2020 Grantmaking

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, in 2020 the Federation disbursed 11,838 grants from donor-advised funds and supporting foundations, totaling $180,799,753 to 3,097 nonprofit organizations. The number of grants made increased by 18% over 2019, and we attribute this to the significantly greater health and human services needs that quickly arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

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Arts/Culture/Humanities

1,332 grants totaling $8,610,412

Education

1,788 grants totaling $26,068,449

Environment/Animals

804 grants totaling $17,233,970

Health

1,080 grants totaling $13,924,589

Human Services

2,384 grants totaling $24,828,067

Public/Society Benefit

3,171 grants totaling $83,300,584

Religion

1,334 grants totaling $11,521,195
Grantee name Total Grantssort descending Total Amount
Humane Society 5 $8,540
Register2Vote Fund 5 $26,200
Wildcare 5 $18,000
Hospice by the Bay 5 $30,780
Jewish Federations of North America 5 $156,000
Room to Read 5 $10,000
South Peninsula Hebrew Day School 5 $46,100
Stern Grove Festival Association 5 $35,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters 5 $11,618
Sonoma Land Trust 5 $10,550
826 5 $15,360
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council 5 $2,550
CASA of San Mateo County 5 $3,500
Keshet Inc. 5 $34,050
Marin Theatre Company 5 $18,000
San Francisco Playhouse 5 $133,500
Achieve Tahoe 5 $80,300
American Heart Association 5 $10,880
Georgetown University 5 $126,860
Happy Shalom School Inc. 5 $6,800
Marin Academy 5 $22,500
National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Inc. 5 $13,040
North Beach Citizens 5 $8,150
ORT America Inc. (New York) 5 $4,170
Pets in Need 5 $2,618
Ploughshares Fund 5 $33,600
Sutter Bay Hospitals 5 $24,600
That Man May See Inc. 5 $17,600
African Middle Eastern Leadership Project 5 $105,000
Americans for Peace Now, Inc. 5 $5,250
Bolinas Community Land Trust 5 $112,150
The Abraham Initiatives 5 $58,000
United Nations Watch - USA 5 $85,450
Center for Science in the Public Interest 5 $7,135
Independent Jewish World Cinema 5 $21,750
Peninsula Volunteers Inc. 5 $31,000
San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation 5 $1,050
United Negro College Fund, Inc. 5 $1,310
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation 5 $6,130
International Medical Corps 5 $22,300
Mid Peninsula Boys & Girls Club 5 $7,500
New York University 5 $72,600
Action Against Hunger USA 5 $6,020
Children's Defense Fund 5 $2,450
Fractured Atlas, Inc. 5 $37,250
Glaucoma Research Foundation 5 $5,000
United Religions Initiative 5 $15,300
University of Arizona Foundation 5 $4,100
Whistlestop 5 $3,500
American Friends of the Israel Museum 5 $37,050
Friends of the Arava Institute 5 $31,640
Vote.org 5 $289,000
Washington University 5 $83,000
Children's Health Council Inc. 5 $18,550
Community Initiatives 5 $4,800
Juma Ventures 5 $21,095
Ocean Conservancy 5 $900
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 5 $1,310
San Francisco Unified School District - KALW 5 $3,450
Schechter Institutes, Inc. 5 $225,658
Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music DBA Freight and 6 $53,250
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence 6 $10,450
Muttville 6 $7,380
Cityside Journalism Initiative 6 $3,790
Coaching Corps 6 $14,100
Friends Of The Earth 6 $20,300
Conservation Society of California 6 $3,850
Polyphony Foundation 6 $50,430
Regents of the University of Michigan 6 $7,550
Santa Clara University 6 $22,010
Asylum Arts 6 $111,212
Exploratorium 6 $23,200
Moldaw Residences 6 $11,130
Asian Art Museum Foundation of San Francisco 6 $38,000
Duke University 6 $125,980
Hand in Hand: American Friends of the Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel 6 $29,300
National Yiddish Book Center Inc. 6 $2,600
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies North America Inc. 6 $4,440
San Francisco Education Fund 6 $881,123
Seacology 6 $69,500
Leadership Conference Education Fund, Inc. 6 $4,350,350
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research 6 $2,180
Foundation for Students Rising Above 6 $19,450
Montana Wilderness School 6 $99,000
San Francisco Friends School 6 $165,500
We the Protesters Inc 6 $14,665
Bail Project 6 $5,850
Futures Without Violence 6 $73,000
Katherine Delmar Burke School 6 $27,650
Music in the Vineyards Inc. 6 $18,500
Palo Alto Community Fund 6 $3,300
Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy DBA SAR Academy 6 $16,110
T'ruah 6 $5,982
Arthritis Foundation - Northern California Office 6 $63,600
California College of the Arts 6 $102,000
Children's Council of San Francisco 6 $25,800
PTA California Congress of Parents Teachers and Students Inc. 6 $5,910
University Corporation San Francisco State 6 $93,000
Chabad of Contra Costa 6 $10,260
Community Gatepath 6 $10,000

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