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 name Total Grantssort descending Total Amount
Amnesty International, SF 1 $1,000
Arnold P. Gold Foundation 1 $1,500
BASIC Fund 1 $50,000
Berkeley Food & Housing Project 1 $1,000
Beth Am Israel 1 $5,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters 1 $100
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, Inc. 1 $540
Bread for the World Institute Inc. 1 $150
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund Inc. 1 $1,000
Calvert Impact Capital, Inc. 1 $2,250
Cancer Carepoint, Inc. 1 $100
Carolina for Kibera, Inc 1 $10,000
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation 1 $500
Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene 1 $40,000
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School 1 $180
Cinnabar Arts Corporation 1 $3,000
Claremont Canyon Conservancy 1 $150
College of Adaptive Arts 1 $20,000
Community Alliance for Special Education 1 $200
Community United Against Violence Inc. 1 $180
Congregation Bet Haverim 1 $200
Congregation B'nai B'rith Corporation 1 $5,000
Congregation Orach Chaim 1 $500
Coxhealth Foundation 1 $1,000
Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. 1 $100
Dragon Productions Theatre Company 1 $250
Empower Work 1 $500
Environmental Traveling Companions 1 $500
Evelyn Reubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston 1 $100
Faith Matters Inc. DBA Interfaith Voices 1 $180
Fawn Rescue 1 $100
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc. 1 $250
Fort Mason Center 1 $100
Francis W. Parker School 1 $100
Friends Central School Corporation 1 $5,000
Friends of Scrap, Inc. 1 $100
Golden Bridges School 1 $5,000
Grant Foundation AKA Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti 1 $100
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 1 $100
Hawaii Community Foundation 1 $10,000
Hope to Haiti Inc. 1 $2,500
Immaterial Incorporated 1 $75,000
Institute for Figuring 1 $15,000
Interfaith Youth Core 1 $1,000
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War 1 $750
Israel Children's Cancer Foundation Inc. 1 $300
Jampolsky Outreach Foundation AKA Attitudinal Healing International 1 $180
Jewish Council for Public Affairs 1 $100
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia 1 $100
King & Low-Heywood Thomas Schools Inc. 1 $100
KUTE Inc. 1 $250
Land Dancers 1 $500
League of Women Voters Education Fund 1 $100
Leo Baeck Temple 1 $1,937
Litquake Foundation 1 $1,000
Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging 1 $1,000
MacDowell Colony 1 $1,000
Marin Montessori School, Inc. 1 $10,000
Maryland Food Bank, Inc. 1 $1,500
Menlo Atherton High School Foundation for the Future 1 $3,000
Metropolitan Opera Guild 1 $150
Ms. Foundation for Women Inc. 1 $100
Napa Seafood Foundation 1 $1,000
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy 1 $25,000
National Park Trust, Inc. 1 $100
Nationalities Service Center of Philadelphia 1 $10,000
New Life Church of Alamo 1 $25,000
NGO Coalition for Environment 1 $30,000
North Shore Animal League America, Inc. 1 $100
Odyssey School 1 $500
Onondaga County Public Library 1 $1,000
Pacific Center for Human Growth 1 $250
Palm Springs Friends of the Philharmonic 1 $1,500
Paralyzed Veterans of America 1 $100
Paul Taylor Dance Foundation AKA Paul Taylor American Modern Dance 1 $500
Performing Stars of Marin 1 $3,500
Point Lobos Foundation 1 $250
Pound Puppy Rescue 1 $300
Producers Club of Maryland Inc. 1 $250
Protect Our Defenders Foundation 1 $25,000
Putah Creek Council, Inc. 1 $1,000
Reach Out and Read, Inc. 1 $500
ReSurge International 1 $1,000
Rochester Institute of Technology 1 $125
Salem Presbytery dba Epiphany Presbyterian Church 1 $18,000
Sandler Foundation 1 $358,000
Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Inc. 1 $3,000
Shalom School 1 $1,000
Sierra County Arts Council 1 $2,000
Sister Carmen Community Center Inc. 1 $540
Somesville Library Society 1 $250
Southern California Public Radio 1 $200
St. Helena Community Band 1 $100
Stanford Jazz Workshop 1 $2,500
Streetcode Academy 1 $1,000
Third Way Institute 1 $100,000
Tower Foundation of San Jose State University 1 $15,000
Turtle Island Restoration Network 1 $250,000
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 1 $15,000
Unity San Francisco 1 $1,000