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 Grants Total Amountsort descending
Shir Tikvah 1 $385
National Wildlife Federation 4 $400
San Francisco Women Artists 1 $400
Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation 1 $400
Southern Methodist University 1 $400
Israel Special Kids Fund 2 $400
Purdue University 1 $400
San Mateo County Health Foundation 3 $400
Queens College Foundation 2 $400
Women With a Vision 1 $400
San Francisco 49ers Academy 1 $400
Case Western Reserve University 1 $400
United Service Organizations 3 $400
Arcata House Partnership 2 $400
Jewish Braille Institute 3 $400
Sojourn Project 1 $400
Bay Area Organizing Committee 2 $430
Threshold Choir, Executive Director 2 $434
Together We Rise 1 $443
Community Alliance for Special Education 2 $450
Californians Against Waste Foundation 2 $450
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County 1 $450
Vote Smart 2 $450
Marin Shakespeare Company 3 $450
JDRF 3 $450
American Jewish Congress 2 $460
Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (National Network of Abortion Funds) 2 $460
Monte Vista High School Academic Boosters 1 $495
American Foundation for the Blind 1 $500
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 1 $500
Nora Sandigo Children Foundation 1 $500
Rubicon Programs 2 $500
Katahdin Productions 1 $500
Perlman Music Program 1 $500
Writers in the Schools 1 $500
Solving Kids' Cancer 1 $500
Mujeres Unidas Y Activas 1 $500
Esperanca 1 $500
Tanzania Development Support NFP 1 $500
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 1 $500
Cherry Creek School District Parent Teacher Community Council 1 $500
Happy Valley Foundation 1 $500
Menlo College 1 $500
Syracuse University 1 $500
Washington University - School of Medicine 1 $500
Xavier University of Louisiana 1 $500
City of Belvedere 1 $500
Community Boards 2 $500
Pact Global Microfinance Fund 1 $500
The Chatham Synagogue 1 $500
Los Angeles LGBT Center 1 $500
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women 1 $500
Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair Association 1 $500
Dezart Performs 1 $500
Groundspark 1 $500
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society 1 $500
Cheshire Academy 1 $500
Trustees of Tufts College 1 $500
University of California Irvine Foundation 1 $500
Algalita Marine Research Foundation 1 $500
MINA: Mariana Islands Nature Alliance 1 $500
Cancer Research Institute 2 $500
Hospice of the East Bay 4 $500
La Clinica de la Raza 1 $500
Highlander Research and Education Ctr. 1 $500
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco Bay Area 1 $500
Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County 1 $500
National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section 1 $500
Police Athletic League 1 $500
Raphael House of San Francisco 1 $500
Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity 1 $500
Team Pride 1 $500
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center 1 $500
Outward Bound California 1 $500
Peter's Place Nursery School 1 $500
Seven Hills School 1 $500
Conservation Lands Foundation 1 $500
Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California 1 $500
Spina Bifida Association of America 2 $500
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society 1 $500
City of Portland 1 $500
Mediators Foundation 1 $500
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 1 $500
Jewish Family Services 1 $500
Adopt-A-Family of Marin 1 $500
Christian Action Life Line 1 $500
Freedom Service Dogs 1 $500
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center 1 $500
Solar Cookers International 1 $500
Childrens Theater Assoc of San Francisco 1 $500
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States 1 $500
Southwest Harbor Public Library 1 $500
West Contra Costa Public Education Fund 1 $500
Performing Animal Welfare Society 1 $500
American Friends of Hospice of the Upper Galilee 1 $500
Desert AIDS Project 1 $500
Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District 2 $500
Society for Science and the Public 1 $500
Hands Across the Sea 1 $500
St. Luke's Wood River Foundation 1 $500