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
Smuin Ballet 3 $20,500
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture 1 $5,000
Smithsonian 3 $10,300
Smile Train 1 $200
Slow Food USA 1 $200
Slide Ranch 2 $3,360 1 $1,000
Sky's the Limit Fund 1 $1,000
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 1 $750
Skirball Cultural Center 2 $105,000
Skidmore College 2 $20,000
SINAI Schools 1 $1,000
Sinai Memorial Chapel - Chevra Kadisha 6 $53,000
Simon Wiesenthal Center 19 $8,004
Simchat Shabbat 1 $1,000
Simama International 2 $2,000
SilverLining 2 $75,000
Silver Creek Alliance 1 $250
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 8 $22,980
Silicon Valley FACES 1 $2,500
Silicon Valley De-Bug 1 $500
Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2 $300
Silent Film Festival 1 $2,500
Signature Theatre 1 $1,000
Sigma Alpha Mu Foundation 1 $1,000
Sierra Watch 3 $6,500
Sierra Repertory Theatre 1 $1,000
Sierra County Arts Council 1 $2,500
Sierra Club Foundation 18 $2,009,100
Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills Services 1 $284
Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness 1 $200
Shriners Hospitals for Children 3 $300
Showing Up for Racial Justice 1 $250
Shoresh 1 $1,000
Shomrei Torah Synagogue 1 $1,000
Shirat Hayam 1 $3,000
Shir Tikvah 1 $385
Shining Hope for Communities 1 $500
Shelter Box USA 2 $350
Shelter 2 $5,500
SHE-CAN GLobal 1 $150
Shawl-Anderson Modern Dance Center 1 $2,000
Sharsheret 2 $610
Shanti Project 3 $550
Shalom School 1 $1,000
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America 6 $115,360
Shalom Bayit 2 $65,000
Shalem Foundation 2 $5,540
Shadhika 1 $500
Sha'ar Zahav 10 $21,960
SGA Youth & Family Services 1 $1,500
SFJAZZ 18 $103,890
SFFILM 2 $4,000
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States 1 $500
Seven Hills School 1 $500
Seva Foundation 2 $1,250
Seton Hall University 1 $1,000
SETI Institute 1 $1,500
Service Year Exchange 1 $100,000
Sequoia Hospital Foundation 3 $1,700
Senior Advocacy Services 1 $180
Senior Adults Legal Assistance 1 $100
Sempervirens Fund 9 $2,350
Sefaria 1 $5,000
Seeds of Peace 1 $5,000
Seeds of Peace 2 $250
SEEDS Community Resolution Center 1 $1,000
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County 1 $500
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties 34 $109,695
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center 2 $380
Seattle International Foundation 1 $5,400
Search for Common Ground 1 $250
Seacology 12 $101,800
Sculpture Center 4 $24,800
Scripps College 2 $200
Science is Elementary 1 $2,500
Science History Institute 1 $5,000
Schwab Charitable Fund 10 $579,001
Schools Mentoring and Resource Team 1 $4,000
School of Arts and Culture - San Jose 1 $4,000
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East 3 $7,100
ScholarMatch 4 $104,067
Schechter Institutes 4 $25,380
SaverLife FKA EARN 1 $2,000
Save Venice 1 $1,500
Save the Waves Coalition 1 $200
Save the Redwoods League 12 $51,950
Save the Children Federation 3 $2,200
Save the Bay 6 $2,825
Save Mount Diablo 1 $3,700
Save a Child's Heart Foundation U.S. 1 $100
Sarah's Circle 3 $1,400
Santa Rosa Symphony Association 1 $2,000
Santa Fe Opera 1 $1,000
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation 1 $300
Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association 1 $500
Santa Clara University 6 $21,960
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network 1 $1,050
Sandy Hook Promise Foundation 3 $50,250
Sand Lake Center for the Arts Circle Theatre Players 1 $100