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 Grantssort descending Total Amount
Sprout 1 $500
Technoserve 1 $250
Virginia Organizing 1 $8,000
Women With a Vision 1 $400
Chabad of Marin and Sonoma 1 $100
Congregation Har-El 1 $1,000
Heska Amuna Synagogue 1 $1,250
Institute for the Next Jewish Future INJF 1 $360
Magain David Sephardim Congregation 1 $20,000
Romemu 1 $500
Temple Israel Canton 1 $1,000
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame 1 $150
AMVETS National Service Foundation 1 $100
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS 1 $2,000
Challenge Day 1 $3,000
Darby Bread Box 1 $750
Family Support Services 1 $4,000 1 $1,500
Inner City Law Center 1 $300
JESPY House 1 $180
Mindful Littles 1 $500
Nevada County Sherrif's Search and Rescue 1 $10,000
Oakland Lacrosse Club 1 $1,000
Paralyzed Veterans of America 1 $100
Project Create 1 $180
Refugee Home Project 1 $1,464
San Francisco 49ers Academy 1 $400
Service Year Exchange 1 $100,000
Street Life Ministries 1 $1,000
Wardrobe for Opportunity 1 $250
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations 1 $250
Alexander Valley Film Society 1 $1,000
Amigos del Museo del Barrio 1 $7,500
Catapult Film Fund 1 $7,500
City Lights Theater Company 1 $2,500
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts 1 $3,000
Gilbert & Sullivan Society of San Jose 1 $500
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center 1 $180
Magic Theatre 1 $150
New Amsterdam Presents 1 $5,000
Oakland Museum of California Foundation 1 $5,000
PBS Foundation 1 $200
Portland Museum of Art 1 $300
Santa Rosa Symphony Association 1 $2,000
Tannery Pond Concerts Corporation 1 $200
Wassaic Project 1 $26,000
American Foundation for the University of British Columbia 1 $250
Carlmont Music Boosters 1 $250
Claremont McKenna College 1 $2,000
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences 1 $250
Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools 1 $1,000
Friends of Woodstock School 1 $150
Golden Bridges School 1 $6,000
Kingswood Oxford School 1 $250
Marin Horizon School 1 $200
National Public Education Support Fund 1 $400,000
Pinewood School 1 $5,000
Raising A Reader MA 1 $150
Ridgefield Library Association 1 $1,000
Shining Hope for Communities 1 $500
St. Ignatius School 1 $1,000
The Kilgoris Project 1 $1,200
University of Louisville Athletic Association 1 $10,000
UWC-USA 1 $10,000
Willow Creek Foundation 1 $300
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust 1 $500
Central Park Conservancy 1 $2,500
Coral Reef Alliance 1 $5,000
Forests Forever Foundation 1 $100
Global Justice Ecology Project 1 $275
International Bird Rescue 1 $100
Napa Seafood Foundation 1 $1,000
Norcal Golden Retriever Rescue 1 $250
Outdoor Art Club 1 $100
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network 1 $1,050
Wildlife Guardians 1 $20,000
ALS Association-Washington D.C. 1 $500
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 1 $500
B.O.K. Ranch 1 $1,000 1 $100
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic 1 $300
Compassionate Friends 1 $250
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation 1 $500
Florida Health Justice Project 1 $300
Iowa Genealogical Society 1 $750
Luke's Fastbreaks 1 $1,000
NAMI San Mateo County 1 $500
Northwell Health Foundation 1 $360
Planned Parenthood of Maryland 1 $500
Academy SF 1 $3,850
Allied Media Projects 1 $250
American Friends of the Association for the advancement of Community Center 1 $15,000
Ballotpedia 1 $100
Children Now 1 $2,500
Community Water Center 1 $150
DonorsChoose 1 $3,000
Equality California Institute 1 $500
Foundation for a College Education 1 $100
Friends of the Oakland Public Library 1 $1,000
Growgood 1 $1,800