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
United Workers Association 1 $25,000
Woodside School Foundation 1 $1,000
Chabad of Palm Springs 1 $200
Congregation Bet Haverim Jewish Fellowship of Davis 1 $200
Congregation B'nai Emunah 1 $10,000
Congregation Kona Beth Shalom 1 $120
First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta 1 $200
Hillel at the Claremont Colleges 1 $360
IYYUN 1 $35,000
Kavod 1 $118
Michigan Hillel 1 $550
Our Lady of Angels Parish 1 $2,000
Sefaria 1 $5,000
Temple Beth El (Ithaca) 1 $4,300
Temple Shalom 1 $150
Unity San Francisco 1 $1,000
Alliance for Girls 1 $10,000
Berkeley Food Network 1 $100
California Fire Foundation 1 $25,000
Catholic Social Services 1 $150
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley 1 $1,000
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) 1 $100
Destination Home 1 $1,800
Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel 1 $1,800
Food & Water Watch 1 $5,000
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley 1 $25,000
Holy Family Day Homes of San Francisco 1 $500
International Campaign for Tibet 1 $250
Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation of America 1 $10,000
Martha's Village & Kitchen 1 $1,000
Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth 1 $180
New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project 1 $2,500
One Drop Foundation 1 $1,000
Peninsula Bridge Education Foundation 1 $250
Protect Democracy Project 1 $5,000
Rise Together Education 1 $100
San Francisco SafeHouse 1 $500
Southern California PGA Foundation 1 $10,000
SuperYou FUNdation 1 $100
United Way of Miami-Dade. 1 $1,000
Wells Bring Hope 1 $250
Art and Remembrance 1 $350
Axis Dance Company 1 $2,000
Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights 1 $20,799
Chabot Space and Science Center 1 $180
Dance Training Center-San Francisco 1 $500
Friends of School of the Arts Foundation 1 $100
Golden Gate Opera 1 $600
Imagine LA 1 $500
Mindful Life Project 1 $3,000
New York City Ballet 1 $250
Occidental Community Choir 1 $200
Peninsula Youth Theatre 1 $200
Sonoma County Bach Society 1 $25,000
The Jewish Museum - New York 1 $1,000
Acalanes Parents Club 1 $600
Asian University for Women Support Foundation 1 $5,000
British Schools and Universities Foundation 1 $6,450
Darby Schools Excellence Fund 1 $750
Friends Central School Corporation 1 $10,000
George Mason University Foundation 1 $500
Haiti Partners 1 $1,000
Homework Central 1 $200
Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School 1 $600,000
Lake Travis High School Parent Teacher Organization 1 $500
Montera Junior High Parent Faculty Student Club 1 $500
Pomona College 1 $5,000
Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School 1 $1,800
Sterne School 1 $6,250
Third Way Institute 1 $100,000
Union College 1 $200
Voice of Witness 1 $1,500
350 Bay Area Climate Education Fund 1 $1,000
Apparel Impact Institute 1 $3,000
California Indian Environmental Alliance 1 $300
Coastside Land Trust 1 $1,000
Defenders of Wildlife 1 $4,000
Equamore Foundation 1 $1,000
Friends of China Camp 1 $1,000
Laguna De Santa Rosa Foundation 1 $500
Marine Mammals of Maine 1 $3,000
Northern Jaguar Project 1 $10,000
Palo Alto Humane Society 1 $500
Save the Waves Coalition 1 $200
Surfrider Foundation 1 $10,000
Urgewald 1 $15,000
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $250
American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel 1 $125
End Well Foundation 1 $500
Global Camps Africa 1 $10,000
Jason Foundation 1 $500
Marc Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Foundation 1 $100
National Federation of the Blind 1 $100
On Lok 1 $1,000
Paws for Purple Hearts 1 $100
Roots of Peace 1 $180
Vascular Cures 1 $250
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley 1 $180
Ameinu Our People 1 $5,000
Bizworld Foundation 1 $200