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Community Benefit Program

Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services, and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

As a values-driven, not-for-profit, integrated health care organization, we invest our resources in evidence-based strategies to assure effective healthcare for our 9.5 million members. To improve overall community health, Kaiser Permanente supports nonprofit partners with similar missions and the same focus on proven effectiveness of services.

We believe good health is a fundamental right shared by all, and we recognize that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community is prevention-focused and evidence-based. We go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy or grant-making to leverage financial resources with medical research, physician expertise, and clinical practices.

These are the drivers of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit priorities and investments to support community-based partnerships, which include service grants, event sponsorships, technical assistance and volunteer contributions to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving vulnerable San Francisco residents.


The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Community Benefit Program supports local, health-focused, nonprofit organizations whose mission and services to San Francisco residents align closely with Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s Community Benefit Plan to address these health priority areas:

1.    Increase Access to High Quality Health Care and Services
2.    Increase Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL)
3.    Ensure Safe and Healthy Living Environments

The 2014 grant solicitation process has ended. 107 nonprofit organizations and government agencies submitted Letters of Intent, and 35 full proposals were invited to compete for grants to support six distinct types of service activities during calendar year 2015:

1.  Culturally Competent Care through the use of patient navigators
2.  Integration & Coordination of Health Services for:
……a. persons with behavioral health problems, or
……b. seniors and/or persons with disabilities.
3.  Increased access to and consumption of healthy foods among children,
adults, & seniors.
4.  Increased physical activity to improve fitness for high-risk or obese youth and adults.
5.  Prevention of Bullying & Violence among Children/Teens
6.  Smoking Cessation

The next solicitation for competitive grants to implement our Community Benefit Plan will be in the Fall of 2015.


We support events and activities of community-based nonprofit organizations through two different funding categories:

  1. Community Benefit — supports local nonprofit organizations whose mission and services to vulnerable, low-income San Franciscans align closely with the Community Benefit health priority areas listed above.
  2. Community Relations – supports local nonprofit organizations whose events and activities reflect Kaiser Permanente’s mission and cause, and align with the Community Relations program.  Support is provided through partnerships, direct sponsorships, and volunteer efforts.

Applications for sponsorships are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and must be received a minimum of three months prior to the date of the event.  We accept only one sponsorship funding request from an eligible agency each calendar year, and grantees cannot apply for sponsorship in the same year they receive grant funding.  To apply for a sponsorship, review our Request Guidelines.

San Francisco Community Investment Reports

•    2013 Community Investment Report
•    2013 Community Benefit Year-end Report and 2014-2016 Community Benefit Plan (submitted to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in compliance with Senate Bill 697)

Community Health Needs Assessment

We are proud to share with you our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report. The report reflects Kaiser Permanente’s long-standing commitment to working with other organizations to address the most urgent health needs in the communities we serve.  We invite you to view the Community Health Needs Assessments for each Kaiser Foundation Hospital and submit comments on our CHNA web page.


Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Community Benefit Team

Jim Illig, Community Benefit Manager
Nancy Leung, Community Benefit Specialist