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 through our Annual Campaign and through our restricted and unrestricted endowment. The Federation also stewards and administers donor-advised grants through personal philanthropic vehicles under our management, including over 900 Donor Advised Funds and 24 Supporting Foundations, which support Jewish and broader causes to local, national, and international organizations.

Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning

Helping Jews explore, learn about, and connect with the rich diversity of Jewish life locally.

For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Federation will provide a projected $10,900,000 in direct grants in the area of Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning.

Our grantee partners include:

Honeymoon Israel, Inc.
j. - the Jewish news weekly of Northern California
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
Jewish Baby Network
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish LearningWorks
Jewish Public Affairs Committee
Jewish Vocational Service
Kehillah Jewish High School
Keshet, Inc.
Meira Academy
Mercy High School
National Conference of Synagogue Youth
North Peninsula Jewish Campus
Northern California Board of Rabbis
Or Shalom Jewish Community
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Reboot, Inc. 
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Rosh Pina
Russian River Jewish Community
San Francisco Hillel
Santa Cruz Hillel Foundation
Scholarship America, Inc.
Slingshot Fund
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
Stanford University - Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Temple Beth Israel
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
The Birthright Israel Foundation
The Brandeis School of San Francisco
The Jewish Federations of North America
The Kitchen
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley
University of California-Berkeley - Center for Jewish

UpStart Bay Area
Urban Adamah
URJ Camp Newman-Swig
Wilderness Torah
Yom Rishon School

Sources of funding include:

Annual Operating Funds
Community Scholarship Grants
Impact Grants Initiatives
Restricted Endowment Funds

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 2018 Grantmaking Report

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2018 the Federation facilitated 9,329 grants from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, totaling $142,151,270. 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.


1,161 grants totaling $7,123,497


1,622 grants totaling $40,374,373


712 grants totaling $13,817,741


848 grants totaling $4,454,946

Human Services

1,335 grants totaling $15,423,474

Public/Society Benefit

2,457 grants totaling $50,121,058


1,194 grants totaling $10,836,182
Grantee namesort ascending Total Grants Total Amount
Zonta International Foundation 1 $1,500
Zohar Dance Company 2 $1,100
Zionist Organization of America AKA ZOA 1 $150
Zeta Beta Tau Foundation Inc. 1 $500
Zero1 - the Art and Technology Network 1 $10,000
Zero to Three - National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families 1 $25,000
Zen Hospice Project, Inc. 3 $1,700
Zemer Chai, Washington's Jewish Community Chorus Inc. 1 $180
Zaccho SF 1 $2,500
Z Space Studio 2 $1,200
YWCA Silicon Valley 1 $100
YWCA of San Francisco AKA YWCA of San Francisco & Marin 1 $3,000
Youthbuild USA, Inc. 1 $150
Youth UpRising 1 $2,500
Youth Tennis Advantage AKA YTA 2 $2,000
Youth Speaks, Inc. 2 $15,000
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project Inc. 1 $1,000
Youth Radio 2 $525
Youth Musical Theater Company 1 $2,500
Youth Law Center 1 $10,000
Youth in Arts 1 $350
Youth Enrichment Strategies 2 $3,100
Youth Community Service Inc. 2 $225
Young Women's Choral Projects 3 $11,500
Young Imaginations 1 $1,500
Young Dreamer Network 1 $300
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights 1 $250
Young Audiences of Northern California 1 $1,500
Yosemite Foundation DBA Yosemite Conservancy 4 $3,075
Yolo Land Trust 1 $100
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $250
Yolo County Food Bank 1 $1,000
Yolo Community Care Continuum 1 $1,000
YMCA of San Francisco 10 $33,450
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Inc. AKA YIVO 2 $400
Yiddish Farm Education Center 1 $22,000
Yesod Foundation 1 $8,000
Yeshivat Sha'alvim Inc. 1 $10,000
Yeshivat Maharat Inc. 3 $2,000
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School 1 $5,000
Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School 1 $5,000
Yeshiva Day School of Silicon Valley 1 $24,000
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 1 $5,000
Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. 1 $180
Year Up Bay Area 2 $91,500
Yavneh Day School 1 $1,800
Yamba Malawi 1 $250
Yale University 25 $377,678
Xerces Society Inc. 1 $1,000
Wounded Warrior Project Inc. 6 $1,100
World Wildlife Fund, Inc. 12 $4,675
World Vision 1 $100
World Union For Progressive Judaism 9 $27,040
World Learning, Inc. 2 $1,000
World Jewish Congress American Section Inc. 17 $16,638
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations Inc. 1 $500
World Affairs Council of Northern CA 1 $250
Working Group / Not In Our Town 1 $100
Woodstock Museum 1 $12,500
Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Foundation 1 $1,000
Woodside Priory School 1 $100,000
Woodland Educational Initiative DBA Woodland Charter School 1 $1,000
Wood River Community YMCA 1 $1,000
Womenshelter of Long Beach 1 $5,000
Women's Therapy Center Inc. 1 $100
Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project - WRRAP 1 $500
Women's Recovery Services 1 $100
Women's International Network for Guatemalan Solutions Inc. 1 $250
Women's Funding Network 1 $500
Women'S Foundation Of California 2 $5,750
Women's Daytime Drop-In Center 2 $500
Women's Community Clinic 1 $1,500
Women's Cancer Resource Center 1 $180
Women's Audio Mission 1 $2,500
Women's Action for New Directions Education Fund Inc. 2 $2,580
Women Rising Productions 1 $25,000
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent DBA W.O.M.A.N., Inc. 1 $200
Women Make Movies 2 $1,250
Women Giving As One Inc. AKA Impact100 Sonoma 1 $1,000
Women Employed Institute 1 $200
Witness for Peace 1 $500
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice 1 $100
Winters Friends of the Library 1 $200
Windsor High School Boosters 1 $4,500
Wilshire Boulevard Temple 2 $3,500
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls 1 $2,500
Williams College 2 $6,000
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice Inc. 2 $400
William Foxwell Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem 2 $9,500
Wildlife Conservation Society 4 $2,100
Wilderness Torah 8 $25,850
Wilderness Society 8 $14,130
Wildcoast 1 $300,000
Wildcare 10 $22,500
Wildaid Inc. 4 $215,100
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 10 $11,550
Wider Bridge 19 $42,820
Westside Kollel DBA LINK 1 $1,800
Westside Jewish Community Center, Inc. 1 $150
Westminster Adoption Group and Services Inc. 1 $1,000