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 namesort descending Total Grants Total Amount
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2 $15,000
Fort Mason Center 1 $3,000
Fortune Society 1 $1,000
Forward Association 3 $11,600
Forward Together 1 $300
ForWords 3 $1,700
Foster Care Counts 1 $5,000
Foundation Fighting Blindness 3 $1,500
Foundation for a College Education 1 $100
Foundation for Animal Care and Education 1 $15,000
Foundation for Jewish Camp 4 $53,180
Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity 1 $15,000
Foundation for Students Rising Above 7 $19,700
Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 4 $175,000
Foundation of City College of San Francisco 4 $5,300
Fractured Atlas 4 $58,200
Francis W. Parker School 2 $300
Francisco Park Conservancy 2 $75,000
Fred Rogers Company 1 $500
Free at Last Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Services 1 $100
Free the Slaves 1 $1,200
Freedom for All Americans Education Fund 1 $2,500
Freedom from Hunger 1 $100
Freedom Service Dogs 1 $500
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse 5 $39,200
Fresh Air Fund 1 $1,000
Fresh Lifelines for Youth 3 $1,500
Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library 14 $42,955
Friends Central School Corporation 1 $10,000
Friends of Asor Fund USA 2 $1,500
Friends of Bolinas Stinson Beach Libraries 1 $100
Friends of Chabad on Campus 1 $1,000
Friends of China Camp 1 $1,000
Friends of ELNET 2 $65,000
Friends of Ethiopian Jews 1 $100
Friends of European Leadership Network 1 $100,000
Friends of Front Street Shelter 1 $1,000
Friends of Ir David 1 $2,500
Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans Beit Halochem 1 $4,000
Friends of Israel Initiative 1 $1,000
Friends of JCC Krakow 2 $1,500
Friends of Lubavitch 3 $1,260
Friends of McGill University 1 $10,000
Friends of Nahal Haredi 1 $2,000
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park 1 $1,000
Friends of Rodeph Sholom School 1 $1,000
Friends of Sausal Creek 1 $2,000
Friends of School of the Arts Foundation 1 $100
Friends of Stevens Creek Trail 1 $200
Friends of Straus Park 1 $200
Friends of the Arava Institute 2 $10,360
Friends of the Berkeley Public Library 1 $500
Friends of the Cameo 3 $5,600
Friends of the Children - SF Bay Area 3 $1,600
Friends of the Darby Community Public Library 1 $250
Friends of the Earth 6 $11,590
Friends of the El Cerrito Library 1 $250
Friends of the Forum 1 $300
Friends of the Fromm Institute for Life-Long Learning 16 $78,700
Friends of the High Line 1 $100
Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority 3 $155,000
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces 30 $155,052
Friends of the Jewish Community Library 13 $31,800
Friends of the Library of Portola Valley 1 $1,000
Friends of the Martell School House 1 $2,000
Friends of the Mountain View Library 1 $200
Friends of the Oakland Public Library 1 $3,000
Friends of the Oakland Public Library 1 $1,000
Friends of the Orinda Library 2 $350
Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter 1 $100
Friends of the River Foundation 4 $600
Friends of the Rockridge Library 1 $1,000
Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library 1 $360
Friends of the Urban Forest 4 $1,775
Friends of Thirteen 1 $100
Friends of Vancouver Foundation 1 $20,500
Friends of Woodstock School 1 $150
Friends of Yad Sarah 3 $10,790
Friends of Zen, 1 $10,000
From the Top 3 $2,250
Front Exhibition Company 1 $10,000
FSHD Society 2 $680
Fuente Latina 2 $75,000
Fund for Global Human Rights 1 $1,000
Fund for the Tiger 1 $1,000
Futures Without Violence 4 $53,000
Gan Israel Preschool 1 $560
GANN Academy - The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston 1 $45,000
Garrett Moulton Productions 3 $22,000
Gatestone Institute 3 $100,400
Gay for Good 1 $25,000
Gender Spectrum Charitable Fund 2 $205,000
GenderAvenger 1 $1,500
Generations in Jazz Foundation 1 $2,500
George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 1 $2,500
George Mark Children's Fund 2 $6,000
George Mason University Foundation 1 $500
George Mason University Foundation 1 $125,000
George School 1 $1,000
George W. Bush Foundation 1 $20,000