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 Grantssort descending Total Amount
San Jose Wind Symphony 1 $500
Sun Valley Summer Symphony 1 $650
VOENA Children's Choir 1 $2,500
Alliant Educational Foundation 1 $3,000
Boundless Brilliance 1 $200
CISPES Education Fund 1 $250
Eagle Hill Foundation of Massachusetts 1 $25,000
Florida Holocaust Museum 1 $100
Friends of the Mountain View Library 1 $200
Girls Leadership Institute 1 $25,000
Library Foundation of Los Angeles 1 $100
NPR Foundation 1 $10,000
Pacific Autism Center For Education 1 $12,000
Pi Lambda Phi Educational Foundation 1 $5,000
Purdue University 1 $400
Resource Area for Teaching 1 $500
Southwestern Law School 1 $500
Temple University 1 $10,000
Tulane University 1 $500
University of Wisconsin Foundation 1 $180
Best Friends Animal Society 1 $250
Carbon180 1 $50,000
Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International 1 $1,000
Eden Reforestation Projects 1 $500
Fund for the Tiger 1 $1,000
Networks Productions 1 $1,000
Ofrenda 1 $5,000
Pesticide Action Network North America 1 $1,750
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 1 $500
Socially Responsible Agricultural Project 1 $15,000
Trees Foundation 1 $4,000
Alisa Ann Ruch California Burn Foundation 1 $500
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation 1 $500
Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid-Peninsula 1 $100
Colorectal Cancer Alliance 1 $250
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS 1 $1,000
Final Exit Network 1 $1,000
Halachic Organ Donor Society 1 $180
In Spirit 1 $2,000
MayView Community Health Center 1 $100
Rady Children's Hospital Foundation 1 $2,500
San Francisco Public Health Foundation 1 $38,500
Yellow Ribbon Fund 1 $180
Aleph Institute 1 $900
American Foreign Policy Council 1 $5,000
CatchLight FKA PhotoPhilanthropy 1 $2,500
City Parks Alliance 1 $350
Daniel Pearl Foundation 1 $500
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco 1 $300
First Tee of San Diego 1 $5,000
Friends of Straus Park 1 $200
Grassroots Collaborative 1 $250,000
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley 1 $2,500
Innocence Project New Orleans 1 $300
Internews Networks 1 $5,000
Jewish Federation of the Berkshires 1 $1,000
Karmaspirit 1 $4,000
Leading Edge Alliance 1 $25,000
New Leaders Council 1 $500
Open Markets Institute 1 $350,000
Philos Project 1 $100,000
Riverside Park Conservancy 1 $200
TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund 1 $250,000
Tides Foundation 1 $1,000,000
VGC Foundation 1 $500
Win Without War Education Fund 1 $284
YWCA Silicon Valley 1 $5,000
Chabad of College Hill 1 $180
Chapel Hill Kehillah 1 $180
Hebrew Congregation of North Tarrytown & Tarrytown Temple Beth Abraham 1 $5,000
Institute for Jewish Ideas & Ideals 1 $500
Jewish Learning Institute of Berkeley 1 $30,000
Link Kollel and Shul 1 $540
New Shul 1 $100
St. Peter and Paul Conference Society of St. Vincent de Paul 1 $750
Temple Isaiah 1 $1,800
Tulsa Congregation B'nai Emunah 1 $720
Airlink 1 $250
Americans for the Israeli Third Way 1 $25,000
Bay Area Community Resources 1 $1,000
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 1 $100
CERF+ 1 $100
Creativity Explored 1 $500
Easter Seals 1 $100
Family Caregiver Alliance 1 $200
Friends of Bolinas Stinson Beach Libraries 1 $100
Good Neighbor Settlement House 1 $500
Hands Across the Valley 1 $1,000
Humanity of Justice Foundation 1 $20,000
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation 1 $1,000
Jewish Home at Rockleigh 1 $180
Lead, Enrich, Achieve, Progress 1 $2,000
Make-A-Wish America 1 $2,500
MIB Agents 1 $200
Nepal Seeds 1 $1,000
Not For Sale 1 $360
Pajama Program 1 $1,000
Population Services International 1 $100
REDF 1 $20,000
Saint Vincent's Day Home 1 $500