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Northern California

San Francisco

Community Benefit Program

Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and 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 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.

2014 Grants Solicitation

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 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

We are beginning the 2014 grant solicitation though a simplified Request for Interest (RFI) process.  Nonprofit organizations and government agencies that have the interest, desire and capacity to provide the requested services are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for these grants, which will range from $10,000 to $50,000 for one-year projects during calendar year 2015.

The LOI will consist of a cover letter and a form describing the ability to provide the requested services with the expected outcomes.  Each LOI will be reviewed for fidelity to the RFI requirements, and a select number of organizations will be invited to submit full proposals to be considered for funding.

These are not general operating grants.  This year, we are requesting interest among service providers to implement six distinct types of activities that directly link with our Community Benefit Plan.  Each organization may submit an LOI for only one of the following grant categories:

1. Culturally Competent Care through the use of patient navigators
2. Integration & Coordination of Health Services for persons with behavioral health problems, or 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

Because we are targeting grant support for very specific activities and outcomes, we suggest you first review the categories in the attached RFI Instructions to determine if your organization has the desire or capacity to provide the requested services.  These grant activities are expected to have a direct impact on individuals (“expected outcome”), and individual changes in behavior, attitude, knowledge or health status must be tracked and reported.

Grantmaking Timeline:

Monday, August 25, 2014 Request for Interest announcement
Monday, September 8, 2014 Bidders’ Conference Call at 1:00 pm
Call:  1-888-431-3632     Meeting ID: 5113175 #
Friday, September 19, 2014 Letter of Intent due by 5:00 pm
Monday, October 6, 2014 Selected agencies invited to submit RFP
Monday, November 3, 2014 Proposals due by 5:00 pm

Please read the RFI Instructions carefully, and ask questions on the Bidders’ Conference Call.  The actual Letter of Intent consists of a form and a cover letter.  Use the 2014 Grant Solicitation – RFI Form.


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

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