To meet our goal of creating a vibrant Jewish community in the East Bay and overseas, the Federation and The Foundation provide grants, capacity-building support and endowment fund services to a variety of programs and organizations.
The Federation and Foundation award grants annually for projects and non-profits serving the East Bay Jewish community in areas including enriching Jewish life and culture, strengthening Jewish identity and education, and caring for those in need.
Funding comes from the Federation’s Annual Campaign, the Foundation’s Permanent Community Endowment and restricted funds and from individual Foundation donors who recommend grants through their donor advised funds and supporting foundations.
Members of the Joint Grants Committee (consisting of lay leaders from the Federation and Foundation) review proposals and make recommendations as to which grants should be made. These recommendations are reviewed by the Foundation and Federation Boards. In addition, eligible proposals may be presented to the Foundation's donor representatives for funding consideration from supporting family foundations and philanthropic donor advised funds.
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Community agencies, synagogues and institutions can set up endowment funds to provide a predictable, year-after-year source of future funding.
On their own or in concert with donors, organizations set up endowment funds by making one-time or ongoing gifts to the Foundation. Funds are invested according to policy in order to yield consistent returns over time and are overseen by an experienced investment monitoring committee, supported by a professional investment consultant firm retained by the committee.
Distributions are made available according to a formula designed to ensure fund stability and growth while providing yearly funding for the organization's work.
In addition, the Foundation can work with your organization to increase its ability to fund operations. We can lend our expertise in fundraising, grant seeking and programming to help your organization make connections in the community to drive shared missions forward.