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
Whistlestop 1 $2,000
Whitefield Foundation and Center 1 $118
Wider Bridge 2 $10,500
Wikimedia Foundation 11 $6,498
Wild Salmon Center 1 $350
Wildaid 2 $200,108
Wildcare 6 $19,750
Wildcoast 1 $300,000
Wilderness Society 6 $150,600
Wilderness Torah 9 $45,680
Wildlife Conservation Society 1 $100
Wildlife Guardians 1 $20,000
Wilkes Bashford Helping Hands Emergency Fund 1 $250
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice 5 $26,050
Williams College 2 $6,000
Williams Memorial Institute 1 $250
Willow Creek Foundation 1 $300
Wilshire Boulevard Temple 3 $17,000
Win Without War Education Fund 1 $284
Wine to Water 1 $250
Winters Friends of the Library 1 $100
Winters Healthcare Foundation 1 $1,000
Winters Joint Unified School District 1 $1,000
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra 1 $5,000
Witness for Peace 1 $500
Women for Women International 3 $700
Women Make Movies 2 $1,500
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent 1 $200
Women With a Vision 1 $400
Women's Action for New Directions Education Fund 2 $2,834
Women's Audio Mission 1 $2,500
Women's Cancer Resource Center 1 $180
Women's Daytime Drop-In Center 1 $500
Women's Foundation of California 1 $5,000
Women's Global Education Project 1 $1,000
Women's International Network for Guatemalan Solutions 1 $250
Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project - WRRAP 2 $2,340
WomenShelter of Long Beach 1 $5,000
Wood River Community YMCA 1 $800
Wood River Jewish Community 1 $1,900
Wood River Women's Foundation 1 $1,100
Woodside School Foundation 1 $1,000
Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Foundation 1 $2,000
Woodstock Museum 1 $12,500
Working Assumptions Foundation 4 $2,100,000
World Affairs Council of Northern CA 1 $4,250
World Animal Protection 1 $100
World Arts West 2 $2,150
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations 1 $250
World Food Program 1 $118
World Jewish Congress American Section 13 $13,790
World Resources Institute 2 $45,000
World Union for Progressive Judaism 11 $44,680
World Vision 1 $100
World Wildlife Fund 12 $37,400
Wounded Warrior Project 7 $3,000
WriterCoach Connection 1 $250
Writers in the Schools 1 $500
Xavier University of Louisiana 1 $500
Yale University 21 $111,994
Yavneh Day School 1 $1,000
Year Up Bay Area 2 $75,000
Yellow Ribbon Fund 1 $180
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 1 $1,000
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 1 $500
YES Nature to Neighborhoods 3 $3,485
YES, Ross Valley Schools Foundation 2 $3,500
Yeshiva Day School of Silicon Valley 1 $18,000
Yeshiva University 1 $10,000
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School 3 $8,200
Yeshiva-Torah Vodaath-Mesivta 1 $1,800
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School Ltd. 2 $1,500
Yesod Foundation 1 $12,000
Yiddish Farm Education Center 1 $18,000
YMCA of San Francisco 4 $49,540
YMCA of the East Bay 1 $1,000
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $250
Yosemite Conservancy 5 $6,080
You Can Vote 1 $50,000
Young Audiences of Northern California 1 $1,500
Young Women's Choral Projects 2 $20,000
Youth Community Service 1 $200
Youth in Arts 1 $350
Youth Law Center 1 $7,500
Youth Radio 3 $1,050
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project 1 $1,000
Youth Speaks 2 $13,000
Youth Spirit Artworks 1 $250
Youth Tennis Advantage 2 $2,600
YWCA San Francisco & Marin 1 $3,000
YWCA Silicon Valley 1 $5,000
Zaccho SF 1 $3,000
Zamir Choral Foundation 1 $1,800
Zen Hospice Project 3 $4,200
Zeta Beta Tau Foundation 1 $2,000
Zioness Movement 2 $6,400
Zionist Organization of America 4 $2,250
Zohar Dance Company 2 $1,100
Zonta International Foundation 1 $720