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
Turtle Island Restoration Network 1 $250,000
Tzedakah Fund 5 $3,800
U.S. Committee Sports for Israel DBA Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel 1 $250
U.S.-Japan Council 1 $10,000
UC Davis Foundation 5 $7,250
UC Hastings Foundation 4 $14,500
UC Santa Barbara 4 $4,150
UC Santa Cruz 1 $2,000
UCLA Foundation 6 $79,100
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation 7 $155,000
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine 1 $20,000
UCSJ Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union Inc. 1 $180
Ultimate Peace Inc. 3 $35,250
Union College 3 $1,050
Union For Reform Judaism 7 $19,600
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) 10 $21,700
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 1 $15,000
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Inc. 4 $2,130
United Jewish Appeal Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NY Inc. (UJA) 1 $2,000
United Nations Watch - USA 5 $710
United Negro College Fund, Inc. 2 $500
United Policyholders 2 $1,250
United Religions DBA United Religions Initiative 9 $117,500
United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO World Headquarters) AKA USO 3 $1,300
United States Association for UNHCR 3 $1,600
United States Capitol Page Alumni Association Inc. 1 $1,000
United States Fund for UNICEF 1 $1,000
United States Fund for UNICEF 5 $2,350
United States Golf Association AKA USGA 1 $650
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 24 $42,863
United Synagogue Of Conservative Judaism 4 $45,920
United Way (Multiple Chapters) 15 $46,100
Unity San Francisco 1 $1,000
Unity Shoppe Inc. 1 $25,000
University Lutheran Church 1 $150
University of California, Berkeley (Foundation/Regents) 38 $502,553
University of California, San Diego Foundation 4 $10,830
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF Foundation/Regents) 117 $13,508,400
University Of Chicago 7 $22,150
University of Cincinnati Foundation 1 $100
University of Colorado Foundation 2 $5,000
University of Illinois Foundation 3 $5,500
University of Louisville Athletic Association Inc. 1 $10,000
University of Miami 1 $1,000
University of Michigan 5 $18,700
University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. 1 $250
University of Pennsylvania 8 $154,300
University of Rochester 1 $2,000
University of San Diego 1 $200
University Of San Francisco 7 $63,400
University Of Southern California 36 $332,550
University of Sydney USA Foundation 1 $200
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1 $100
University of Utah 2 $300,000
University Of Virginia Law School Foundation 2 $5,100
University of Virginia Medical School Foundation 1 $1,000
University of Washington Foundation 1 $25,000
University of Wisconsin Foundation 2 $2,000
University Synagogue 1 $100
UNRWA USA (UNRWA USA National Committee) 1 $100
Upper East Side Hatzolah, Inc. 1 $250
Upstart Bay Area 10 $73,900
Upward Scholars 2 $2,000
Upwardly Global 1 $275
Urban Adamah 20 $929,986
Urban Institute 1 $500,000
Urban Justice Center 1 $300
Urban Roots 1 $200
Urban School Of San Francisco 4 $56,750
URJ - Camp Kutz 1 $1,000
URJ - Camp Newman 11 $25,950
URJ - Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism 9 $15,750
US Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology AKA 1 $500
USA Cycling Development Foundation 1 $5,000
Usher 1F Collaborative Inc. 1 $360
Utility Reform Network dba TURN 3 $1,383
V Foundation AKA V Foundation For Cancer Research 11 $16,150
Vajrayana Foundation 1 $1,000
Valley Beth Shalom 1 $360
Valley of the Moon Festival 1 $100
Values in Action Foundation 2 $4,000
Vanderbilt University 3 $150,550
Variety - The Children's Charity 1 $250
Vascular Cures 1 $250
Velaslavasay Panorama 1 $10,000
Venetia Valley I Can University Foundation 1 $2,000
Ventura County Community Foundation 1 $5,000
Veterans Education Project Incorporated 1 $250
Veterans Legal Institute 1 $100
VGC Foundation 1 $500
Via Rehabilitation Services 1 $1,000
Vida Verde Nature Education 1 $1,000
Vietnam Foundation 1 $350
Village Academies, Inc. AKA Harlem Village Academies 1 $3,000
Vilna Project Inc. 1 $150
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, Inc. 1 $100
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1 $250
VOENA Children's Choir 1 $3,000
Volunteers of America Inc. 1 $100
Vote Solar 2 $1,000,000