Grants & Loans


JFFS exists to serve our community, in Orange County, in Israel and around the world. We are dedicated to increasing community philanthropy toward the goal of providing more grants and services; and underwriting activities that engage people in building community and in sustaining Jewish life.  


The JFFS Planning & Funding Council, comprised of 17 lay leaders involved with numerous community organizations, directs JFFS Core Grants and Impact Grants to our community institutions, and oversees subcommittees of lay leaders who determine Passport to Jewish Life® educational grants, Family Philanthropy Venture Fund grants, Lifelines emergency assistance grants, Israel grants and Rose Project grants. In addition, the JFFS Finance Committee, a team of outstanding lay leaders with vast professional experience as CPAs, CFOs, investors, bankers and financial advisors, further oversees all JFFS grants, programs and infrastructure.

  • Core Grants are made annually to the six JFFS Core Partners to support a broad range of their activities.

  • The 2018 grant process has not yet been announced. Further information will be posted in early fall.

  • Passport to Jewish Life® grants open the doors to new and exciting Jewish educational destinations - such as Jewish summer camp, congregational religious school, Jewish teen leadership and community service programs, as well as Israel experiences.

  • JFFS' Family Philanthropy Venture Fund - comprised of families and philanthropists - seeks out and supports innovative, high-impact projects, within the mission of JFFS, that have the potential to become self-sustaining and address unmet needs in our community.

  • Support for projects in Israel is provided by JFFS donors who give to the Connect 2 Israel Initiative.

  • Rose Project grants are available for Jewish campus organizations, student subsidies for Israel education, advocacy training and leadership development programs, and academic engagements between OC and Israeli universities.

Where Your Money Goes


Jewish Federation & Family Services recently earned the Charity Navigator 4-star rating for our eighth consecutive year. This is Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating; only 3% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations. Charity Navigator is America’s premier charity evaluator, and JFFS is continuously working to ensure that your contributions are spent wisely and have true impact.