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:

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 Grantssort descending Total Amount
American Jewish World Service, Inc. (AJWS) 44 $241,228
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) 45 $400,640
Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. 47 $121,998
Peninsula Temple Beth-El 48 $184,403
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith 49 $99,290
San Francisco Jewish Comm Publications 50 $70,231
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS - San Francisco) 50 $176,003
Jewish Home And Senior Living Foundation 52 $3,323,800
Stanford University 57 $5,003,840
Chabad (Multiple Locations) 61 $319,299
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU - All Affiliates) 64 $2,084,490
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 70 $1,612,120
Contemporary Jewish Museum 71 $701,699
Congregation Kol Emeth 74 $5,842,900
New Israel Fund 75 $849,090
Congregation Beth Am 79 $483,730
KQED Inc. 93 $104,280
Congregation Emanu-El 96 $676,292
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) 102 $664,208
Hillel Foundation (Multiple Campuses) 108 $572,372
Jewish Family and Children's Services 109 $271,254
Planned Parenthood Federation 110 $152,434
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF Foundation/Regents) 117 $13,508,400
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (San Francisco Bay Area) 341 $6,051,440