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
Berkeley Public Library Foundation 1 $300
Berkeley Public Schools Fund 3 $3,280
Berkeley Real Estate Forum 1 $25,000
Berkeley Repertory Theatre 12 $260,500
Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music (Freight & Salvage) 4 $16,700
Berkshire Community College Foundation Inc. 1 $1,800
Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 18 $68,220
Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights 1 $25,000
Best Buddies International, Inc. 7 $4,300
Best Friends Animal Society 2 $500
Bet Tzedek Legal Services 1 $1,000
Beth Am Israel 1 $5,000
Beth El Congregation, Baltimore 1 $1,500
Beth El Synagogue (Durham) 6 $22,016
Beth Jacob Congregation Of Oakland 7 $10,040
Beth Longwell Foundation 1 $100
Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco 2 $350
Better Angels Society 1 $500,000
Better Beginnings Inc. 1 $200
Better Health East Bay FKA Alta Bates Summit Foundation 1 $2,000
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 1 $250
Betty Ford Center 1 $250
Beyond Differences 18 $29,190
Beyond Nuclear FKA Nuclear Policy Research Institute 2 $783
Biblical Archaeology Society 1 $500
Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 $10,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 $200
Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 $100
Big God Ministries 1 $500
Big Sur Land Trust 1 $1,200
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation 1 $109,800
Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh 1 $12,500
Bim Bam FKA G-dcast 8 $23,750
Birthright Israel Foundation 30 $121,460
Black Girls Code, Inc. 1 $250
Black Womens Blueprint, Inc. 1 $30,000
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, Inc. 1 $40,000
Blue Rose Foundation 2 $750
Blue Water Baltimore 1 $250
Bolinas Community Land Trust 2 $10,000
Bolinas Museum 3 $4,500
Bolinas-Stinson Beach School Foundation 1 $500
Bonita House Inc. 1 $150
Booksin Elementary School Community Association 1 $500
Border Angels 1 $20,000
Boston Children's Hospital 2 $150,200
Boston Court Performing Arts Center 1 $1,000
Boston Critic Inc. 1 $10,000
Boston Latin School Association 2 $2,430
Boston Public Library Foundation, Inc. 1 $1,000
Boston Symphony Orchestra 2 $34,000
Boston University - Trustees of Boston University 2 $600
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Inc. 1 $500
Botanical Dimensions 1 $15,000
Boulder Community Broadcast Association Inc., aka KGNU Radio 1 $360
Boulder Jewish Community Center 1 $1,200
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. 1 $540
Boundless Brilliance 1 $500
Boy Scouts of America 1 $500
Boy Scouts of America 1 $100
Boys & Girls Club of America (multiple locations) 2 $1,500
Boys & Girls Club of America (multiple locations) 18 $38,280
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence 8 $2,780
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 2 $5,200
Brandeis Hillel Day School - Marin 12 $64,180
Brandeis School of San Francisco 10 $51,800
Brandeis University 4 $1,600
Branson School 9 $23,350
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community AKA Congregation Shir Heharim 2 $2,000
Brave New Films C3 1 $1,000
Bread & Roses Presents 2 $2,750
Bread Basket of Northeastern Pennsylvania 1 $500
Bread for the World Institute Inc. 1 $150
Breakthrough Collaborative, Inc. 2 $3,500
Breakthrough Institute 2 $400,000
Breast Cancer Action 5 $8,575
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners AKA BCPP 4 $28,950
Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2 $25,100 1 $150
Bridge Housing Corporation 2 $3,000
Bridgton Community Center 1 $100
Brigham Young University 1 $1,500
Brigid Alliance Inc. 1 $1,500
Bring Me a Book Foundation 2 $1,500
Broadway Barks Inc. 1 $5,000
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS, Inc. 2 $2,100
Brooke USA Inc 1 $100
Brookline I L Peretz School of the Workmen's Circle Inc. 1 $250
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund Inc. 1 $1,000
Broward County Film Society, Inc. 1 $5,000
Broward Education Foundation, Inc. 1 $5,000
Brown University 13 $273,750
Bryn Mawr College 1 $1,000
Bryn Mawr School for Girls of Baltimore City 1 $2,857
Buck Institute for Research on Aging 1 $1,000
Buffalo Bill Memorial Association AKA Buffalo Bill Center of the West 1 $250
Building Opportunities for Self- Sufficiency 1 $1,000
Burlingame Community for Education Foundation 1 $1,000
Burlingame High School Parents Group Inc. 1 $1,000
Burlingame Library Foundation 2 $2,100