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
Zonta International Foundation 1 $720
Zohar Dance Company 2 $1,100
Zionist Organization of America 4 $2,250
Zioness Movement 2 $6,400
Zeta Beta Tau Foundation 1 $2,000
Zen Hospice Project 3 $4,200
Zamir Choral Foundation 1 $1,800
Zaccho SF 1 $3,000
YWCA Silicon Valley 1 $5,000
YWCA San Francisco & Marin 1 $3,000
Youth Tennis Advantage 2 $2,600
Youth Spirit Artworks 1 $250
Youth Speaks 2 $13,000
Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project 1 $1,000
Youth Radio 3 $1,050
Youth Law Center 1 $7,500
Youth in Arts 1 $350
Youth Community Service 1 $200
Young Women's Choral Projects 2 $20,000
Young Audiences of Northern California 1 $1,500
You Can Vote 1 $50,000
Yosemite Conservancy 5 $6,080
Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $250
YMCA of the East Bay 1 $1,000
YMCA of San Francisco 4 $49,540
Yiddish Farm Education Center 1 $18,000
Yesod Foundation 1 $12,000
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School Ltd. 2 $1,500
Yeshiva-Torah Vodaath-Mesivta 1 $1,800
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys High School 3 $8,200
Yeshiva University 1 $10,000
Yeshiva Day School of Silicon Valley 1 $18,000
YES, Ross Valley Schools Foundation 2 $3,500
YES Nature to Neighborhoods 3 $3,485
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival 1 $500
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 1 $1,000
Yellow Ribbon Fund 1 $180
Year Up Bay Area 2 $75,000
Yavneh Day School 1 $1,000
Yale University 21 $111,994
Xavier University of Louisiana 1 $500
Writers in the Schools 1 $500
WriterCoach Connection 1 $250
Wounded Warrior Project 7 $3,000
World Wildlife Fund 12 $37,400
World Vision 1 $100
World Union for Progressive Judaism 11 $44,680
World Resources Institute 2 $45,000
World Jewish Congress American Section 13 $13,790
World Food Program 1 $118
World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations 1 $250
World Arts West 2 $2,150
World Animal Protection 1 $100
World Affairs Council of Northern CA 1 $4,250
Working Assumptions Foundation 4 $2,100,000
Woodstock Museum 1 $12,500
Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Foundation 1 $2,000
Woodside School Foundation 1 $1,000
Wood River Women's Foundation 1 $1,100
Wood River Jewish Community 1 $1,900
Wood River Community YMCA 1 $800
WomenShelter of Long Beach 1 $5,000
Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project - WRRAP 2 $2,340
Women's International Network for Guatemalan Solutions 1 $250
Women's Global Education Project 1 $1,000
Women's Foundation of California 1 $5,000
Women's Daytime Drop-In Center 1 $500
Women's Cancer Resource Center 1 $180
Women's Audio Mission 1 $2,500
Women's Action for New Directions Education Fund 2 $2,834
Women With a Vision 1 $400
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent 1 $200
Women Make Movies 2 $1,500
Women for Women International 3 $700
Witness for Peace 1 $500
Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra 1 $5,000
Winters Joint Unified School District 1 $1,000
Winters Healthcare Foundation 1 $1,000
Winters Friends of the Library 1 $100
Wine to Water 1 $250
Win Without War Education Fund 1 $284
Wilshire Boulevard Temple 3 $17,000
Willow Creek Foundation 1 $300
Williams Memorial Institute 1 $250
Williams College 2 $6,000
William J. Brennan Jr. Center for Justice 5 $26,050
Wilkes Bashford Helping Hands Emergency Fund 1 $250
Wildlife Guardians 1 $20,000
Wildlife Conservation Society 1 $100
Wilderness Torah 9 $45,680
Wilderness Society 6 $150,600
Wildcoast 1 $300,000
Wildcare 6 $19,750
Wildaid 2 $200,108
Wild Salmon Center 1 $350
Wikimedia Foundation 11 $6,498
Wider Bridge 2 $10,500
Whitefield Foundation and Center 1 $118
Whistlestop 1 $2,000
Westside Jewish Community Center 1 $200