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
Third Way Institute 1 $100,000
Thesecondopinion 10 $16,650
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson 1 $200
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley 17 $116,329
Theatre Ventures International 1 $800
Theatre Lab (School of the Dramatic Arts) 1 $1,000
Theater Barn 1 $200
The Z Space Studio 1 $200
The V Foundation 10 $15,110
The Threshold Foundation 1 $1,500
The Tech Interactive 1 $5,000
The Riekes Center 1 $100
The Reutlinger Community 4 $17,960
The Playhouse in San Anselmo 1 $500
The Philadelphia School 1 $10,000
The Pew Charitable Trusts 1 $15,000
The People Concern 1 $3,000
The Oakland 100 Club 1 $625
The New School of San Francisco 1 $20,000
THe Mussar Institute 1 $1,000
The Mosaic Project 3 $750
The Mission Continues 1 $720
The Marsh, A Breeding Ground for New Performance 1 $100
The Kitchen SF 5 $16,700
The Kilgoris Project 1 $1,200
The Kennedy Forum 1 $5,000
The Jewish Museum - New York 1 $1,000
The Gubbio Project 4 $5,550
The Field 1 $5,000
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA 1 $200
The Crucible 1 $5,000
The Chatham Synagogue 1 $500
The American Civil Liberties Union Fund of the District of Columbia 1 $100
The Acting Company 1 $500
The Abraham Initiatives 9 $17,750
The 1947 Partition Archive 1 $350
That Man May See 9 $110,100
Thacher School 1 $1,000
Texas Exes - Ex-Stutent's Association of Texas 1 $1,000
Texas Children's Hospital 1 $2,500
Tesseract Research Center 1 $25,000
Terwilliger Nature Education Legacy 1 $150
Teneo 1 $15,000
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation 7 $225,300
Ten Strands 3 $20,250
Temple-Tifereth Israel Foundation 2 $3,328
Temple University 1 $10,000
Temple Sinai, Washington DC 1 $4,000
Temple Sinai, Summit NJ 1 $252
Temple Sinai, Oakland 12 $39,287
Temple Shalom 1 $150
Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester 1 $2,228
Temple Shaaray Tefila NYC 2 $5,125
Temple Or Rishon Sunrise Jewish Congregation 3 $9,412
Temple Israel of Alameda Foundation 1 $700
Temple Israel Canton 1 $1,000
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County 9 $157,992
Temple Isaiah 1 $1,800
Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem 1 $540
Temple Emanuel of Winston-Salem 1 $250
Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills 2 $600
Temple Emanu-El - San Jose 2 $2,600
Temple Beth Torah 2 $7,984
Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock 1 $1,025
Temple Beth Emet 1 $100
Temple Beth Elohim 1 $180
Temple Beth El of Stamford 1 $150
Temple Beth El - Bakersfield 1 $1,000
Temple Beth El (Ithaca) 1 $4,300
Temple Bat Yahm 1 $100
Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association 1 $2,000
Teen Success 3 $7,000
Technoserve 1 $250
Team Pride 1 $500
Team Brownsville 2 $6,500
Teach for America, Bay Area 3 $70,000
Taylor Family Foundation 1 $3,000
Tawonga Jewish Community Corporation 3 $10,500
Tawonga Jewish Community Corporation 32 $178,738
Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture 3 $13,500
Taube Center for Jewish Studies-Stanford University 1 $8,000
Tanzania Development Support NFP 1 $500
Tannery Pond Concerts Corporation 1 $200
Tali Fund 2 $200
TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund 1 $250,000
Take Back the Court Foundation 1 $25,000
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 1 $500
Tahoe Fund 1 $10,000
Tablet Magazine 3 $2,750
T'ruah 5 $4,840
Syzygy Dance Project 3 $9,142
Syracuse University 1 $500
Synergy School 1 $1,500
Swords to Plowshares Veterans Rights Organization 3 $1,600
Swim Strong Foundation 1 $500
Swim Across America 3 $1,100
Sweetwater Spectrum 4 $6,000
Swarthmore College 1 $35,000
Sutter Care at Home 3 $700
Sustainable Harvest International 2 $350