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
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, National Office 1 $500
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 2 $2,000
Surfrider Foundation 1 $10,000
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities 2 $18,000
SuperYou FUNdation 1 $100
Sunrise Movement Education Fund 2 $650
Sunflower Hill 1 $1,000
Sunday Friends 1 $250
Sundara Fund 2 $3,000
Sundance Institute 1 $20,000
Sun Valley Summer Symphony 1 $650
Summer Search 11 $82,500
Sukkat Shaleym 1 $10,000
Studio 70 2 $21,360
Student Press Law Center 2 $600
Student Press Law Center 1 $50,000
Student Conservation Association 1 $1,500
Strong City Baltimore FKA Greater Homewood Community Corporation 1 $5,000
Street Life Ministries 1 $1,000
Straus Historical Society 1 $2,500
StoryCorps 1 $2,500
Story Works Alaska 1 $200
Storahtelling Lab Shul 2 $15,000
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods 1 $1,000
Sterne School 1 $6,250
Stern Grove Festival Association 13 $64,100
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 1 $1,000
Steinberg Institute 2 $15,000
Starcross Monastic Community 2 $784
Stanford University 68 $8,222,220
Stanford Health Care 12 $230,600 2 $36,250
Stand With Us 8 $21,835
Stand Up Ideas 1 $15,000
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County 1 $450
St. Theresa Catholic Church & School 2 $25,000
St. Peter and Paul Conference Society of St. Vincent de Paul 1 $750
St. Luke's Wood River Foundation 1 $500
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 13 $6,900
St. John's College - Annapolis 1 $200
St. James Infirmary 1 $100
St. Ignatius School 1 $1,000
St. Helena Hospital Foundation 1 $2,500
St. Helena Farmers Market 1 $100
St. Francis Foundation 2 $750
St. Francis Center of Redwood City 1 $5,000
St. Baldrick's Foundation 2 $2,500
St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room 1 $1,000
St. Anthony's 11 $52,350
St. Anne's Home - Little Sisters of the Poor 1 $5,000
St. Andrew's - Sewanee School 1 $15,000
Squashdrive 1 $5,000
SPUR 3 $21,000
Sprout 1 $500
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity 1 $25,000
Spirit of America Worldwide 1 $3,600
Spina Bifida Association of America 2 $500
Spikenard Farm 1 $12,000
Special Operations Fund 1 $10,000
Special Olympics Northern California 4 $600
Spark 1 $600
Southwestern Law School 1 $500
Southwest Harbor Public Library 1 $500
Southern Poverty Law Center 42 $80,490
Southern Methodist University 1 $400
Southern Exposure 1 $2,000
Southern California Public Radio 1 $200
Southern California PGA Foundation 1 $10,000
Southeastern Council of Foundations 1 $100
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School 8 $49,480
South Coast Children's Services 1 $1,000
South American Initiative 1 $1,500
Soul Survivors 1 $2,500
Soul Shoppe Programs 2 $1,600
SOS-Soldier's Organized Services 1 $1,000
SOS Children's Village - USA 1 $100
Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation 1 $5,000
Sonoma Valley Film Society 1 $500
Sonoma Valley Education Foundation 3 $50,000
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center 1 $41,000
Sonoma State University 4 $7,500
Sonoma Overnight Support 2 $1,000
Sonoma Mountain Zen Center 1 $1,000
Sonoma Land Trust 4 $11,600
Sonoma Humane Society 2 $5,300
Sonoma County Fire Relief 1 $500
Sonoma County Bach Society 1 $25,000
Somesville Library Society 1 $250
Solving Kids' Cancer 1 $500
Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County 1 $360
Solo Aquatics 1 $150
Solar Cookers International 1 $500
Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity 1 $500
Sojourn Project 1 $400
Socrates Sculpture Park 1 $1,800
Society of Israel Philatelists 1 $250
Society Hill Synagogue 1 $118
Society for Science and the Public 1 $500
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project 1 $15,000
Social Good Fund 4 $99,000