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
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School 8 $18,860
Romemu 1 $500
Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation 1 $100
Rodeph Shalom Congregation 1 $19,075
Rocky Mountain Wild 1 $720
Rocky Mountain Institute 1 $200,000
Rocketship Education 1 $50,000
Rock Point School 1 $10,000
Riverside Park Conservancy 1 $200
Rivers School Corp. 2 $5,500
Rising International 1 $1,000
Rise Together Education 1 $100
RIP Medical Debt 1 $1,000
Right to Play 1 $10,000
Ridgefield Library Association 1 $1,000
Richstone Center 2 $11,500
Richmond-Ermet Foundation 1 $5,000
Richmond Torah Center - Chabad 12 $8,400
Richmond Art Center 1 $500
Rice University 1 $100
Rhythmix Cultural Works 1 $2,000
Rhythm Section Drumlines 1 $2,500
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner 1 $50,000
Reutlinger Community 2 $20,000
Rett Syndrome Research Trust 1 $100
Rethink the Conversation Ltd. 1 $500
ReSurge International 2 $1,500
Resources Legacy Fund 1 $500,000
Resource Area for Teaching 1 $500
Resonance Project 1 $250
RepresentUS Education Fund 1 $118
REPORT 3 $105,500
Repair The World 3 $30,360
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center 1 $1,000
Remake 2 $1,000
Reimagine 3 $3,750
Regents of the University of Michigan 1 $250
Regeneration Education 1 $25,000
Refugee Home Project 1 $1,464
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services 7 $5,750
Reel Fathers 1 $5,000
Reed Schools Foundation 2 $4,000
Redwoods - A Community of Seniors 2 $680
Redwood Symphony 1 $1,000
Redwood Justice Fund 1 $250
Redwood High School Foundation 4 $17,500
Redwood Empire Food Bank 4 $1,600
Redwood Cooperative School 2 $3,775
Redwood Coast Medical Services 1 $100
Redford Center 1 $7,500
REDF 1 $20,000
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & Jewish Reconstructionist Communities 1 $5,000
Reclaim the Records 1 $1,000
Recidiviz 1 $10,000
Rebuilding Together Peninsula 4 $6,100
Rebuilding Together Oakland 1 $5,000
Reboot 6 $26,250
Rebecca Stenn PerksDanceMusic Theatre 1 $500
Reading Partners 1 $5,000
Reach Out and Read 3 $1,650
Reach for Home 1 $250
Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School 1 $1,800
Ravenswood Education Foundation 3 $780
Rashi School 1 $40,000
Raphael House of San Francisco 1 $500
Rape Trauma Services 4 $2,500
Ramah in the Rockies 1 $150
Ramah Darom 2 $26,800
Raising A Reader MA 1 $150
Rainforest Trust 1 $50,000
Rainforest Action Network 3 $55,650
Rainbow Railroad USA 1 $300
Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation 1 $25,000
Rady Children's Hospital Foundation 1 $2,500
Radiological Society Of North America 1 $5,000
Rabbinical Assembly of America 2 $2,000
R Street Institute 1 $25,000
Queens College Foundation 2 $400
PUSD-Harvest Park Preschool Center 1 $1,000
Purdue University 1 $400
Puente de la Costa Sur 1 $1,000
Public Theater 2 $50,000
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility 2 $5,340
Public Concern Foundation 1 $180
Public Citizen Foundation 4 $584
Public Advocates 2 $1,150
PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers and Students 7 $10,100
Provide 2 $860
Protect Democracy Project 1 $50,000
Protect Democracy Project 1 $5,000
ProsthetiKA Foundation 2 $350
Prostate Cancer Foundation 4 $2,100
ProLiteracy Worldwide 1 $100
Project WeHope 1 $150
Project Open Hand 9 $54,700
Project On Government Oversight 2 $4,415
Project Kesher 1 $250
Project Hope 1 $100
Project Healthy Minds Corporation 1 $5,000
Project HEAL - Help to Eat, Accept & Live 1 $100