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
Community Water Center 1 $150
Community Working Group 1 $150
Community Works West 1 $2,000
Community-Word Project 1 $5,000
Compass Family Services 5 $37,500
Compassion and Choices 10 $48,800
Compassion Without Borders 1 $1,000
Compassionate Friends 1 $250
Compassionate Friends - Marin 1 $250
Compassionate Listening Project 1 $180
Comprehensive Housing Assistance 1 $1,000
Computer History Museum 3 $107,048
Concern for Helping Animals in Israel 1 $250
Coney Island Prep Builders 1 $1,000
Congregation Agudath Israel of Boro Park 3 $6,080
Congregation B'nai B'rith Corporation 3 $10,100
Congregation B'nai Emunah 1 $10,000
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun 1 $1,000
Congregation B'nai Shalom of Contra Costa County 3 $1,190
Congregation B'nai Tikvah 4 $29,275
Congregation B'nai Tzedek 1 $100
Congregation Bais Yisroel 1 $118
Congregation Bet Haverim Jewish Fellowship of Davis 1 $200
Congregation Beth Abraham of Oakland 22 $74,762
Congregation Beth Am 69 $520,203
Congregation Beth El 4 $2,608
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County 1 $2,000
Congregation Beth Elohim 1 $3,125
Congregation Beth Emek 3 $7,500
Congregation Beth Israel, Austin 2 $5,480
Congregation Beth Israel, Berkeley 5 $7,820
Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel 3 $4,900
Congregation Beth Israel, Judea 5 $28,200
Congregation Beth Jacob 28 $147,483
Congregation Beth Shalom - Illinois 1 $100
Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley 8 $9,000
Congregation Beth Sholom - San Francisco 29 $88,358
Congregation Brith Shalom 1 $1,300
Congregation Chevra Thilim 4 $40,800
Congregation Emanu-El 88 $728,400
Congregation Emanuel 1 $250
Congregation Emek Beracha 5 $4,193
Congregation Har Shalom 2 $6,800
Congregation Har-El 1 $1,000
Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun 3 $4,000
Congregation Kehillath Israel 2 $4,396
Congregation Kol Emeth 76 $334,020
Congregation Kol Shofar 34 $319,756
Congregation Kona Beth Shalom 1 $120
Congregation Ner Tamid 2 $2,000
Congregation Netivot Shalom 19 $30,470
Congregation Neveh Shalom 1 $150
Congregation Orach Chaim 2 $2,000
Congregation Rodef Sholom of Marin 31 $243,614
Congregation Rodeph Sholom - New York 1 $1,800
Congregation Shearith Israel in the City of New York 1 $5,000
Congregation Sherith Israel 22 $36,060
Congregation Shir Shalom 2 $200
Congregation Shomrei Torah 1 $5,000
Conservation International Foundation 3 $3,800
Conservation Lands Foundation 1 $500
Conservation Society of California 1 $100
Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International 1 $1,000
Consultative Group on Biological Diversity 1 $50,000
Consumers Union of United States 1 $100
Consumers' Checkbook 1 $100
Contemporary Jewish Museum 67 $566,404
Contra Costa Animal Services 1 $3,000
Contra Costa Jewish Community Center 1 $3,000
Contra Costa Jewish Day School 5 $16,580
Contra Costa Midrasha 5 $7,750
Convergence Center for Policy Resolution 2 $2,500
Cool Effect 2 $260
CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse 4 $1,340
Coral Reef Alliance 1 $5,000
Corazon Healdsburg 3 $1,500
Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Foundation 2 $200,000
Cornell University 3 $3,350
Corning Museum of Glass 1 $25,000
Coro Northern California 3 $28,500
Corporate Accountability 2 $5,000
Corporation of Fine Arts Museums 24 $87,879
Corporation of Haverford College 3 $55,000
CorpsAfrica 2 $9,000
Corrib Theatre 1 $5,000
Council on Foreign Relations 2 $15,000
Court Appointed Special Advocates Program of Contra Costa County 1 $3,205
Covenant House California 1 $100
Craig Hospital Foundation 4 $77,150
Creating Friendships for Peace 1 $1,000
Creative Capital 1 $5,000
Creative Growth Art Center 1 $1,400
Creativity Explored 1 $500
CreaTV 1 $1,500
Crisis Control Ministry 1 $300
Crisis Text Line 2 $10,500
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America 5 $10,850
Crossroads Campus 1 $2,500
Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences 1 $250
Crowden Music Center 2 $25,200