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 name Total Grants Total Amountsort descending
Trevor Project 1 $180
University of Wisconsin Foundation 1 $180
Halachic Organ Donor Society 1 $180
Yellow Ribbon Fund 1 $180
Chabad of College Hill 1 $180
Chapel Hill Kehillah 1 $180
Family Caregiver Alliance 1 $200
MIB Agents 1 $200
First Descents 1 $200
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 1 $200
Congregation Shir Shalom 2 $200
Livestrong Foundation 1 $200
Association for Women in Science 1 $200
Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego 2 $200
Amigos de Las Americas 1 $200
Bay Area Rescue Mission 1 $200
Story Works Alaska 1 $200
Trust for Hidden Villa 2 $200
GirlVentures 1 $200
PBS Foundation 1 $200
Tannery Pond Concerts Corporation 1 $200
Marin Horizon School 1 $200
Praxis Project 1 $200
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology 1 $200
PBS SoCal 1 $200
St. John's College - Annapolis 1 $200
Coalition on Homelessness 1 $200
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson 1 $200
Youth Community Service 1 $200
University of Pittsburgh 1 $200
Animal Welfare Institute 1 $200
Helen Keller International 1 $200
Americans for Peace and Tolerance 1 $200
Occidental Community Choir 1 $200
Peninsula Youth Theatre 1 $200
Homework Central 1 $200
Union College 1 $200
Save the Waves Coalition 1 $200
Bizworld Foundation 1 $200
Chabad of Palm Springs 1 $200
Congregation Bet Haverim Jewish Fellowship of Davis 1 $200
First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta 1 $200
Rossmoor Fund 2 $200
San Francisco Suicide Prevention 1 $200
New York Public Library 2 $200
Desert Botanical Garden 1 $200
McDowell Sonoran Land Conservancy 1 $200
Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness 1 $200
Lauren McCluskey Foundation 1 $200
Art Institute of Chicago 1 $200
Barrington Stage Company 1 $200
Southern California Public Radio 1 $200
Las Trampas School 1 $200
Walnut Hills High School Association 2 $200
Lakes Environment Association 1 $200
Marfan Foundation 1 $200
Smile Train 1 $200
Wayfinder Family Services FKA Junior Blind of America 1 $200
Mozilla Foundation 1 $200
Northern California Community Loan Fund 1 $200
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1 $200
Tali Fund 2 $200
Urban Alliance 1 $200
Art Works Downtown 1 $200
University of Sydney USA Foundation 1 $200
Boy Scouts of America - Marin Council 1 $200
Abused Women's Aid In Crisis 1 $200
Urban Roots 1 $200
KCET 1 $200
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players 1 $200
The Z Space Studio 1 $200
Scripps College 2 $200
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA 1 $200
Westside Jewish Community Center 1 $200
Acalanes Booster Club 1 $200
Slow Food USA 1 $200
Theater Barn 1 $200
Ability Now Bay Area 1 $200
Carolina for Kibera, 2 $200
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent 1 $200
North East Exchange Team - San Francisco 1 $200
American Alpine Club 2 $200
Friends of Stevens Creek Trail 1 $200
Boundless Brilliance 1 $200
Friends of the Mountain View Library 1 $200
Friends of Straus Park 1 $200
Riverside Park Conservancy 1 $200
L-Fund 1 $225
Black Girls Run Foundation 1 $225
Airlink 1 $250
Menorah Heritage Foundation 1 $250
Alta Vista School 1 $250
Camperships for Nebagamon 1 $250
Napa Valley College Foundation 1 $250
Tyler Clementi Foundation 1 $250
National Women's History Museum 1 $250
Physicians for Social Responsibility, Washington, D.C. 1 $250
Buffalo Bill Center of the West 1 $250
Tikkun 1 $250
Wake Forest University 1 $250