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
Project Glimmer 1 $10,000
Project EZRA 1 $100
Project Create 1 $180
Project Avary 3 $4,600
Progressive Foundation 2 $834
Progeria Research Foundation 1 $100
Producers Club of Maryland 1 $250
Producers Associates 1 $500
Pro Publica 6 $3,002,700
Pro Bono Project 1 $1,500
Prisoner Visitation and Support 2 $1,034
Prison University Project 7 $5,810
Princeton University 1 $5,000
Princess Project 1 $1,000
Prevent Child Abuse America 1 $100
Praxis Project 1 $200
Positive Resource Center 3 $850
Positive Coaching Alliance 5 $30,920
Portola Valley Schools Foundation 2 $3,800
Portland Museum of Art 1 $300
PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro 1 $150
Population Services International 1 $100
Population Media Center 2 $3,790
Population Connection 2 $600
Pono Grown Farm Center 1 $80,000
Pomona College 1 $5,000
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center 1 $500
Polyphony Foundation 3 $25,250
Pollinator Partnership 1 $1,000
Policy Impact 1 $150,000
Police Athletic League 1 $500
Point Lobos Foundation 1 $250
Point Blue Conservation Science 2 $3,500
Pocket Opera 2 $2,500
Ploughshares Fund 4 $33,650
PlayGround 3 $4,000
Play Marimba 1 $2,500
Play It Forward Music Foundation 1 $2,500
Plastic Surgery Foundation 1 $10,000
Planting Justice 1 $250
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains 1 $1,200
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 1 $720
Planned Parenthood of Maryland 1 $500
Planned Parenthood Northern California 23 $96,928
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte 11 $31,050
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles 2 $1,750
Planned Parenthood Federation of America 84 $153,528
Planet Word Museum 2 $15,000
Pivotal 1 $20,000
Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation 2 $2,500
Pingry School 1 $150
Pinewood School 1 $5,000
Pilchuck Glass School 1 $7,500
Pikesville Senior Center Council 2 $2,000
Piedmont Educational Foundation 3 $13,800
Pie Ranch 1 $5,000
Pi Lambda Phi Educational Foundation 1 $5,000
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington, D.C. 1 $250
Physicians for Social Responsibility San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 3 $1,884
Physicians for Human Rights 3 $1,440
Physicians for a National Health Program 1 $1,000
Philos Project 1 $100,000
Phillips Brooks School 1 $1,500
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra 2 $8,000
Philanthropy Workshop 1 $250
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation 2 $900
Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates 3 $3,000
PFLAG National 3 $2,500
Pets Lifeline 3 $2,700
Pets in Need 3 $568
Peter's Place Nursery School 1 $500
Petaluma Educational Foundation 4 $10,000
Petaluma Community Access 1 $2,000
Pet Adoption Fund 1 $500
Pesticide Action Network North America 1 $1,750
Pescadero Education Foundation 1 $1,000
Perlman Music Program 1 $500
Performing Stars of Marin 1 $3,500
Performing Arts Workshop 2 $3,100
Performing Animal Welfare Society 1 $500
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 4 $5,810
People for the American Way Foundation 1 $150
People for Open Space/Greenbelt Alliance 5 $3,800
People Acting in Community Together 2 $2,000
Peninsula Youth Theatre 1 $200
Peninsula Volunteers 1 $1,000
Peninsula Temple Sholom 18 $96,178
Peninsula Temple Beth-El 42 $157,608
Peninsula Symphony of Northern California Association 1 $1,000
Peninsula Sinai Congregation 10 $11,505
Peninsula Open Space Trust 20 $238,000
Peninsula Jewish Community Center 20 $28,318
Peninsula Humane Society & Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 5 $40,800
Peninsula Family Service 2 $2,000
Peninsula College Fund 1 $1,000
Peninsula Bridge Program 4 $13,250
Peninsula Bridge Education Foundation 1 $250
Peninsula Ball Foundation 1 $1,000
Pembroke Hill School 1 $250
Peer Health Exchange 2 $10,000