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
Child Parent Institute 1 $10,000
ChildFund International 1 $100
Children Now 1 $2,500
Children of Shelters 1 $1,000
Children's Aid Society 1 $10,000
Children's Book Project 3 $8,000
Children's Council of San Francisco 6 $26,150
Children's Defense Fund 1 $500
Children's Health Council 3 $31,000
Children's Hospital & Research Center Foundation 1 $60,000
Children's Hospital Los Angeles 2 $1,111
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 1 $10,000
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin 1 $1,000
Children's Museum of Sonoma County 1 $1,000
Childrens Theater Assoc of San Francisco 1 $500
Chinati Foundation 1 $30,000
Chinatown Community Development Center 1 $100
Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care 1 $39,780
Choate Rosemary Hall Foundation 2 $7,000
Chochmat HaLev 3 $3,040
Choose Love 1 $10,000
Chora Nova 1 $25,000
Chordoma Foundation 1 $1,800
CHP 11-99 Foundation 5 $6,550
Christian Action Life Line 1 $500
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 1 $100
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund 22 $233,108
CISPES Education Fund 1 $250
Citizen Film 1 $25,000
Citizens Climate Education Corp. 2 $3,000
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington 1 $1,000
City and Country School 1 $10,000
City Arts and Lectures 2 $25,100
City College Fund 1 $25,000
City Lights Theater Company 1 $2,500
City of Belvedere 1 $500
City of Hope National Medical Center 1 $100
City of Hope National Medical Center 1 $300
City of Portland 1 $500
City of Richmond, California 1 $250
City Parks Alliance 1 $350
City Surf Project 2 $11,800
Cityteam Ministries 1 $100
Civil Rights Corps 1 $500,000
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center 1 $500
CLAL - National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership 3 $2,900
Claremont McKenna College 1 $2,000
Clarion Project 2 $20,000
Clark County Winchester Heritage Commission 1 $100
Clean Water Fund 2 $3,500
Clerestory 1 $100
Cleveland Institute of Art 1 $500
Cleveland Kids Book Bank 2 $80,000
Cleveland Museum of Art 1 $6,000
Climate Jobs New York Education Fund 1 $200,000
Climate Reality Project 1 $1,000,000
Clinic by the Bay 1 $100
Club Z 5 $2,700
Coaching Corps 2 $6,000
Coalition on Homelessness 1 $200
Coastside Land Trust 1 $1,000
Code for America Labs 1 $5,000
Colby College 3 $1,700
Colgate University 1 $2,500
Collat Jewish Family Services 3 $4,050
College of Adaptive Arts 1 $20,000
College Preparatory School 6 $80,000
College Track 10 $19,000
Colorado College 1 $1,500
Colorectal Cancer Alliance 1 $250
Columbia Riverkeeper 1 $500
Columbia University 11 $52,100
Coming Together Stark County 1 $1,800
Committee to Protect Journalists 1 $500
Common Cause Education Fund 6 $900
Common Sense Media 4 $8,300
Commonweal 3 $860
Commonwealth Club of California 4 $28,500
Communities for a Better Environment 2 $3,350
Community Action of Napa Valley 2 $750
Community Alliance for Special Education 2 $450
Community Boards 2 $500
Community Change 1 $100
Community College of Philadelphia Foundation 2 $1,180
Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 1 $5,000
Community Foundation of New Jersey 1 $1,000
Community Gatepath 4 $4,780
Community Initiatives 5 $18,180
Community Institute for Psychotherapy 1 $100
Community Legal Aid 1 $150
Community Matters 3 $2,300
Community Music Center 5 $8,400
Community Music Center San Francisco 2 $22,000
Community Partners 4 $9,500
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) 1 $100
Community School of Music and Arts 2 $14,500
Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara 1 $250
Community Tech Network 1 $7,484
Community United Against Violence 1 $180
Community Venture Partners 2 $3,000