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 name Total Grants Total Amountsort descending
Sandy Hook Promise Foundation 3 $50,250
Mills College 2 $50,500
Chabad Jewish Student Center at Berkeley 2 $50,800
Town School For Boys 2 $51,000
Save the Redwoods League 12 $51,950
Columbia University 11 $52,100
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay 20 $52,240
St. Anthony's 11 $52,350
Abraham Initiatives 2 $52,500
Middle East Forum 3 $52,860
Futures Without Violence 4 $53,000
Sinai Memorial Chapel - Chevra Kadisha 6 $53,000
Foundation for Jewish Camp 4 $53,180
Brandeis School of San Francisco 12 $53,730
Project Open Hand 9 $54,700
University of Washington Foundation 2 $55,000
Corporation of Haverford College 3 $55,000
American Friends of Bar-Ilan University 3 $55,200
Rainforest Action Network 3 $55,650
Hillel of Silicon Valley 8 $56,140
IsraAID 24 $56,168
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 6 $56,550
Mazon A Jewish Response to Hunger 25 $56,680
Chai Preschool 4 $57,300
Bay Area Cancer Connections 12 $58,100
Fractured Atlas 4 $58,200
A Wider Bridge 27 $58,320
Safe & Sound 7 $59,000
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation 8 $59,500
Niskanen Center 2 $60,000
Auburn Theological Seminary 2 $60,000
Human Rights Voices 1 $60,000
Lambda Legal 3 $60,000
Immaterial 1 $60,000
Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation 1 $60,000
Jewish Family Service Association 2 $60,000
First Place for Youth 3 $60,500
10,000 Degrees 5 $61,000
Marin General Hospital Foundation 4 $61,200
Chabad of the East Bay 7 $62,820
Stern Grove Festival Association 13 $64,100
Natural Resources Defense Council 31 $64,138
BBYO 6 $64,180
Kulanu 4 $64,573
Shalom Bayit 2 $65,000
Friends of ELNET 2 $65,000
Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley 6 $66,246
Nature Conservancy of California 16 $68,500
Teach for America, Bay Area 3 $70,000
Camp Ramah in Northern California 8 $70,360
San Francisco Zoological Society 8 $70,450
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank 41 $72,808
KIPP Bay Area Schools 6 $73,500
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California 22 $74,090
American Jewish Committee 30 $74,313
Congregation Beth Abraham of Oakland 22 $74,762
SilverLining 2 $75,000
Year Up Bay Area 2 $75,000
Francisco Park Conservancy 2 $75,000
Fuente Latina 2 $75,000
Last Chance at Life All Breed Rescue and Adoptions 1 $75,000
Democracy Now Productions 2 $75,300
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence 6 $76,600
Craig Hospital Foundation 4 $77,150
Friends of the Fromm Institute for Life-Long Learning 16 $78,700
Trust for Public Land 12 $79,257
Pono Grown Farm Center 1 $80,000
Cleveland Kids Book Bank 2 $80,000
College Preparatory School 6 $80,000
EIS Council 1 $80,000
Ultimate Peace 5 $80,300
Southern Poverty Law Center 42 $80,490
American Friends of Concordia University 4 $81,000
Middle East Media Research Institute 7 $81,010
Larkin Street Youth Services 18 $81,450
Summer Search 11 $82,500
Tides Center - Shalom Bayit 42 $83,003
University Corporation San Francisco State 6 $84,500
Family House 13 $87,850
Corporation of Fine Arts Museums 24 $87,879
Congregation Beth Sholom - San Francisco 29 $88,358
American Conservatory Theatre Foundation 10 $88,500
Northwestern University 9 $89,400
Canvas Church of San Francisco 2 $90,000
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 15 $90,450
San Francisco Parks Alliance 16 $91,900
American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology 7 $93,000
Peninsula Temple Sholom 18 $96,178
Planned Parenthood Northern California 23 $96,928
Social Good Fund 4 $99,000
Philos Project 1 $100,000
Alliance for Israel's Future 2 $100,000
Service Year Exchange 1 $100,000
Baptist Health South Florida Foundation 1 $100,000
Third Way Institute 1 $100,000
San Francisco Art Institute 1 $100,000
Friends of European Leadership Network 1 $100,000
Gatestone Institute 3 $100,400
Asylum Arts 2 $100,600
Georgetown University 4 $101,720