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
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 $125
Rock Point School 1 $10,000
Rock Poster Society 1 $5,000
Rocket Dog Rescue 1 $200
Rocketship Education 1 $50,000
Rocky Mountain Wild Incorporated 1 $540
Rodeph Shalom Congregation 2 $21,000
Rohr Chabad House at Vanderbilt University 1 $180
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School 12 $44,160
Ronald McDonald House Charities (Multiple Locations) 16 $128,650
Room to Read 2 $2,500
Root Division 1 $2,000
Roots of Peace 2 $280
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment 2 $3,830
Rosenberg Fund for Children 1 $250
Rosies Foundation 1 $1,000
Ross Police Officers Association 3 $1,200
Ross School Foundation 2 $11,800
Rossmoor Fund 5 $600
Rotacare Bay Area, Inc. 1 $300
Rotaplast International, Inc. 1 $250
Rotary District 5170 Foundation 1 $200
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 2 $80,355
Roxie Theater 2 $6,000
Rufus Porter Museum Inc. 1 $150
Rural California Broadcasting Corp. KRCB-TV 22 2 $1,000
Russian Riverkeeper 1 $250
Rutgers University Foundation 1 $15,000
Rye Country Day School 1 $500
RYSE Inc. 2 $6,000
Sacred Heart Community Service 2 $2,760
Safe & Sound (formerly San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center) 14 $25,290
Salem Presbytery dba Epiphany Presbyterian Church 1 $18,000
Salesian Boys and Girls Club Inc. 1 $250
Salvation Army - Golden State Division 7 $2,900
Salvation Farms 1 $100
Samaritan House 9 $19,350
San Carlos Educational Foundation 1 $1,200
San Diego Foundation 1 $200
San Francisco Aids Foundation 11 $20,730
San Francisco Architectural Heritage 4 $3,900
San Francisco Art and Film Program 1 $500
San Francisco Art Institute 5 $220,100
San Francisco Arts Education Project 1 $5,000
San Francisco Ballet Association 21 $175,150
San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Inc. 1 $1,000
San Francisco Beautiful 1 $200
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Education Fund Inc. 3 $6,100
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum 12 $44,420
San Francisco Camerawork Inc. 1 $180
San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living 1 $10,000
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis 1 $1,000
San Francisco Center for the Book 1 $180
San Francisco Chapter of the Older Women's League 1 $180
San Francisco City Impact 1 $1,200
San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium 1 $20,000
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Inc. 8 $84,450
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players 2 $700
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program 6 $13,000
San Francisco Day School 1 $1,000
San Francisco Early Music Society 3 $450
San Francisco Education Fund 3 $252,700
San Francisco Film Society 6 $5,750
San Francisco Free Clinic 13 $34,250
San Francisco Friends School 3 $26,000
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation 23 $227,408
San Francisco Girls Chorus, Inc. 2 $1,500
San Francisco Host Committee 2 $5,000
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival Inc. 1 $500
San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ) 16 $25,750
San Francisco Jewish Comm Publications 50 $70,231
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 17 $74,800
San Francisco Landmark Fund 1 $300
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center 2 $1,250
San Francisco Mime Troupe 3 $5,433
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society 2 $2,600
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 34 $225,891
San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation 1 $5,000
San Francisco Opera Association 23 $235,518
San Francisco Opera Guild 3 $23,000
San Francisco Parks Alliance 10 $15,500
San Francisco Performances, Inc. 1 $2,500
San Francisco Playhouse 5 $76,850
San Francisco Police Activities League (SFPAL) 1 $1,000
San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group 1 $1,000
San Francisco Public Health Foundation 1 $2,500
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department 1 $1,000
San Francisco Rescue Mission 1 $100
San Francisco SafeHouse 1 $300
San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 9 $20,200
San Francisco State University 3 $31,500
San Francisco Students Back on Track 1 $500
San Francisco Suicide Prevention 1 $200
San Francisco Symphony 44 $406,425
San Francisco Unified School District 1 $3,700
San Francisco Unified School District - KALW 5 $2,600
San Francisco University High School 5 $7,800
San Francisco Women Artists 1 $400
San Francisco Youth Theatre 1 $3,500
San Francisco Zoological Society 6 $55,500