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 Grantssort descending Total Amount
Women's International Network for Guatemalan Solutions 1 $250
Al Otro Lado 1 $100
American Jewish Committee, NY 1 $1,500
Asian Pacific Fund 1 $2,000
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society 1 $500
CASA of Ventura County 1 $300
City of Portland 1 $500
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 1 $5,000
Friends of Israel Initiative 1 $1,000
Grameen Foundation 1 $150
Impact Philanthropy Group 1 $1,000
JQ International 1 $1,000
Lawyers for Good Government Foundation 1 $100
Living New Deal 1 $100
Mediators Foundation 1 $500
National Abortion Federation 1 $1,000
Right to Play 1 $10,000
Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 1 $500
Ujamaa Community Resource Team 1 $20,000
Vanguard Charitable 1 $3,316
You Can Vote 1 $50,000
Bais Chabad Torah Center 1 $250
Cantors Assembly 1 $250
Chabad of the Tri Valley 1 $1,800
Congregation Rodeph Sholom - New York 1 $1,800
Har El Institute for Study and Worship 1 $2,480
Historic Mother Emanuel Amec Foundation 1 $720
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue 1 $750
Yesod Foundation 1 $12,000
Blue Card 1 $5,000
Central American Resource Center 1 $100
Choose Love 1 $10,000
East Bay Children's Book Project 1 $2,500
Free at Last Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Services 1 $100
Girls To Women 1 $100
Halleck Creek Ranch 1 $3,750
Hospital De La Familia Foundation 1 $100
Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County 1 $500
Love Never Fails 1 $1,000
National Council of Jewish Women, New York Section 1 $500
North County Junior Golf Association 1 $5,000
Pacific Links Foundation 1 $1,000
Police Athletic League 1 $500
Raphael House of San Francisco 1 $500
Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity 1 $500
Team Pride 1 $500
Transcendence Theater Company 1 $3,000
URJ - Goldman Union Camp Institute 1 $4,550
Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent 1 $200
500 Capp Street Foundation 1 $1,000
American Craft Council 1 $1,000
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center 1 $500
Bay Area Musicals 1 $1,000
Boston Latin School Association 1 $2,250
California Poets in the Schools 1 $3,000
Children's Museum of Sonoma County 1 $1,000
Flyaway Productions 1 $2,000
Friends of Thirteen 1 $100
Harvard Crimson 1 $1,275
International Documentary Association 1 $5,000
Los Angeles Jewish Symphony 1 $1,800
National Museum of Women in the Arts 1 $250
Northern California Center for the Arts 1 $3,000
Rhythm Section Drumlines 1 $2,500
San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 1 $180
San Jose Museum of Art Association 1 $10,000
Silent Film Festival 1 $2,500
StoryCorps 1 $2,500
Theatre Lab (School of the Dramatic Arts) 1 $1,000
Vilna Project 1 $100
Alder Graduate School of Education 1 $5,000
Boston University 1 $1,000
Community-Word Project 1 $5,000
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition 1 $100
Gesher Foundation 1 $100
Harvard Business School Association of Northern California 1 $550
Institute for Figuring 1 $10,000
Kentfield Schools Foundation 1 $3,500
Lezion B'rina 1 $1,800
Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund 1 $300
Mountain View Los Altos High School Foundation 1 $1,000
Outward Bound California 1 $500
Peter's Place Nursery School 1 $500
Project Kesher 1 $250
Regeneration Education 1 $25,000
San Francisco Center for the Book 1 $180
Seven Hills School 1 $500
Southern Methodist University 1 $400
University of Virginia Medical School Foundation 1 $1,000
Yavneh Day School 1 $1,000 1 $100
Caminos de Agua 1 $250
Conservation Lands Foundation 1 $500
East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 1 $3,000
Felix Gillet Institute 1 $4,500
Humane Farming Association 1 $250 1 $10,000
Ocean Riders of Marin 1 $1,000
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA dba Project Wildlife 1 $5,000
Tranqulity Farm 1 $3,000