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
American Academy of Dermatology 1 $5,000
American Alpine Club 2 $200
American Arbitration Association 1 $2,500
American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 12 $318,500
American Associates of the National Theatre 1 $1,000
American Association of University Women 1 $250
American Bach Soloists 1 $1,000
American Camping Association 1 $100
American Cancer Society 12 $14,050
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 33 $2,087,430
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California 22 $74,090
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem 7 $5,500
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science 16 $255,400
American Conservatory Theatre Foundation 10 $88,500
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy 1 $500,000
American Craft Council 1 $1,000
American Diabetes Association 1 $100
American Foreign Policy Council 1 $5,000
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 1 $150
American Foundation for the Blind 1 $500
American Foundation for the University of British Columbia 1 $250
American Friends of Alyn Hospital 3 $41,200
American Friends of Bar-Ilan University 3 $55,200
American Friends of Batsheva Dance Company 1 $1,500
American Friends of Combatants for Peace 4 $3,134
American Friends of Concordia University 4 $81,000
American Friends of Darche Noam 1 $3,600
American Friends of Hospice of the Upper Galilee 1 $500
American Friends of Leket Israel 1 $1,800
American Friends of Likud 1 $250
American Friends of Magen David Adom 16 $8,875
American Friends of Maoz-Seal 2 $200,000
American Friends of Neve Hanna 1 $1,000
American Friends of Neve Shalom-Wahat Al-Salam 3 $7,600
American Friends of the Association for the advancement of Community Center 1 $15,000
American Friends of the Babylonian Jewry Center, 1 $25,000
American Friends of the Hebrew University 12 $162,450
American Friends of the Heschel Center 1 $5,000
American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute 3 $272,000
American Friends of the Israel Museum 3 $130,000
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 15 $90,450
American Friends of the M&M Frankel Center for the Improvement of Learning 2 $350
American Friends of the Open University of Israel 5 $580
American Friends of the Parents Circle - Families Forum 4 $4,940
American Friends of the Rambam Health Care Campus 3 $107,900
American Friends of the Tel Aviv University 10 $567,700
American Friends of the Toronto International Film Festival 1 $1,635
American Friends of Yad Eliezer 5 $11,620
American Friends of Yahad-In Unum 3 $1,250
American Gastroenterological Association Institute 1 $3,000
American Heart Association of the Greater Bay Area 8 $12,580
American Himalayan Foundation 3 $10,425
American Humane 3 $3,200
American Humanist Association 2 $534
American Idea Foundation 1 $5,000
American Indian College Fund 5 $3,700
American Institute for Cancer Research 1 $180
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering 1 $500
American Israel Education Foundation 4 $225,000
American Israel Education Foundation 13 $784,000
American Israel Public Affairs Committee 2 $228,600
American Jewish Committee 30 $74,313
American Jewish Committee, NY 1 $1,500
American Jewish Congress 2 $460
American Jewish University 1 $1,000
American Jewish World Service 40 $227,056
American Kidney Fund 1 $100
American Leadership Forum 1 $1,000
American Lung Association 1 $100
American Museum of Fly Fishing 1 $1,500
American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation 1 $180
American Oversight 1 $250,000
American Physicians Fellowship for Medicine in Israel 1 $125
American Prairie Reserve 1 $10,000
American Red Cross 7 $6,750
American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter 9 $29,150
American Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter 1 $100
American Rivers 2 $10,180
American Schools of Oriental Research 2 $2,000
American Society for Clinical Investigation 1 $1,500
American Society for Technion-Israel Institute of Technology 7 $93,000
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 4 $2,000
American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel 6 $12,100
American Society for Yad Vashem 8 $4,450
American Supporters of Yedid 1 $5,000
Americans for Oxford 2 $15,325
Americans for Peace and Tolerance 1 $200
Americans for Peace Now 9 $11,550
Americans for the Israeli Third Way 1 $25,000
Americans United for Separation of Church and State 6 $39,900
Americares 1 $100
amfAR 2 $5,100
Amherst College Trustees 4 $30,300
Amigos de Las Americas 1 $200
Amigos del Museo del Barrio 1 $7,500
Amnesty International USA 13 $6,834
AMVETS National Service Foundation 1 $100
Anderson Ranch Arts Center 2 $7,000
Animal Aid Unlimited 1 $2,500
Animal Welfare Institute 1 $200