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 1 $100
BBYO 6 $64,180
Beate Klarsfeld Foundation 1 $550
Beaumont Health Foundation 1 $4,500
Beaver Country Day School 1 $1,000
Bedford Playhouse 2 $3,500
Beginning With Children Foundation 1 $1,000
Beit Haverim 1 $3,100
Bellefaire Jewish Children's Bureau 1 $5,000
Beloved Builders 1 $5,000
Belvedere Tiburon Library Foundation 5 $17,900
Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society 1 $500
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice 16 $124,596
Bentley School 1 $5,000
Berkeley Ballet Theatre 2 $900
Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra 2 $1,400
Berkeley Community Fund 1 $600
Berkeley East Bay Humane Society 1 $108
Berkeley Food & Housing Project 3 $1,760
Berkeley Food Network 1 $100
Berkeley High Jazz Association 1 $3,000
Berkeley High School Development Group 2 $5,500
Berkeley Hillel 24 $555,446
Berkeley Law Foundation 1 $500
Berkeley Music Group 3 $25,000
Berkeley Partners for Parks 1 $250
Berkeley Playhouse 1 $250
Berkeley Public Library Foundation 2 $3,000
Berkeley Public Schools Fund 4 $7,000
Berkeley Real Estate Forum 1 $25,000
Berkeley Repertory Theatre 8 $202,150
Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music 1 $2,000
Bernard Osher Marin Jewish Community Center 15 $22,350
Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights 1 $20,799
Best Buddies International 5 $3,100
Best Friends Animal Society 1 $250
Beta Pi Sigma Sorority 1 $1,250
Beth Am Israel 1 $5,000
Beth El Congregation, Baltimore 2 $3,000
Beth El Hebrew Congregation 1 $500
Beth Jacob Congregation - Beverly Hills 1 $540
Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland 18 $127,901
Beth Longwell Foundation 2 $700
Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah 1 $1,800
Better Angels Society 1 $500,000
Better Health East Bay 1 $2,000
Beyond Differences 10 $13,675
Beyond Faces Foundation 1 $1,500
Beyond Fistula 4 $4,250
Beyond Nuclear 2 $784
Beyt Tikkun 1 $500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1 $200
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City 1 $3,050
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area 1 $118
Big Sur Land Trust 1 $1,250
Bill Graham Memorial Foundation 1 $159,800
Bim Bam FKA G-dcast 1 $100
Bird Rescue Center 1 $100
Birthright Israel Foundation 44 $287,900
Bizworld Foundation 1 $200
Black Fret 1 $1,600
Black Girls Run Foundation 1 $225
Black Hills State University Foundation 1 $720
Black Pine Circle 1 $5,000
Blue Bear School of Music 2 $4,500
Blue Card 1 $5,000
Blue Water Baltimore 1 $250
BlueStar PR 2 $25,000
Bolinas Community 1 $1,000
Bolinas Museum 2 $4,500
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust 1 $500
Bonita House 1 $1,000
Book Trust 1 $1,500
Boston Children's Hospital 1 $300
Boston Latin School Association 1 $2,250
Boston MedFlight 1 $2,500
Boston Symphony Orchestra 1 $35,000
Boston University 1 $1,000
Boston University Hillel, 1 $360
Boston Women's Health Book Collective 1 $500
Boulder Shelter for the Homeless 1 $540
Boundless Brilliance 1 $200
Boy Scouts of America - Marin Council 1 $200
Boy Scouts of America, Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council 1 $500
Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County 1 $100
Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula 5 $27,500
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland 1 $100
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco 7 $8,500
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence 6 $76,600
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 3 $5,700
Brandeis Hillel Day School - Marin 23 $115,962
Brandeis School of San Francisco 12 $53,730
Brandeis University 3 $1,300
Branson School 8 $20,650
Bread & Roses 4 $6,250
Breakthrough Collaborative 1 $1,000
Breakthrough Institute 3 $375,000
Breakthrough Silicon Valley 1 $1,000
Breast Cancer Action 4 $7,575
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners 9 $8,680