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Dear friends,

If there’s one phrase that sums up Jewish life in 2022, it’s rising to the occasion. This past year, our community drew deeply from our collective well of generosity to meet the many challenges and adopt creative ways to keep us strong, connected, and prepared for the future.

Thanks to your support, we’re a community that is compassionate, relevant, and far-sighted. By working alongside our partners to assist our Jewish family—near and far—we’re able to deploy funds to the evolving needs of Ukrainian Jewry halfway around the world and relieve hardship for those still impacted by the pandemic here at home.

We offer opportunities to make a real difference in people’s lives. Whether through our Annual Campaign, Donor-Advised Funds, planned giving, Supporting Foundations, impact lending, or giving circles, Federation donors stepped up during an unforgettable year, stewarding more than $2B of philanthropic assets.

The Bay Area is a place that calculates the risks and rewards of reinvention and reimagining our future — where a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship can thrive. It’s where new ideas that change the world often emerge. As we construct our 21st-century Jewish institution, we’re adapting to the times by serving as a center for Jewish philanthropy.

Building on our strengths, we will continue to cultivate a broad, secure, and inclusive Jewish community as we forge ahead with hope and determination, recognizing, first and foremost, that we could not do this critical work without you.

From all of us at the Federation, thank you for your kindness, partnership, and, most of all, for believing in us.

With great appreciation,

FINANCIALS

GIVING TO AND THROUGH THE FEDERATION PUTS $203.48M INTO THE COMMUNITY

Dollars allocated (locally and globally) through grants and programs.

Dollars allocated through grants and programs
Legend for dollars allocated through grants and programs graph

FUNDS RAISED DURING THE 2021-2022 FISCAL YEAR

PHILANTHROPY

EMPOWERING OUR COMMUNITY TO BE A FORCE FOR CHANGE

The Jewish values of kehilah (community), tzedakah (giving with just intention), tzedek (pursuing justice), and tikkun olam (repairing the world) are our collective North Star, guiding and informing our philanthropy advisory work. The Federation offers Donor-Advised Funds and Supporting Foundations, innovative ways for individuals and families to maximize their impact while inspiring collective change.

GRANTED BY GEOGRAPHY

GRANT DOLLARS BY TOP 5 THEMATIC AREAS

TOP GRANTEES

BY DOLLARS GRANTED

1. Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
2. Jewish Family and Children’s Services
3. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
4. KQED
5. Jewish Community Relations Council
6. Congregation Emanu-El
7. San Francisco Jewish Comm Publications
8. University of California Berkeley Foundation
9. Congregation Beth Am
10. HIAS

BY NUMBER OF GRANTS

1. Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
2. University of California San Francisco
3. Congregation Emanu-El
4. PEF Israel Endowment Funds
5. Jewish Family and Children’s Services
6. University of California Berkeley Foundation
7. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
8. Stanford University
9. Jewish Community Relations Council
10. Oshman Family JCC

ENDOWMENT GIFTS HELP ENSURE THE JEWISH FUTURE

The Federation works one-on-one with donors to create their legacies. The result is permanent funding for the community, enriching Jewish life for future generations.

$400M

in assets managed in the Endowment and 422 funds established by donors
and community partners

$12M

in grants contributed to the well-being of the Jewish community, supporting Federation programs, addressing a broad range of causes in the Bay Area and Israel, such as Jewish special education, arts and culture, leadership development, seniors, and financial aid for Jewish preschools, day schools, and camps

$36M

in contributions made to existing funds, or to establish new funds

GIVING FOR THE GREATER GOOD

The Annual Campaign helps us invest in Jewish life, for today and the next generation. It enables the Federation to provide meaningful partnerships with local institutions, support security and preparedness, make Jewish experiences accessible and affordable, increase mental health resources in the wake of the pandemic, and inspire Jewish youth to find meaning in the values and traditions of Judaism. The 2022 Annual Campaign raised $18.2M from 4,700 donors.

The Centennial Campaign is a special initiative of the Federation to safeguard the future of the Jewish community. More than $220M has been raised since 2010 from 377 individuals and families. Gifts support the Federation’s Endowment, endow the Annual Campaign, and bolster causes most meaningful to donors.

Jim and Cathy Koshland

Ensuring community security

The Federation’s Community Security Program builds on two decades of experience supporting and leading Jewish community security efforts in the Bay Area. The program secures and prepares our community organizations, especially during this time of rising antisemitism, political division, and uncertainty in which we live.

It can be difficult to feel safe in our communal spaces during times like these. And while law enforcement works to protect the Jewish community and the public at large, a sense of security comes not only by trusting in the abilities of the police, but through education, collaboration, and self-empowerment.

That is what the Community Security Program is doing for so many in our community who feel increasingly vulnerable to violence. Through the Program, the Federation facilitates an array of services and support, including training webinars, grant application guidance, site assessments, and security consultations tailored to the specific needs of the organization.

Training webinars provide synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations with invaluable instruction on active threat preparation, while allowing them to maintain openness and inclusivity. Congregation Netivot Shalom was the first of many Bay Area synagogues to schedule a webinar to provide training for 150 constituents. The Program also provided the synagogue with successful grant application support and advice on implementing new security protocols.

Immediately after the horrific Uvalde school shooting, the Gideon Hausner and Brandeis SF schools engaged the Federation to train their staff. Moreover, the Program team helped Oakland Hebrew Day School successfully navigate the process of applying for California’s nonprofit security grants.

Program’s holistic approach to safety helps keep our community connected, resilient, and prepared.

47

partner
organizations

made their spaces more secure

125

synagogues and
organizations

received security consultation

Trained

125

people

Secured

$3.7M

for state and federal grants,
assisting 25 organizations

Focusing on impact first

Beyond grantmaking, impact lending is a philanthropic tool that addresses issues that our donors care deeply about, such as social and racial equity, economic opportunity, and poverty alleviation. It provides access to fair and affordable credit, an unmet need across all historically underrepresented populations—creating jobs, strengthening communities, and building wealth for disadvantaged individuals. We partner with financial institutions that loan out every dollar more than once, enabling them to attract increased capital and generate additional money for borrowers.

Since 1996, Tania Torres has been styling hair and building her business, Vanidad Beauty Salon, with a growing list of loyal repeat clients. Just before the pandemic, Tania reached out to Accion Opportunity Fund (AOF) for a loan to help build her credit and continue growing her business. AOF, one of the Federation’s investment partners, provides affordable capital and business support that small business owners need to build their enterprises and contribute to thriving local economies.

Tania’s AOF loan officer helped her secure a $2,500 loan backed by a federal savings account balance. The timing was auspicious. Complying with San Jose’s shelter-in-place orders, she closed her salon from March through September 2020, and then from December through February 2021. With the loan, Tania was able to invest both time and money in improvements to her salon that would keep her clients safe, including an air filter, masks and health notifications to customers, and more in-depth sanitization of her work environment. The pandemic threatened her livelihood and the business she had worked so hard to establish after immigrating from Nicaragua. The AOF loan provided the financial lifeline to weather the pandemic.

“For me, owning this salon is a passion. As a business owner, you need to have a lot of faith. I thank God for every day—you don’t know what is going to happen, what problems you’re going to face. I would tell other business owners to have hope for the future. When you trust that something is coming for you, you will work hard for it.”

– Tania Torres, owner of Vanidad Beauty Salon

$25M

invested and
deployed

by 96 funds and supporting foundations

5,000

small businesses

received nonprofit loans

24,600

jobs

created or retained

4,240

new homes built

Advancing Jewish continuity through education

The Federation’s Jewish Day School Growth Initiative created opportunities for families to connect with Jewish experiences and each other. Our investment in Jewish day schools increased the number of students who were able to attend while maximizing the institutions’ critical role in communal Jewish life.

“When people ask me what the most difficult challenge is that I’ve faced, my answer is: serving as the board president of my kids’ Jewish day school, South Peninsula Hebrew Day School (SPHDS). Managing a board of directors, fundraising, and building relationships with stakeholder groups including parents, teachers, and the community is never simple. And though the pandemic added unique challenges, the work has been very rewarding.

My mission, and it’s one the Federation shares through their Jewish Day School Growth Initiative, is to do whatever I can to assure that the day school education product is at the same level, if not better, than our free public school counterparts, and competitive with other private schools while being affordable to all.

If our day schools offer excellence and affordability, we will be able to offer a Jewish education to everyone in the Bay Area who wants it.

During the pandemic, the Federation provided additional scholarships to help families with financial hardships and subsidized the influx of public school students. Many of those students stayed with us, even as COVID’s day-to-day impact waned. With the Jewish Day School Growth Initiative, I’m convinced we can make it more and more feasible.”

– Barry Berkowitz, board president at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School

$4M

granted

in scholarships for Jewish
experiences, including Israel travel

312

professionals

participated in the Early Childhood
Education professional
development conference

9,654

Bay Area children

received free Jewish books through PJ Library

Prioritizing mental health

The pandemic amplified an existing mental health crisis—so much so that in 2021, organizational leaders identified loneliness, isolation, and mental health as top challenges facing the people they served. Through grants and training programs, we expanded access to mental health assistance and connected individuals and families to helpful resources.

Thanks to you, the Federation strengthened the support system for youth in our community and armed them with tools to guide them in their emotional wellness.

One way we did this was through JBridge, a website spearheaded by the Federation’s Teen Initiative, which helped Jewish teens find and pursue their passions while connecting with like-minded peers. As a hub of opportunities for Jewish youth and the people who care about them, the site was designed to support them in navigating their own unique path as they grow, explore, and discover who they are.

The Federation also supported:

Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Center for Children and Youth, a comprehensive resource offering mental health and support services as well as professional and community education.

Teen Talk App, a free app where teens can anonymously discuss their lives and concerns with trained peer counselors who help them address a variety of topics such as anxiety, depression, relationships, and school.

Mental Health First Aid for Teens, a training program that teaches high school students how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health or substance-use issues in their friends and peers.

120

families

and 26 educators shared a clinical
consultant for 8 months

68

young adult and
youth professionals

trained in mental health first aid

46

parents

attended mental health workshops

11

teens

trained as peer counselors
for the Teen Talk app

Stepping up to help the Ukrainian Jewish community

The Federation, with our on-the-ground partners, has been there stewarding critical aid to help those in danger. The war in Ukraine has created one of this century’s most significant humanitarian crises. 

The generosity of our donors enabled us to provide humanitarian relief, Aliyah assistance, and support for resettlement in the Bay Area.

Raisa Liebenson believed that she and her family would be safe when fighting broke out in her hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine. But when her apartment was destroyed by a mortar shell that rendered her temporarily deaf, she and her husband knew it was time to leave.

“Shell fragments were all over my bed. There was smoke in the apartment….it felt like something hot flew over me. I froze with fear. I could not realize how I would survive.” 

– Raisa Liebenson

Together, they fled to Pavlograd where they received assistance from the Federation’s partner, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and its network of Hesed* social welfare centers.

The Liebensons are not alone. Thousands of other Jewish people who have escaped Ukraine—many of them young families and seniors—depend on the Federations to help them survive. With our partners, we provide shelter, help them pay rent, and provide essentials such as clothes, shoes, blankets, and a monthly stipend for food and medicine.

Though Raisa is not sure whether she and her husband will ever get back to their home in Donetsk, one thing is certain: No matter where they are, they will be able to count on the Federation’s support.

 

*Hesed (also spelled chesed) is the Hebrew word for loving-kindness

$3.4M

raised

Ukraine Emergency Fund

$5.2M

mobilized

for Ukraine relief

Over

22M

hours

of home health care were provided to
Jews living in the former Soviet Union

Numbers used are in partnership with JDC