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
Breast Cancer Research Foundation 1 $25,000 1 $100
Breathe California of the Bay Area 1 $100
BrightFocus Foundation 1 $100
Brigid Alliance 1 $1,500
Bring Change to Mind 1 $1,500
Bring Me a Book Foundation 1 $1,000
British Schools and Universities Foundation 1 $6,450
Broadway Barks 1 $5,000
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS 1 $2,000
Broadway Childrens School of Oakland 1 $500
Brooklyn Academy of Music 1 $150
Brothers for Life 3 $7,000
Brown RISD Hillel 2 $1,000
Brown University 10 $34,000
Bryn Mawr College 2 $3,500
Buckelew Programs 2 $2,000
Budding Artist Foundation 1 $2,000
Buffalo Bill Center of the West 1 $250
buildOn 3 $2,150
Bunny World Foundation 1 $300
Burlingame Library Foundation 3 $2,400
Burning Man Project 5 $9,223
Cake4Kids 2 $750
Cal Performances 6 $10,550
California Academy of Sciences 12 $118,500
California ChangeLawyers 1 $100
California Clean Money Campaign 1 $300
California College of the Arts 13 $317,500
California Film Institute 5 $5,411
California Fire Foundation 1 $25,000
California Genealogical Society 1 $1,000
California Historical Society 2 $20,250
California Homebuilding Foundation 1 $10,000
California Indian Environmental Alliance 1 $300
California Institute of Integral Studies 1 $1,000
California Invasive Plant Council 1 $180
California Jazz Conservatory 2 $20,500
California Lawyers for the Arts 1 $100
California Literary and Prologue Society 1 $375
California Masonic Foundation 2 $2,320
California Music Center 1 $100
California Odd Fellows Foundation 1 $5,000
California Pacific Medical Center Foundation 21 $622,910
California Poets in the Schools 1 $3,000
California Police Activities League 3 $700
California Prison Focus 2 $4,000
California Public Interest Research Education Fund 4 $1,000
California Scottish Rite Foundation 1 $500
California State Parks Foundation 11 $7,500
California State Wildlife Foundation 3 $3,650
California Trout 2 $5,000
California-Hawaii Elks Major Project 1 $100
Californians Against Waste Foundation 2 $450
Call to Action of Northern California 1 $180
CALmatters 2 $11,500
Cambodia Human Rights Task Forces 1 $35,000
Cambridge in America 2 $30,000
CAMERA 9 $5,620
Camfed USA Foundation 1 $2,000
Caminar 2 $3,500
Caminos de Agua 1 $250
Camp Havaya 1 $1,000
Camp Hazen YMCA 1 $3,000
Camp Kesem 5 $5,750
Camp Possibilities Foundation 1 $2,000
Camp Ramah in Northern California 8 $70,360
Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 1 $100
Camp Ramah in Wisconsin 2 $1,000
Campaign Legal Center 2 $1,500,000
Campanile Foundation 1 $5,000
Camperships for Nebagamon 1 $250
Canal Alliance 1 $20,000
Cancer Commons 3 $3,500
Cancer Research Fund of the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Foundation 1 $400
Cancer Research Institute 2 $500
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona 1 $1,500
Canine Companions for Independence 2 $1,100
Canopy 2 $5,300
Canopy Canopy Canopy 1 $40,000
Cantare Con Vivo 1 $2,000
Cantors Assembly 1 $250
Canvas Church of San Francisco 2 $90,000
Capitol Public Radio 1 $500
Carbon180 1 $50,000
Cardiac Therapy Foundation of the Mid-Peninsula 1 $100
CARE 3 $1,300
Caring for Children 2 $2,500
CaringBridge 1 $100
Carleton College 1 $100
Carlmont Academic Foundation 2 $2,400
Carlmont Music Boosters 1 $250
Carmel Art Association 1 $150
Carolina for Kibera, 2 $200
Carter Center 1 $100
CASA of San Mateo County 2 $1,500
CASA of Ventura County 1 $300
Case Western Reserve University 1 $400
Castilleja School Foundation 3 $15,250
Castro Organ Devotees Association 1 $5,000