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 Grants Total Amountsort descending
Vilna Project 1 $100
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition 1 $100
Gesher Foundation 1 $100 1 $100
City of Hope National Medical Center 1 $100
Massachusetts General Hospital 1 $100
Al Otro Lado 1 $100
Lawyers for Good Government Foundation 1 $100
Living New Deal 1 $100
Central American Resource Center 1 $100
Free at Last Community Recovery and Rehabilitation Services 1 $100
Girls To Women 1 $100
Hospital De La Familia Foundation 1 $100
Friends of Thirteen 1 $100
Institute for Shipboard Education 1 $100
ProLiteracy Worldwide 1 $100
Conservation Society of California 1 $100
Clinic by the Bay 1 $100
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - San Diego/Hawaii Chapter 1 $100
Muscular Dystrophy Association 1 $100
Chabad on Fulton 1 $100
Covenant House California 1 $100
Djerassi Resident Artists Program 1 $100
Harvard Magazine 1 $100
Florida Holocaust Museum 1 $100
Library Foundation of Los Angeles 1 $100
Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid-Peninsula 1 $100
MayView Community Health Center 1 $100
Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County 1 $100
North Park Hockey Association 1 $100
University of Cincinnati Foundation 1 $100
CaringBridge 1 $100
Community Institute for Psychotherapy 1 $100
Redwood Coast Medical Services 1 $100
Southeastern Council of Foundations 1 $100
Hebrew Free Burial Association 1 $100
New Shul 1 $100
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 1 $100
CERF+ 1 $100
Easter Seals 1 $100
Friends of Bolinas Stinson Beach Libraries 1 $100
Population Services International 1 $100
Acalanes Choral Boosters 1 $100
Carleton College 1 $100
Bird Rescue Center 1 $100
Neuro Challenge Foundation 1 $100
Save a Child's Heart Foundation U.S. 1 $100
St. James Infirmary 1 $100
California Lawyers for the Arts 1 $100
Friends of the High Line 1 $100
Girls of Alameda County 1 $100
Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation 1 $100
Americares 1 $100
Friends of Ethiopian Jews 1 $100
Palo Alto Community Child Care 1 $100
SOS Children's Village - USA 1 $100
Tri-Valley Haven for Women 1 $100
Sand Lake Center for the Arts Circle Theatre Players 1 $100
Kids Included Together 1 $100
Marin County Library Foundation 1 $100
Rice University 1 $100
Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture 1 $100
Wildlife Conservation Society 1 $100
Melissa's House 1 $100
Rett Syndrome Research Trust 1 $100
Center for Common Ground 1 $100
Clark County Winchester Heritage Commission 1 $100
MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving 1 $100
Chabad of Marin and Sonoma 1 $100
Legal Aid Chicago 1 $100
Netherland-America Foundation 1 $100
Senior Adults Legal Assistance 1 $100
Volunteers of America 1 $100
Forests Forever Foundation 1 $100
International Bird Rescue 1 $100
Outdoor Art Club 1 $100 1 $100
Ballotpedia 1 $100
Foundation for a College Education 1 $100
Orion Magazine 1 $100
Cityteam Ministries 1 $100
Congregation Beth Shalom - Illinois 1 $100
AMVETS National Service Foundation 1 $100
Paralyzed Veterans of America 1 $100
Winters Friends of the Library 1 $100
American Kidney Fund 1 $100
Breathe California of the Bay Area 1 $100
Israel Cancer Research Fund 1 $100
Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation 1 $100
American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter 1 $100
Give2Asia 1 $100
Prevent Child Abuse America 1 $100
AquAbility 1 $100
charity: water 1 $100
Feed the Children 1 $100
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind 1 $100
Juma Ventures 1 $100
Marin Community Food Bank 1 $100
New Orleans Jewish Community Center 1 $100
Project EZRA 1 $100