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 descending Total Grants Total Amount
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 1 $500,000
American Diabetes Association, Inc. 1 $100
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research 1 $100,000
American Farmland Trust 2 $500
American Friends of Alyn Hospital, Inc. 4 $36,500
American Friends of Bar-Ilan University 2 $5,200
American Friends of Combatants for Peace, Inc. 3 $1,200
American Friends of Concordia University 2 $10,000
American Friends of Darche Noam Inc. 1 $1,800
American Friends of Hospice of the Upper Galilee 1 $500
American Friends of IDC 1 $25,000
American Friends of ITIM Inc 1 $1,800
American Friends of Lema'an Achai 1 $600
American Friends of Leo Baeck College 1 $1,350
American Friends of LIBI, Inc. 1 $100
American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) (ARMDI) 18 $16,650
American Friends of Maoz-Seal Inc. 2 $100,613
American Friends of Neve Hanna Inc. 1 $1,000
American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam Inc. 4 $7,860
American Friends of the Association for the advancement of Community Center 1 $100,000
American Friends Of The Hebrew University Inc. 9 $85,230
American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute Inc. 1 $250,000
American Friends of the Israel Museum 5 $72,500
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Inc. 7 $71,800
American Friends of the M & M Frankel Center for the Improvement of Learning 4 $1,900
American Friends of the Open University of Israel, Inc. 2 $280
American Friends of the Parents Circle - Families Forum 3 $2,955
American Friends of the Rambam Health Care Campus 2 $10,400
American Friends of the Re'ut Institute 1 $5,000
American Friends of the Tel Aviv University Inc. 11 $523,893
American Friends of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) 1 $1,600
American Friends of Vibe Israel dba Vibe Israel USA 1 $3,600
American Friends of Yad Eliezer Inc. 13 $23,680
American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel 1 $125
American Heart Association 6 $1,180
American Himalayan Foundation 3 $36,000
American Humane Association (American Humane Society) 2 $200
American Humanist Association 1 $183
American Indian College Fund 5 $5,180
American Institute for Cancer Research 1 $180
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 1 $500
American Israel Education Foundation, Inc. 13 $600,800
American Jewish Committee 13 $11,300
American Jewish Committee, NY 3 $3,000
American Jewish Congress Inc. 3 $560
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Inc. (JDC) 40 $423,880
American Jewish University 1 $1,000
American Jewish World Service, Inc. (AJWS) 44 $241,228
American Junior Golf Association, Inc. 1 $480
American Kidney Fund 1 $100
American Lung Association in California 2 $400
American Mathematical Society 1 $2,000
American Museum of Fly Fishing Inc. 1 $1,500
American Numismatic Society 1 $2,500
American Oversight 1 $250,000
American Prairie Reserve 1 $10,000
American Red Cross 11 $18,950
American Red Cross of Napa County 1 $10,000
American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter 1 $1,800
American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter 13 $20,300
American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter 1 $100
American Refugee Committee 1 $500
American Repertory Theatre 1 $500
American Rivers, Inc. 2 $1,180
American Schools of Oriental Research 2 $1,500
American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Inc. 4 $32,250
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) 8 $3,700
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 3 $10,280
American Society for Yad Vashem Inc. 5 $1,705
American Supporters of Yedid, Inc. 1 $5,000
American Youth Hostels (Hostelling International USA) 3 $4,500
American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad Inc. (AYUDA) 1 $100
American Zionist Movement Inc. 1 $180
Americans for Peace Now, Inc. 5 $2,750
Americans United for Separation of Church and State 9 $70,700
AmeriCares Foundation 2 $350
Ames Jewish Congregation 1 $10,000
Amigos de las Americas Peninsula Chapter 1 $100
Amigos del Museo del Barrio 1 $10,000
Amnesty International USA, Inc. 10 $5,950
Amnesty International, SF 1 $1,000
AMVETs National Service Foundation 1 $100
Amyloidosis Support Group, Inc. 1 $500
Anderson Ranch Arts Center 1 $1,000
Animal Haven 2 $3,500
Animal Legal Defense Fund 1 $100
Animal Welfare Institute 1 $100
Anshe Emunah Moses Montefiore Hebrew Congregation 2 $6,000
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith 49 $99,290
Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation 1 $200
AquAbility Inc. 1 $100
Aragon High School 1 $3,000
Arcata House Partnership 1 $200
Archaelogical Legacy Institute 1 $250
Archbishop Riordan High School 8 $15,100
Architectural Foundation of San Francisco 1 $3,000
Arnold P. Gold Foundation 1 $1,500
Arroyo High School Instrumental Music Boosters 1 $2,500
Art and Remembrance Inc. 1 $295
Art Council, Inc. AKA Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue 1 $180