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 through our Annual Campaign and through our restricted and unrestricted endowment. The Federation also stewards and administers donor-advised grants through personal philanthropic vehicles under our management, including over 900 Donor Advised Funds and 24 Supporting Foundations, which support Jewish and broader causes to local, national, and international organizations.

Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning

Helping Jews explore, learn about, and connect with the rich diversity of Jewish life locally.

For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Federation will provide a projected $10,900,000 in direct grants in the area of Inspiring Jewish Life and Learning.

Our grantee partners include:

Honeymoon Israel, Inc.
j. - the Jewish news weekly of Northern California
JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
Jewish Baby Network
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family and Children's Services
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Jewish LearningWorks
Jewish Public Affairs Committee
Jewish Vocational Service
Kehillah Jewish High School
Keshet, Inc.
Meira Academy
Mercy High School
National Conference of Synagogue Youth
North Peninsula Jewish Campus
Northern California Board of Rabbis
Or Shalom Jewish Community
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Peninsula Sinai Congregation
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula Temple Sholom
Reboot, Inc. 
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School
Rosh Pina
Russian River Jewish Community
San Francisco Hillel
Santa Cruz Hillel Foundation
Scholarship America, Inc.
Slingshot Fund
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School
Stanford University - Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Temple Beth Israel
Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County
The Birthright Israel Foundation
The Brandeis School of San Francisco
The Jewish Federations of North America
The Kitchen
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley
University of California-Berkeley - Center for Jewish

UpStart Bay Area
Urban Adamah
URJ Camp Newman-Swig
Wilderness Torah
Yom Rishon School

Sources of funding include:

Annual Operating Funds
Community Scholarship Grants
Impact Grants Initiatives
Restricted Endowment Funds

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 2018 Grantmaking Report

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2018 the Federation facilitated 9,329 grants from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, totaling $142,151,270. 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.


1,161 grants totaling $7,123,497


1,622 grants totaling $40,374,373


712 grants totaling $13,817,741


848 grants totaling $4,454,946

Human Services

1,335 grants totaling $15,423,474

Public/Society Benefit

2,457 grants totaling $50,121,058


1,194 grants totaling $10,836,182
Grantee name Total Grants Total Amountsort ascending
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF Foundation/Regents) 117 $13,508,400
Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (San Francisco Bay Area) 341 $6,051,440
Congregation Kol Emeth 74 $5,842,900
Stanford University 57 $5,003,840
Leadership Conference Education Fund, Inc. 4 $4,700,000
Learning Policy Institute 3 $4,000,000
Center for American Progress 2 $4,000,000
Human Rights Watch Inc. 12 $3,770,430
Jewish Home And Senior Living Foundation 52 $3,323,800
Pro Publica, Inc. 8 $3,051,150
Center for Responsible Lending 2 $3,000,000
Washington Center for Equitable Growth 3 $3,000,000
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 2 $2,700,000
Democracy Forward Foundation 2 $2,500,000
Oceana, Inc. 2 $2,250,000
Trust For Public Land 16 $2,093,600
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU - All Affiliates) 64 $2,084,490
Earthjustice 15 $2,033,000
Campaign Legal Center 2 $1,750,000
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center 70 $1,612,120
American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Inc. (AABGU) 14 $1,086,500
Gender Spectrum Charitable Fund 3 $1,070,000
Jewish Federation of Cleveland 6 $1,020,000
Naval War College Foundation, Inc. 3 $1,007,500
Sierra Club Foundation 12 $1,007,130
Vote Solar 2 $1,000,000
Pacific Institute for Community Organizations AKA PICO National Networks 1 $1,000,000
German Marshall Fund of the United States 2 $1,000,000
Urban Adamah 20 $929,986
International Community Foundation 1 $900,000
New Israel Fund 75 $849,090
Center for Biological Diversity Inc. 4 $805,850
Indivisible Civics 3 $751,000
Holy Names High School 2 $750,000
Contemporary Jewish Museum 71 $701,699
Congregation Emanu-El 96 $676,292
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) 102 $664,208
Tipping Point Community 19 $610,850
American Israel Education Foundation, Inc. 13 $600,800
Open Medicine Foundation 2 $600,000
Truman Center For National Policy 2 $600,000
Avaloch Farm Music Retreat, Inc. 1 $600,000
Hillel Foundation (Multiple Campuses) 108 $572,372
Lehrhaus Judaica 6 $543,033
Duke University 6 $532,280
Kehillah Jewish High School 16 $531,650
American Friends of the Tel Aviv University Inc. 11 $523,893
University of California, Berkeley (Foundation/Regents) 38 $502,553
MDRC 1 $500,000
New Venture Fund 1 $500,000
Better Angels Society 1 $500,000
Civil Rights Corps 1 $500,000
Resources Legacy Fund 1 $500,000
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 1 $500,000
Urban Institute 1 $500,000
Congregation Beth Am 79 $483,730
California Pacific Medical Center Foundation (CPMC) 22 $456,350
National Center For Lesbian Rights 7 $426,600
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Inc. (JDC) 40 $423,880
San Francisco Symphony 44 $406,425
Jewish Federation Of Silicon Valley 5 $404,711
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) 45 $400,640
Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Inc. AKA IEEFA 1 $400,000
Breakthrough Institute 2 $400,000
Yale University 25 $377,678
Sandler Foundation 1 $358,000
Alliance for Israel's Future Inc. 1 $350,000
University Of Southern California 36 $332,550
Chabad (Multiple Locations) 61 $319,299
Wildcoast 1 $300,000
University of Utah 2 $300,000
Jewish Community Foundation Of The Jewish Federation Council Of Greater Los Angeles 4 $280,669
Brown University 13 $273,750
Jewish Family and Children's Services 109 $271,254
Berkeley Repertory Theatre 12 $260,500
San Francisco Education Fund 3 $252,700
National Public Education Support Fund 1 $250,000
American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute Inc. 1 $250,000
American Oversight 1 $250,000
Turtle Island Restoration Network 1 $250,000
J Street Education Fund, Inc. 17 $247,200
American Jewish World Service, Inc. (AJWS) 44 $241,228
San Francisco Opera Association 23 $235,518
Protect Democracy Project 4 $230,400
Lamplighters Yeshivah 2 $230,000
Chronicle Season Of Sharing Fund 23 $229,008
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation 23 $227,408
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 34 $225,891
San Francisco Art Institute 5 $220,100
Congregation Rodef Sholom of Marin 24 $216,554
P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. 23 $215,761
Wildaid Inc. 4 $215,100
Stanford Health Care 9 $209,850
Shalom Hartman Institute of North America 9 $205,540
Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs 5 $205,000
Skirball Cultural Center 3 $205,000
Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School 3 $203,350
Prager University Foundation 3 $201,000
Island Conservation 1 $200,000
Jewish Funders Network 7 $194,556