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 Grants Total Amountsort descending
Point Reyes National Seashore Association 1 $250
Rethink the Conversation Ltd. 1 $250
Salesian Boys and Girls Club Inc. 1 $250
School for Ethics and Global Leadership 1 $250
The Compassionate Friends (After a Child Dies) 1 $250
Yamba Malawi 1 $250
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $250
Cheetah Conservation Fund 1 $250
Community Board Program DBA Community Boards 1 $250
Jews United for Justice 1 $250
Napa Valley Museum 1 $250
St. Helena Farmers Market 1 $250
The Compassionate Friends (After a Child Dies) 1 $250
U.S. Committee Sports for Israel DBA Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel 1 $250
Variety - The Children's Charity 1 $250
Convergence Network Inc. 1 $250
Family Equality Council 1 $250
In Defense of Animals 1 $250
Otter Project 1 $250
Sharsheret, Inc. 1 $250
Vascular Cures 1 $250
Berkeley Partners for Parks 1 $250
Direct Relief International 1 $250
Menorah Legacy Foundation 1 $250
Rhoda Goetz Foundation Inc. 1 $250
Rotaplast International, Inc. 1 $250
St. John's School 1 $250
Bay Area Children's Theatre 1 $250
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights 1 $250
Drug Policy Alliance 1 $250
Friends of the Rockridge Library 1 $250
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado 1 $250
Livable City 1 $250
Temple Bat Yahm 1 $250
Acumen Fund, Inc. 1 $250
Bay Area Discovery Museum 1 $250
Black Girls Code, Inc. 1 $250
Buffalo Bill Memorial Association AKA Buffalo Bill Center of the West 1 $250
Freedom of Religion for Israel Inc. AKA Hiddush - Freedom of Religion for I 1 $250
Jericho Road Ministries Jericho Road Community Health Center) 1 $250
Jewish Family Service of Houston 1 $250
Mission Squash of Houston 1 $250
Mothers Out Front, Inc. 1 $250
Pets Lifeline Inc. 1 $250
Veterans Education Project Incorporated 1 $250
World Affairs Council of Northern CA 1 $250
Harry S. Truman Library Institute for National and International Affairs 1 $250
Marin Community Music School 1 $250
SF Elite Soccer Club 1 $250
Shir Hadash, Inc. 1 $250
Travel Cure, Inc. 1 $250
Alliance for Girls 1 $250
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens 1 $250
CoachArt 1 $250
Common Cause Education Fund 2 $250
Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (Chai), Inc. 1 $250
Friends of John Jay Homestead 1 $250
Friends of Woodstock School Inc. 1 $250
Hudson Bend Middle School Parent Teacher Organization 1 $250
National Interreligious Service Board for Conscientious Objectors (Center on Conscience & War) 1 $250
Silver Spring Village Inc. 1 $250
Tahirih Justice Center 1 $250
Betty Ford Center 1 $250
Friends of the Darby Community Public Library Inc. 1 $250
Legal Momentum 1 $250
Not For Sale Fund AKA Not For Sale 1 $250
Oregon State University Foundation 1 $250
Russian Riverkeeper 1 $250
Blue Water Baltimore 1 $250
IsraAID - Global Humanitarian Assistance, Inc. 1 $250
Lake Travis High School Parent Teacher Organization 1 $250
Trevor Project, Inc. 1 $250
Airlink Inc. 1 $250
Conservation Law Foundation Inc. 1 $250
Curriki 1 $250
George Washington High School Alumni Association (GWHS Alumni Association) 1 $250
Joy of Motion Dance Center Inc. 1 $250
Living-Dying Project 1 $250
Stand.Earth AKA ForestEthics 1 $250
Trident Swim Foundation, Inc. 1 $250
Upper East Side Hatzolah, Inc. 1 $250
Women's International Network for Guatemalan Solutions Inc. 1 $250
Archaelogical Legacy Institute 1 $250
Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action 1 $250
Jewish Vocational Service Inc. (JVS - Boston) 1 $250
PEN American Center Inc. AKA PEN America 1 $250
University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. 1 $250
Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara 1 $250
Detroit Baby Drive 1 $250
Downtown Streets Inc. 2 $250
Faith in Action Bay Area 1 $250
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale 1 $250
Institute for American Values 1 $250
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity 1 $250
International Media Project AKA Making Contact or National Radio Project 1 $250
Lenox Hill Bikur Cholim, Inc. 1 $250
Positive Resource Center 1 $250
Rosenberg Fund for Children 1 $250
Waterkeeper Alliance 1 $250
Upwardly Global 1 $275