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
George Washington High School Alumni Association 1 $250
George Washington University 1 $1,000
Georgetown University 4 $101,720
Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School 1 $3,000
German Marshall Fund of the United States 2 $1,000,000
German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California 1 $1,000
Gesher Foundation 1 $100
Giants Community Fund 4 $10,100
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School 20 $274,794
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence 8 $15,340
Gilbert & Sullivan Society of San Jose 1 $500
Gilroy Foundation 2 $2,684
Giraffe Conservation Foundation USA 1 $1,000
Girl Scouts of Northern California 3 $12,150
Girls Inc of the Central Coast 1 $1,000
Girls Leadership Institute 1 $25,000
Girls Middle School 4 $6,000
Girls of Alameda County 1 $100
Girls To Women 1 $100
GirlVentures 1 $200
Givat Haviva Educational Foundation 2 $4,050
Give2Asia 1 $100
GiveDirectly 3 $6,273
Giving Back Fund 1 $50,000
GLAAD 1 $10,000
Glaucoma Research Foundation 4 $4,750
GLBT Historical Society 1 $10,000
GLIDE Foundation 25 $777,700
Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance 2 $3,950
Global Alliance forinerator Alternatives 1 $15,000
Global Camps Africa 1 $10,000
Global Citizen Year 3 $12,500
Global Fund for Women 3 $7,500
Global Glimpse 1 $5,000
Global Jewish Assistance and Relief Network 1 $300
Global Justice Ecology Project 1 $275
Global Strategies for HIV Prevention 1 $1,000
Global Wildlife Conservation 1 $50,000
Gloucester Stage Company 1 $500
GLSEN 2 $2,400
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer 2 $368
Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary and Education Center 1 $1,000
Golden Bridges School 1 $6,000
Golden Gate Blues Society 1 $1,600
Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue 1 $100
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 14 $28,975
Golden Gate Opera 1 $600
Golden Gate Philharmonic 1 $1,800
Golden Gate Symphony and Chorus 1 $5,000
Good Food Institute 1 $2,000
Good Neighbor Settlement House 1 $500
GOOD+ Foundation FKA Baby Buggy 1 $1,800
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties 2 $600
Gottesman RTW Academy 1 $1,800
Government Accountability Project 2 $5,835
Grace Cathedral 1 $1,000
Grace Science Foundation 3 $36,000
Graduate Theological Union 2 $2,750
Grameen Foundation 1 $150
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 1 $750
Grassroots Collaborative 1 $250,000
Great American Songbook Foundation 2 $25,500
Greater Boston Legal Services 1 $150
Greater Miami Jewish Federation 2 $500
Greater Washington Comunity Foundation 1 $300
Green Science Policy Institute 1 $350
Green Street Rescue 1 $1,000
Greenlight Clinic 8 $13,600
Greenpeace Fund 11 $8,430
Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre 1 $3,000
Groundspark 1 $500
Growgood 1 $1,800
Guardsmen 2 $3,000
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind 1 $100
Guide Dogs for the Blind 5 $5,730
Guiding Eyes for the Blind 1 $250
Gulf of Maine Research Institute 1 $350
Gunn Memorial Library 1 $1,000
Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine & Humanology 1 $1,800
Guttmacher Institute 2 $2,600
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley 1 $25,000
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco 5 $1,500
Habitat for Humanity International 4 $3,750
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County 1 $300
Habonim Camp Association 1 $1,000
Hadassah the Women's Zionist Organization of America 13 $16,910
Haight Ashbury Food Program 2 $2,000
HairToStay 13 $46,800
Haiti Partners 1 $1,000
Halachic Organ Donor Society 1 $180
Halleck Creek Ranch 1 $3,750
HAMAQOM 10 $584,883
Hamilton College 1 $2,500
Hamilton Families 8 $9,488
Hand in Hand: American Friends of the Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel 5 $19,040
Hands Across the Sea 1 $500
Hands Across the Valley 1 $1,000
Hands of Peace 2 $1,440
Happy Shalom School 5 $6,800
Happy Valley Foundation 1 $500