A Year of Growth and Impact by the Numbers

The San Francisco-based Federation Makes a Profound Impact on Bay Area and Global Jewish Life through Targeted Grants and Programs

San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation) concluded a successful 2013-2014 fiscal year, having raised a total of $19.95 million in philanthropic resources and awarded $22 million in direct grants, creating a profound impact on Jewish life in the Bay Area, Israel, and globally. This critical support provides Jewish experiences and education to thousands of children, cares for our most vulnerable seniors and families, allows for exploration of innovative new ventures, bolsters pluralism and equality in Israel, and helps sustain hundreds of thousands of Jews around the world.

The fiscal and programmatic impact of the Federation, as approved this summer by its Board of Directors, is made through three fundamental roles: Strategic Investing through targeted grants and programs; Capacity Building to strengthen organizations; and, Leadership Development to deepen personal philanthropy, train leaders, and sustain the Jewish community into the future.

For the fiscal year from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, the Federation:

  • Raised $19,950,000 in philanthropic resources, including both unrestricted gifts and gifts designated to specific programs.
  • Connected with 6,124 unique donors, including 650 new donors.
  • Provided $22,165,000 in direct grants to outstanding organizations serving our Jewish community, both locally and in Israel and Overseas, through annual fundraising and endowment funds (see highlights below).
  • Provided Capacity Building services to more than 50 Jewish organizations that achieved substantial enhancements in operations and productivity. The majority of services are provided via the Federation’s Pro Bono Consulting Practice, saving tens of thousands of dollars by leveraging professional expertise within the Jewish community.
  • Provided philanthropic services for hundreds of community members, supporting and expanding personal and familial philanthropy in a Jewish context.
  • Engaged and connected thousands of Bay Area Jews to the Jewish community through various interest groups and affinities.
  • Supported Jewish life for a diverse and vibrant community of more than 250,000 Jews – including kids, families, teens, young adults, professionals, seniors, Russian speakers, Israelis, LGBT, interfaith families, Jews of color, and more.

Standout new Federation grants include:

  • $72,000 for JIMENA to support Mizrahi and Sephardic cultural engagement.
  • $100,000 to boost young adult engagement at the JCC in Warsaw, Poland.
  • $230,000 to the Federation’s Gvanim Network to advance Jewish pluralism and civil discourse among disparate groups in Israel.
  • $485,000 for a first-of-its-kind North Peninsula Teen Collaborative, with URJ Camp Newman, synagogues, and Jewish LearningWorks, to engage teens in Jewish life.
  • $344,234 to the Oshman Family JCC and Hillel at Stanford to launch ENGAJ: Engaging the Next Generation of Adult Jews program.
  • $65,000 to expand Jewish LearningWorks’ Kesher initiative to help Marin families with young children explore Jewish life and community.

In addition to direct grantmaking and programs, the Federation also administered $160,700,000 in grants to both Jewish and secular organizations through personal philanthropic vehicles under Federation management:

  • 907 Donor Advised Funds granted $59,300,000 to 2,051 organizations.
  • 30 Supporting Foundations granted $101,400,000 to 363 organizations.

This year, while undesignated giving to the Federation continued to decline, as we’ve seen nationally in charitable organizations, a growth in restricted dollars to the Federation means additional capacity to support key Federation initiatives like Early Childhood Education, PJ Library, Scholarships, Jewish Teen Foundations, and other essential Federation programs that meet community needs.

“As the world of philanthropy changes, the Federation is evolving to remain responsive to donors, to continue to meet the needs of our diverse and dynamic community, and to have the maximum impact locally, in Israel, and around the world,” said Jim Offel, interim CEO of the Federation. “Through the support of a robust and deeply connected Jewish community, the Federation is able to sustain Jewish life in its many forms and support children, seniors, immigrants, and families with vital programs and services locally, in Israel, and beyond.”

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund connects people of all ages, backgrounds, and perspectives to the power of the Jewish community to improve the world. We partner with donors, organizations, and foundations to address pressing issues facing our community, and develop innovative strategies that result in deep and lasting impact locally, in Israel, and around the world. Learn more at www.jewishfed.org.

For immediate release

August 14, 2014


Ilan Kayatsky