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
Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District 2 $500
Catapult Film Fund 1 $7,500
CatchLight FKA PhotoPhilanthropy 1 $2,500
Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley 2 $2,800
Catholic Charities San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo 1 $1,500
Catholic Social Services 1 $150
Catholics for Choice 1 $2,840
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 2 $650
Center for American Progress 2 $4,000,000
Center for Biological Diversity 2 $800,250
Center for Civilians in Conflict 1 $1,000
Center for Common Ground 1 $100
Center for Constitutional Rights 2 $1,000
Center for Creative Land Recycling 1 $5,000
Center for Disaster Philanthropye 1 $15,000
Center For Domestic Peace 8 $2,900
Center for Early Intervention on Deafness 2 $2,000
Center for Elders Independence 1 $250
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies 1 $500
Center for Independent Documentary 1 $3,500
Center for International Policy 2 $2,090
Center for Investigative Reporting 4 $14,500
Center for Jewish Community Studies 1 $10,000
Center for Jewish History 3 $300
Center for Justice and Accountability 1 $1,000
Center for Land-Based Learning 1 $35,000
Center for New Music San Francisco 1 $2,500
Center for Policing Equity 1 $1,000
Center for Public Integrity 1 $1,000
Center for Reproductive Rights 10 $115,720
Center for Responsible Lending 2 $3,000,000
Center for Science in the Public Interest 6 $16,894
Center for State-Led National Debt Solutions 1 $2,500
Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture 1 $100
Center for Victims of Torture 5 $5,090
Center for Youth Development through Law 3 $900
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 2 $5,000,000
Center on Conscience and War 1 $250
Central American Resource Center 1 $100
Central Conference of American Rabbis 2 $2,250
Central Park Conservancy 1 $2,500
Central Synagogue Congregation Ahavath Chesed Shaar Hashomayin 3 $46,200
CENTROPA - Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation 1 $2,500
Century Villages at Cabrillo 1 $50,000
Ceres Community Project 1 $4,500
CERF+ 1 $100
Chabad at USC 1 $1,000
Chabad Center at University of Colorado 2 $5,760
Chabad House of Harvard Square 1 $1,500
Chabad Jewish Center of Oakland 14 $141,215
Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma 1 $100
Chabad Jewish Center of Richmond 1 $3,500
Chabad Jewish Student Center at Berkeley 2 $50,800
Chabad Lubavitch of Maine 1 $118
Chabad Lubavitch of Wyoming 1 $20,000
Chabad of California 3 $660
Chabad of Cole Valley 3 $8,800
Chabad of College Hill 1 $180
Chabad of Contra Costa 3 $6,400
Chabad of Greater South Bay 6 $19,980
Chabad of Marin and Sonoma 1 $100
Chabad of Mill Valley 6 $18,760
Chabad of Noe Valley 5 $12,980
Chabad of North Peninsula 8 $6,004,760
Chabad of Novato 1 $500
Chabad of Palm Springs 1 $200
Chabad of Poway 1 $250
Chabad of San Francisco 14 $28,470
Chabad of Sonoma County 2 $11,115
Chabad of the East Bay 7 $62,820
Chabad of the Inland Empire 1 $180
Chabad of the Tri Valley 1 $1,800
Chabad on Fulton 1 $100
Chabot Space and Science Center 1 $180
Chai Lifeline 1 $2,500
Chai Preschool 4 $57,300
Challah for Hunger 1 $1,000
Challenge Day 1 $3,000
Challenge Success 7 $7,310
Challenged Athletes Foundation 2 $1,250
Chamber Music in Napa Valley 1 $250
Chamber Music San Francisco 4 $2,700
Chamber Music Society of San Francisco 1 $250
Chapel Hill Kehillah 1 $180
Charities Aid Foundation of America 3 $11,830
charity: water 1 $100
Charles Armstrong School 1 $1,000
Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School 1 $180
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic 1 $300
Cherry Creek School District Parent Teacher Community Council 1 $500
Cheshire Academy 1 $500
Chevra 1 $5,000
Chevra Hatzalah 1 $500
Chevra Kol Israel 1 $5,000
Cheyanna Foundation for Children 1 $300
Chicago Public Media 1 $100
Chicken & Egg Pictures 1 $7,500
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley 1 $1,000
Child and Family Guidance Center 1 $1,000
Child Mind Institute 2 $6,800