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 name Total Grants Total Amountsort descending
Djerassi Resident Artists Program 1 $150
Math-Science Nucleus 1 $150
Pacific School of Religion 1 $150
Rufus Porter Museum Inc. 1 $150
Catholic Social Services 1 $150
Human Investment Project, Inc. aka HIP Housing 1 $150
Pacifica Foundation 1 $150
PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro 1 $150
Center for Youth Development through Law 1 $150
Terwilliger Nature Education Legacy 1 $150
Beans Cafe, Inc. 1 $150
Westside Jewish Community Center, Inc. 1 $150
Zionist Organization of America AKA ZOA 1 $150
Bay Area Open Space Council 1 $150
Vilna Project Inc. 1 $150
Carmel Art Association 1 $150
Bread for the World Institute Inc. 1 $150
Claremont Canyon Conservancy 1 $150
Metropolitan Opera Guild 1 $150
Alaska Literacy Program, Inc. 1 $150
St. Helena Community Food Pantry 1 $150
Sustainable Harvest International 1 $150
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, Inc. 1 $150
Bonita House Inc. 1 $150
Temple Shalom 1 $150
University Lutheran Church 1 $150
Digital Divide Data AKA DDD 1 $150
Food Allergy and Research Education 1 $150
Friends of the Oakland Public Library 1 $150
Youthbuild USA, Inc. 1 $150
City Arts and Lectures, Inc. 1 $150
Peace Action Education Fund 1 $150
Savannah Country Day School Inc. 1 $150
California Fire Foundation 1 $150
Presbyterian Church USA A Corp DBA Stony Point Center 1 $150
Save the Waves Coalition 1 $160
Epilepsy Foundation of America 1 $175
Action on Smoking and Health 1 $180
Compassionate Listening Project 1 $180
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra 1 $180
Transgender Law Center 1 $180
American Institute for Cancer Research 1 $180
Jewish Student Center DBA Chabad at USC 1 $180
Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt University 1 $180
Temple Beth Am 1 $180
Women's Cancer Resource Center 1 $180
American Zionist Movement Inc. 1 $180
Zemer Chai, Washington's Jewish Community Chorus Inc. 1 $180
California Invasive Plant Council 1 $180
Innocence Project, Inc. 1 $180
MoEd 1 $180
JESPY House 1 $180
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs SEE Inc. 1 $180
Commonweal 1 $180
Homeward Bound of Marin 1 $180
Merkos Chabad-Lubavitch Organization 1 $180
North American Council for the Legacy of Polish Jews 1 $180
Public Concern Foundation Inc. 1 $180
UCSJ Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union Inc. 1 $180
Chapel Hill Kehillah 1 $180
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1 $180
Shakespeare Play On AKA Santa Cruz Shakespeare 1 $180
California Western School of Law dba California Innocence Project 1 $180
Environmental Health Strategy Center 1 $180
Frisch School 1 $180
Kavod 1 $180
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation 1 $180
Call to Action of Northern California 1 $180
Cutting Ball Theater 1 $180
Detroit Jewish News Foundation, Inc. 1 $180
Etz Chaim Synagogue 1 $180
Girls Leading Girls 1 $180
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School 1 $180
Community United Against Violence Inc. 1 $180
Faith Matters Inc. DBA Interfaith Voices 1 $180
Jampolsky Outreach Foundation AKA Attitudinal Healing International 1 $180
San Francisco Camerawork Inc. 1 $180
Stanford Jewish Center Inc. DBA Rhor Chabad House at Stanford 1 $180
Reading Village 1 $180
Senior Advocacy Services 1 $180
Art Council, Inc. AKA Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue 1 $180
Grateful Garment Project 1 $180
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 1 $180
Miami University Foundation Inc. 1 $180
Children's Hospital Los Angeles 1 $180
National Physicians Alliance Foundation, Inc. 1 $180
San Francisco Center for the Book 1 $180
Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. 1 $180
Cornelia Connelly Center for Education 1 $180
Disability Rights Advocates 1 $180
Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research 1 $180
San Francisco Chapter of the Older Women's League 1 $180
American Humanist Association 1 $183
Hospital De La Familia Foundation 2 $200
San Diego Foundation 1 $200
Better Beginnings Inc. 1 $200
Dry Creek Valley Association 1 $200
Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California 1 $200
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic AKA Learning Ally 1 $200
All Join Hands Foundation, LTD. 2 $200