090
West Contra Costa Public Education Fund 1 $500
West Coast Children's Clinic 1 $1,000
Wesleyan University 2 $25,000
Wells Bring Hope 1 $250
Wellesley College 1 $1,100
Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids 1 $1,000
We Players 1 $250
WE Foundation 1 $2,600
Wayfinder Family Services FKA Junior Blind of America 1 $200
Waterside Workshops 1 $3,000
Waterloo Greenway Conservancy 1 $1,000
Waterkeeper Alliance 2 $350
Wassaic Project 1 $26,000
Washington University - School of Medicine 1 $500
Washington University 3 $7,000
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless 1 $1,000
Washington Institute for Near East Policy 13 $433,300
Washington Community Fund 1 $1,000
Washington Center for Equitable Growth 3 $3,000,000
Wardrobe for Opportunity 1 $250
Walt Disney Family Museum 1 $10,000
Walnut Hills High School Association 2 $200
Walnut Creek Library Foundation 1 $1,000
Wake Forest University 1 $250
Voto Latino 1 $20,000
Voter Registration Project 5 $185,000
Voter Participation Center 6 $295,000
Vote Solar 2 $1,000,000
Vote Smart 2 $450
Volunteers of America 1 $100
Voices of Music 1 $2,500
Voice of Witness 1 $1,500
VOENA Children's Choir 1 $2,500
Visiting Nurse Service of New York 1 $100
Virginia Organizing 1 $8,000
Virgie Giles Foundation 1 $2,000
Vintage House Senior Multi- Purpose Center of Sonoma Valley 1 $1,000
Vintage Computer Federation 1 $640
Vilna Project 1 $100
Village Club Foundation 1 $2,700
Villa Sinfonia Foundation 1 $2,000
Vida Verde Nature Education 1 $100
Via Rehabilitation Services 1 $1,000
VGC Foundation 1 $500
Veterans Education Project 1 $250
Vermont Jazz Center 1 $150
Verbum Dei High School 1 $1,000
Velaslavasay Panorama 1 $8,000
Vassar College 1 $1,500
Vascular Cures 1 $250
Vanguard Charitable 1 $3,316
Vanderbilt University 1 $300
Values in Action Foundation 2 $4,000
Value Culture 1 $1,000
Valley of the Moon Natural History Association 1 $1,000
Vajrayana Foundation 1 $2,000
UWC-USA 1 $10,000
Utility Reform Network 4 $1,634
Utah Film Center 2 $7,500
Usher 1F Collaborative 1 $100
USC Shoah Foundation Institute 1 $2,500
US Supporters of the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin 2 $1,100
URJ - Goldman Union Camp Institute 1 $4,550
URJ - Camp Newman 12 $240,360
Urgewald 1 $15,000
Urban School of San Francisco 8 $19,750
Urban Roots 1 $200
Urban Alliance 1 $200
Urban Adamah 35 $758,473
Upwardly Global 1 $275
Upstart Bay Area 17 $115,400
Upper East Side Hatzolah 1 $350
Upchieve 1 $37,300
Unreported Story Society 1 $3,000
University of Wyoming Foundation 1 $5,000
University of Wisconsin Foundation 1 $180
University of Washington Foundation 2 $55,000
University of Virginia Medical School Foundation 1 $1,000
University of Virginia Law School Foundation 1 $5,000
University of the People 1 $50,000
University of Texas Foundation 1 $5,000
University of Sydney USA Foundation 1 $200
University of Southern California Hillel 2 $2,160
University of Southern California 25 $300,465
University of San Francisco 6 $38,700
University of Rochester 2 $3,500
University of Pittsburgh 1 $200
University of Pennsylvania 8 $140,100
University of Michigan 3 $9,500
University of Louisville Athletic Association 1 $10,000
University of Florida Foundation 2 $10,000
University of Colorado Foundation 1 $2,500
University of Cincinnati Foundation 1 $100
University of Chicago 7 $19,680
University of California-Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life 11 $46,780