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 namesort ascending Total Grants Total Amount
San Ramon Valley Unified School District 1 $250
San Mateo Public Library Foundation 3 $750
San Mateo County Parks and Recreation Foundation 5 $1,500
San Mateo County Health Foundation 3 $400
San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation 6 $1,400
San Leandro Hebrew Congregation- Temple Beth Sholom 1 $350
San Jose Wind Symphony 1 $500
San Jose Public Library Foundation 1 $100
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles 1 $250
San Jose Museum of Art Association 1 $10,000
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank 41 $72,808
San Francisco Zoological Society 8 $70,450
San Francisco Zen Center 1 $5,000
San Francisco Youth Theatre 1 $3,000
San Francisco Women Artists 1 $400
San Francisco University High School 5 $6,300
San Francisco Unified School District - KALW 8 $3,000
San Francisco Symphony 45 $361,425
San Francisco Suicide Prevention 1 $200
San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 11 $13,750
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival 1 $2,500
San Francisco School 2 $2,000
San Francisco SafeHouse 1 $500
San Francisco Rescue Mission 1 $100
San Francisco Public Health Foundation 1 $38,500
San Francisco Playhouse 4 $14,900
San Francisco Performances 3 $2,700
San Francisco Parks Alliance 16 $91,900
San Francisco Opera Guild 1 $20,000
San Francisco Opera Association 19 $222,950
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 40 $974,792
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society 1 $2,500
San Francisco Mime Troupe 2 $5,250
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association 1 $1,000
San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center 2 $1,600
San Francisco Jewish Comm Publications 58 $117,888
San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival 1 $500
San Francisco Host Committee 1 $2,500
San Francisco Hillel 20 $20,178
San Francisco Girls Chorus 3 $2,180
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation 20 $204,710
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 1 $180
San Francisco Friends School 4 $241,000
San Francisco Free Clinic 16 $152,794
San Francisco Foundation 3 $7,959,190
San Francisco First Tee 2 $2,300
San Francisco Education Fund 4 $1,041,480
San Francisco Early Music Society 2 $1,100
San Francisco Day School 2 $1,500
San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program 3 $6,500
San Francisco Contemporary Music Players 1 $200
San Francisco Conservatory of Music 10 $127,250
San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium 2 $25,000
San Francisco Choral Society 1 $1,500
San Francisco Chapter of the Older Women's League 1 $180
San Francisco Center for the Book 1 $180
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis 1 $1,000
San Francisco Camerawork 1 $180
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum 15 $103,900
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Education Fund 1 $1,000
San Francisco Beautiful 2 $1,200
San Francisco Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1 $1,000
San Francisco Ballet Association 17 $165,400
San Francisco Arts Education Project 2 $7,500
San Francisco Art Institute 1 $100,000
San Francisco Art and Film Program 1 $2,500
San Francisco Architectural Heritage 5 $2,900
San Francisco AIDS Foundation 10 $11,260
San Francisco 49ers Academy 1 $400
San Domenico School 1 $5,000
San Diego Junior Golf Association 1 $5,000
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA dba Project Wildlife 1 $5,000
San Antonio Community Development Corporation 6 $7,000
Samaritan House 15 $13,600
Salvation Computer 1 $1,000
Salvation Army - Golden State Division 7 $4,150
Salem Presbytery dba Epiphany Presbyterian Church 1 $18,000
Saint Vincent's Day Home 1 $500
Saint Francis Foundation 1 $2,500
Safe & Sound 7 $59,000
Sacred Heart Community Service 2 $2,000
Sacramento Loaves and Fishes 1 $2,500
RYSE 1 $5,000
Rural California Broadcasting Corp. KRCB-TV Channel 22 2 $1,000
Rubicon Programs 2 $500
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 1 $100
Rotary District 5170 Foundation 1 $1,500
Rotaplast International 1 $250
Rotacare Bay Area 2 $5,300
Rossmoor Fund 2 $200
Ross School Foundation 5 $23,400
Ross Police Officers Association 2 $1,100
Rosenberg Fund for Children 3 $1,250
Roseland Charter School 1 $1,000
Rose Foundation 2 $3,840
Roots of Peace 1 $180
Root Division 2 $7,000
Room to Read 3 $8,750
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California 1 $5,000
Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area 14 $143,800