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
University of California San Francisco 1 $10,000
University of California San Francisco 126 $11,041,200
University of California San Diego Foundation 3 $210,000
University of California Irvine Foundation 1 $500
University of California at Berkeley 58 $1,534,800
University of Arizona Foundation 1 $900
University Corporation San Francisco State 6 $84,500
University Club of Palo Alto Scholarship Fund 1 $250
Unity Shoppe 2 $50,000
Unity San Francisco 1 $1,000
United Workers Association 1 $25,000
United Way of the Wine Country 1 $1,000
United Way of the Bay Area 7 $4,700
United Way of Miami-Dade. 1 $1,000
United Way of Central Maryland 1 $10,000
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism 7 $13,260
United States Olypmic and Paralympic Foundation 1 $15,000
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee 1 $5,000
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 36 $39,844
United States Association for UNHCR 4 $8,750
United Service Organizations 3 $400
United Religions Initiative 5 $115,000
United Policyholders 2 $750
United Negro College Fund 2 $700
United Nations Watch - USA 3 $10,500
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 3 $2,040
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito 1 $1,000
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 3 $16,000
Union of Concerned Scientists 9 $8,000
Union for Reform Judaism 10 $136,250
Union College 1 $200
UNICEF USA 8 $3,050
UNICEF USA 3 $1,250
Ultimate Peace 5 $80,300
ULI Foundation 1 $5,000
Ujamaa Community Resource Team 1 $20,000
UJA-Federation of New York 3 $2,800
UCSJ Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union 1 $180
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation 8 $59,500
UCLA Foundation 12 $123,350
UCLA Anderson School of Management 1 $2,500
UC Santa Cruz Foundation 1 $10,000
UC Santa Barbara Foundation 5 $5,900
UC Hastings Foundation 6 $24,500
UC Davis Foundation 8 $17,500
U.S.-Japan Council 1 $10,000
Tzedakah Fund 4 $6,800
Tyler Clementi Foundation 1 $250
Turtle Island Restoration Network 1 $250,000
Tulsa Congregation B'nai Emunah 1 $720
Tulane University 1 $500
Tulane Hillel 2 $860
Tufts University 3 $2,350
Tufts Hillel 2 $750
Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee 1 $2,500
TSNE MissionWorks 1 $10,000
Truth to Power Foundation 1 $125,000
Trustees of Tufts College 1 $500
Trustees of Reservations 1 $25,000
Trustees of Princeton University 2 $1,000
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York AKA Columbia Univer 1 $3,000
Trust Women Foundation 2 $11,150
Trust for Public Land 12 $79,257
Trust for Hidden Villa 2 $200
Truman Center For National Policy 1 $300,000
Truckee Donner Land Trust 3 $10,200
Trout Unlimited 1 $300
Trips for Kids Marin 2 $3,180
Tri-Valley Montessori School 1 $1,500
Tri-Valley Haven for Women 1 $100
Trevor Project 1 $180
Trees Foundation 1 $4,000
Treasure Island Museum Association 2 $1,250
Trap Free Montana 1 $2,000
Transgender Law Center 1 $180
Transcendence Theater Company 1 $3,000
Trans Lifeline 1 $100
Tranqulity Farm 1 $3,000
Trace Elementary School, San Jose CA 1 $5,000
Town School For Boys 2 $51,000
Town Hall Theatre Company 1 $1,000
Tower Foundation of San Jose State University 1 $25,000
Touch of Kindness 1 $5,000
Torrance Memorial Medical Center Health Care Foundation 1 $30,000
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation 3 $11,600
Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice 4 $2,280
TOLI 2 $10,250
Together We Rise 1 $443
Tipping Point Community 19 $7,211,920
Tikva Children's Home 1 $5,000
Tikkun 1 $250
Tides Network 1 $500
Tides Foundation 1 $1,000,000
Tides Center - Shalom Bayit 42 $83,003
Tides Center 3 $10,000
Tiburon Peninsula Foundation 3 $2,500
Tiba Foundation 5 $16,200
Thrive Networks Global 1 $250
Threshold Choir, Executive Director 2 $434
Thorn 1 $1,000