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
Burning Man Project 2 $1,180
Buseesa Community Development Centre 1 $540
Butte Humane Society 1 $3,000
Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation 1 $1,200
Cal Performances (UC Berkeley) 6 $16,250
California Academy of Sciences 12 $111,149
California College of the Arts 8 $130,500
California Community Foundation 6 $14,850
California Film Institute 3 $7,000
California Fire Foundation 1 $150
California Genealogical Society 1 $1,000
California Heritage Council 1 $300
California Historical Society 3 $26,150
California Invasive Plant Council 1 $180
California Jazz Conservatory, Inc. F.K.A Jazzschool, Inc. 4 $67,500
California Lawyers for the Arts 1 $100
California Masonic Foundation 1 $500
California Music Center 1 $500
California Native Plant Society 1 $1,000
California Odd Fellows Foundation 1 $5,000
California Pacific Medical Center Foundation (CPMC) 22 $456,350
California Parenting Institute (Child Parent Institute) 1 $5,000
California Physicians Alliance 1 $2,000
California Poets in the Schools 1 $2,500
California Police Activities League 2 $600
California Prison Focus 2 $1,180
California Public Interest Research Education Fund Inc. 2 $300
California Retina Research Foundation 1 $500
California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. 1 $500
California State Parks Foundation 6 $3,750
California State University, San Bernardino 1 $10,000
California State Wildlife Foundation DBA California Oak Foundation 2 $2,400
California Trout 3 $6,000
California Western School of Law dba California Innocence Project 1 $180
Call to Action of Northern California 1 $180
CALMatters 2 $11,000
Calvert Impact Capital, Inc. 1 $2,250
Cambridge in America 1 $10,000
Camfed USA Foundation 1 $1,000
Caminar 2 $5,000
Camp Hazen YMCA 2 $5,000
Camp Hess Kramer Inc. AKA Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps 1 $500
Camp Kesem National 4 $1,550
Camp Possibilities Foundation 1 $1,000
Camp Ramah (multiple locations) 3 $30,960
Camp Ramah (multiple locations) 7 $38,850
Camp Solomon Schechter Inc. 1 $1,000
Campaign Legal Center 2 $1,750,000
Camphill Communities California DBA Camphill California 1 $1,000
Camphill Foundation 2 $6,500
Can Do Canines 1 $125
Canary Fund AKA Canary Foundation 2 $1,400
Cancer Carepoint, Inc. 1 $100
Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation 2 $15,000
Cancer Research Institute 1 $300
Cancer Support Community Greater Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky 1 $500
Canopy 5 $5,800
Canopy Canopy Canopy, Inc. 1 $40,000
Cantabile Youth Singers 1 $7,500
Cantare Con Vivo 1 $2,500
Cantata Collective Inc. 1 $1,000
Cap & Gown Project 1 $200
Capital Stage Company 1 $25,000
Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid-Peninsula 1 $500
CARE, Inc. AKA Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. 4 $8,600
Caring Choices Inc 2 $9,500
Caring for Children, Inc. 1 $1,500
Carmel Art Association 1 $150
Carolina for Kibera, Inc 1 $10,000
CASA - California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association 1 $100
Casa de Angeles Foundation 2 $480
CASA of San Mateo County 5 $5,700
Castilleja School Foundation 3 $12,650
Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District 1 $400
Cate School 1 $2,500
Cathedral School For Boys 1 $100
Catholic Charities AKA Catholic Charities San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo 2 $2,600
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa 1 $600
Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County 1 $5,000
Catholic Social Services 1 $150
Catholics for Choice 1 $830
Catticus Corporation 1 $1,800
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 1 $1,000
Center for American Progress 2 $4,000,000
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 1 $500
Center for Biological Diversity Inc. 4 $805,850
Center for Carbon Removal 1 $50,000
Center for Civilians in Conflict 1 $2,500
Center For Community Change 1 $100
Center for Constitutional Rights 3 $1,783
Center for Creative Change 1 $10,000
Center for Creative Land Recycling 1 $5,000
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) 3 $700
Center for Global Development 2 $55,000
Center for Independent Living, Inc. 1 $5,000
Center for International Policy 2 $2,080
Center for Investigative Reporting, Inc. 1 $2,500
Center for Justice and Accountability 2 $3,000
Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action (CJGEA) 1 $25,000
Center for Media Justice 1 $2,000