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 name Total Grants Total Amountsort descending
Cityteam Ministries 1 $100
Farm Sanctuary Inc. 1 $100
International House AKA I-House - New York 1 $100
Kids V Cancer 1 $100
NewCAJE, Inc. 1 $100
Orion Society AKA Orion Magazine 1 $100
Seeds of South Sudan 1 $100
Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness 1 $100
Trinity Episcopal Church 1 $100
Turn 2 U Inc. AKA The Last Mile 1 $100 1 $100
Women's Recovery Services 1 $100
Aish Hatorah Jerusalem Fund, Inc. 1 $100
Amigos de las Americas Peninsula Chapter 1 $100
Brooke USA Inc 1 $100
Congregation Kol Tefillah 1 $100
Forests Forever Foundation 1 $100
Israel Cancer Research Fund 1 $100
MayView Community Health Center 1 $100
Mendocino Land Trust Incorporated 1 $100
ProsthetiKA Foundation 1 $100
Temple Judea 1 $100
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice 1 $100
Acalanes Choral Boosters Incorporated 1 $100
American Conference of Cantors, Inc. 1 $100
American Friends of LIBI, Inc. 1 $100
Community Alliance for Learning (WriterCoach Connection) 1 $100
Consumers' Checkbook 1 $100
Covenant House California 1 $100
Friends Of School Of The Arts Foundation 1 $100
Kurts Fund aka Kurt + Peter Foundation 1 $100
Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Inc. 1 $100
Sand Lake Center for the Arts Circle Theatre Players, Inc. 1 $100
Valley of the Moon Festival 1 $100
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Inc. 1 $100
Women's Therapy Center Inc. 1 $100
Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 $100
Cancer Carepoint, Inc. 1 $100
Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. 1 $100
Evelyn Reubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston 1 $100
Fawn Rescue 1 $100
Fort Mason Center 1 $100
Francis W. Parker School 1 $100
Friends of Scrap, Inc. 1 $100
Grant Foundation AKA Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti 1 $100
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 1 $100
Jewish Council for Public Affairs 1 $100
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia 1 $100
King & Low-Heywood Thomas Schools Inc. 1 $100
League of Women Voters Education Fund 1 $100
Ms. Foundation for Women Inc. 1 $100
National Park Trust, Inc. 1 $100
North Shore Animal League America, Inc. 1 $100
Paralyzed Veterans of America 1 $100
St. Helena Community Band 1 $100
ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter 1 $100
CASA - California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association 1 $100
Claremont Graduate University 1 $100
Free at Last Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Services 1 $100
Hawaiian Humane Society 1 $100
Jewish Education in Media, Inc. DBA JBS Jewish Broadcasting Service 1 $100
Juma Ventures 1 $100
King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) 1 $100
Senior Adults Legal Assistance 1 $100
American Diabetes Association, Inc. 1 $100
American Kidney Fund 1 $100
AMVETs National Service Foundation 1 $100
Central Park Conservancy, Inc. 1 $100
Feed the Children, Inc. 1 $100
Japan America Society of Southern California 1 $100
New Rochelle Public Library Foundation Inc. 1 $100
Oakland Community Organization 1 $100
Paws for Purple Hearts 1 $100
Queens Centers for Progress FKA United Cerebral Palsy of Queens 1 $100
Rett Syndrome Research Trust, Inc. 1 $100
Volunteers of America Inc. 1 $100
WE Charity AKA Free the Children 1 $100
Yolo Land Trust 1 $100
Bellarmine College Preparatory 1 $100
Boy Scouts of America 1 $100
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation 1 $100
Congregation Beth David 1 $100
East Bay Bicycle Coalition DBA Bike East Bay 1 $100
Junior Center of Art & Science 1 $100
Muscular Dystrophy Association 1 $100
Palo Alto Community Child Care 1 $100
PRC (Positive Resource Center) 1 $100
PRX Incorporated 1 $100
Salvation Farms 1 $100
Beth Longwell Foundation 1 $100
Center For Community Change 1 $100
Cheshire Academy 1 $100
Family Foundation Charitable Trust 1 $100
Food Bank Contra Costa and Solano 1 $100
Friends of the Palo Alto Children's Theatre 1 $100
Historical Society of Winters 1 $100
Israel Peace Initiative 1 $100
Jobtrain, Inc. 1 $100
Levite Jewish COmmunity Center 1 $100
Museum at Eldridge Street 1 $100