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
Crystal Springs Uplands School 5 $10,930
Culture for One 1 $2,000
CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia 1 $500
Curry Senior Center 2 $1,500
Cypress Mandela Training Center 1 $1,000
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 3 $1,100
Cystinosis Research Foundation 1 $25,000
Daily Acts Organization 2 $1,450
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 2 $1,100
Dance Palace 2 $1,300
Dance Training Center-San Francisco 1 $500
Dancer's Group 1 $2,500
Dancing While Cancering 1 $1,200
Daniel Pearl Foundation 1 $500
Daraja Education Fund 2 $10,000
Darby Bread Box 1 $750
Darby Schools Excellence Fund 1 $750
Dartmouth College 2 $1,389
David Brower Center 1 $1,000
Dawn Redwoods Charitable Trust 1 $1,000
DC Central Kitchen 1 $1,000
De Marillac Academy 1 $10,000
DEA Educational Foundation 1 $6,000
Deer Hill Foundation 1 $5,018
Defenders of Wildlife 1 $4,000
Del Sol Performing Arts Organization 1 $2,500
Delancey Street Foundation 3 $11,100
Delivering Good 6 $16,150
Democracy Forward Foundation 2 $2,500,000
Democracy Now Productions 2 $75,300
Dempsey Center 1 $250
Desert AIDS Project 1 $500
Desert Botanical Garden 1 $200
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS 1 $1,000
Design Tech High School 1 $1,500
Destination Home 1 $1,800
Destiny Arts Center 3 $3,500
Detroit Jewish News Foundation 1 $180
Dezart Performs 1 $500
di Rosa Preserve 2 $750
Diabetic Youth Families 1 $25,000
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International 1 $1,000
Discovery Land Company Foundation 1 $250
Djerassi Resident Artists Program 1 $100
Doc Society 1 $5,000
Doctors Outreach Clinics 1 $3,000
Doctors Without Borders USA 39 $39,990
Doggie Protective Services for Homeless Tails 1 $100
Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology 1 $200
Dominican University of California 3 $7,600
DonorsChoose 1 $3,000
Dorot 1 $360
Downieville Tennis and Education Association 1 $1,500
Downtown Streets 1 $120
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation 1 $500
DrawBridge 1 $3,000
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust 1 $42,500
Drisha Institute for Jewish Education 1 $500
Drug Policy Alliance 1 $250
Duke University 9 $463,680
Durham - Chapel Hill Jewish Federation 1 $180
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation 1 $1,000
Eagle Hill Foundation of Massachusetts 1 $25,000
Earth Island Institute 3 $1,330
Earthdance Creative Living Project, 1 $1,000
Earthjustice 19 $4,087,820
East Bay Agency for Children 2 $1,250
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts 1 $3,000
East Bay Children's Book Project 1 $2,500
East Bay Community Foundation 1 $10,000
East Bay Community Law Center 1 $1,000
East Bay Innovations 1 $10,000
East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $3,000
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation 2 $1,150
East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring 3 $3,400
Easter Seals 1 $100
Eastern Horizons 1 $10,000
Eastside College Preparatory School 1 $1,000
EB Research Partnership 1 $50,000
Ecological Building Network 1 $500
Economic Policy Institute 1 $500
EcoPeace Middle East Environmental NGO Forum 3 $15,000
Ecumenical Hunger Program 10 $2,700
Eden Reforestation Projects 1 $500
Eden Village Camp 3 $10,860
Edgewood Center for Children and Families 2 $1,200
Edible Schoolyard Project 1 $5,000
Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC 1 $1,000
Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools 1 $1,000
Education Outside 1 $5,000
Educational Foundation of Orinda 1 $250
EIS Council 1 $80,000
Eisenhower Medical Center 1 $50,000
El Centro De Libertad 1 $3,000
Eldergivers 2 $3,100
Electronic Frontier Foundation 3 $6,200
ELEM / Youth in Distress in Israel 2 $650
Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel 1 $1,800
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 2 $1,180
Emergency Family Assistance Association 1 $540