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 descending Total Grants Total Amount
Emory University 3 $680
Empower Playgrounds 1 $250
En Garde Arts 1 $500
Encounter Programs 3 $4,500
End Well Foundation 1 $500
Energy for Growth Hub 1 $125,000
Engaging Schools 1 $2,500
Enneagram Prison Project 2 $700
Enriching Lives through Music 2 $4,100
Environment California Research and Policy Center 1 $300
Environment People Law 1 $20,000
Environmental and Energy Study Institute 1 $4,000
Environmental Defense Fund 20 $46,430
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide 2 $850
Environmental Traveling Companions 2 $700
Environmental Volunteers 5 $8,950
Environmental Working Group 2 $250
Envision Education 2 $1,000
Epilepsy Foundation of America 1 $100
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco 1 $300
Episcopal Relief & Development 1 $10,000
Equal Justice Initiative 10 $23,500
Equal Justice Society 1 $500
Equal Rights Advocates 1 $2,500
Equality California Institute 1 $500
Equamore Foundation 1 $1,000
Esperanca 1 $500
Esperanza Health Centers 1 $180
Etz Chaim Synagogue 1 $118
Everyday Zen 1 $360
Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund 7 $4,800
Exhale to Inhale, 1 $1,800
Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research 1 $180
Exploratorium 3 $16,000
ExtraFood Org 4 $10,800
Ezer Mizion 1 $360
Facing History and Ourselves 21 $39,108
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition 1 $100
Facts and Logic About the Middle East 1 $540
Fair Elections Center 1 $25,000
Fair Trade USA 1 $20,000
Fair Work Center 1 $300
Faith in Action Bay Area 4 $1,000
Faith in Action Network 3 $1,020,000
Faith In Practice 2 $2,500
Familial Dysautonomia Now Foundation 1 $180
Family and Children's Law Center 1 $15,000
Family Caregiver Alliance 1 $200
Family Foundation Charitable Trust 1 $100
Family House 13 $87,850
Family Link 1 $300
Family Promise of San Joaquin County 2 $650
Family Support Services 1 $4,000
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund 1 $1,000
Farm Sanctuary 1 $100
Fast Forward 1 $1,000
Fawn Rescue 1 $100
Federalist Society 2 $50,000
Federation CJA 1 $25,000
Feed the Children 1 $100
Feeding America 1 $100
Felidae Conservation Fund 1 $20,000
Felix Gillet Institute 1 $4,500
Felton Institute 2 $5,100
Feminist Majority Foundation 2 $25,284
Festival Napa Valley 1 $10,000
Filmmakers Collaborative SF 1 $35,000
Filoli Center 2 $1,750
Final Exit Network 1 $1,000
FINCA International 4 $960
Find Your Light Foundation 1 $1,500
Fins Attached : Marine Research and Conservation 2 $155,000
First Descents 1 $200
First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta 1 $200
First Graduate 3 $2,400
First Place for Youth 3 $60,500
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto 2 $3,500
First Tee of San Diego 1 $5,000
Fistula Foundation 3 $650
FJC - A Foundation of Donor Advised Funds 6 $31,540
Flashes of Hope 1 $2,500
Flat Broke Farm Animal Rescue 1 $1,000
Florida Health Justice Project 1 $300
Florida Holocaust Museum 1 $100
Flux Foundation 1 $1,000
Flyaway Productions 1 $2,000
Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversite Marine 1 $25,000
Food & Water Watch 1 $5,000
Food Bank Contra Costa and Solano 2 $650
Food Bank for Monterey County 1 $350
Food for Thought 1 $2,500
Food Runners 5 $3,500
foolsFURY Theater 1 $250
Foothill Parent-Faculty Association 1 $375
Foothill-DeAnza Community Colleges Foundation 2 $6,000
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology 1 $500
For-Site Foundation 1 $3,000
Forest Park Conservancy 1 $5,000
Forests Forever Foundation 1 $100
Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County 1 $500