Taking Action // Our Communities

Northern California

San Francisco

In addition to providing health care and coverage for low-income people, Kaiser Permanente’s community investments include grants, sponsorships, and volunteerism. Kaiser Permanente San Francisco supports nonprofit organizations located in and serving vulnerable San Francisco residents.

Our Health Priorities

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco is an active member of the “Building a Healthier San Francisco” coalition of hospitals and service providers, which, this past year, joined with the Department of Public Health and hundreds of health experts and citizens to assess San Francisco’s health needs. This working collaborative reviewed the data, heard from residents, and identified three key health needs that could benefit from the collective impact of resources directed by health service providers throughout the city.
The resulting Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) became the basis for each hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, required of all nonprofit hospitals by state and federal law. The Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Committee, composed of physicians, clinicians, administrators and employees of the San Francisco Medical Center, confirmed the top three health priorities in the CHIP to be the same health priorities Kaiser Permanente San Francisco would address through its 2014-2016 Community Benefit Plan.

Those Community Benefit priorities are:

        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 Community Benefit Committee has developed an implementation strategy for the Community Health Needs Assessment that identifies specific goals, strategies, outcomes, and metrics to address these three top health needs, and identify Kaiser Permanente assets that could be shared with community organizations to foster positive changes in health status.

2013 Grants

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco announces the availability of grant funding between $10,000 and $50,000 to support community-based nonprofit organizations and local government agencies that address the identified Community Benefit priorities through specific activities that take place during 2014. This is the only grant solicitation period in 2013.

Grantmaking Timeline

September 6, 2013 – RFP announcement
September 16, 2013, 1pm – Bidders conference call for questions about the RFP
October 7, 2013 – Grant applications due
November 15, 2013 – Grant awards announced
January 1, 2014 – Grant-funded services commence

Grant Solicitation Categories

  • Increase access to culturally competent care.
  • Improve integration and coordination of health services.
  • Support the health of seniors & persons with disabilities in the community.
  • Improve nutrition by increasing access to healthy foods and daily consumption of fruits and vegetable in schools and/or the community.
  • Increase physical activity for children, populations at risk, and/or seniors.
  • Prevent bullying and violence among children and teens.
  • Promote and support smoking cessation and reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.
  • Promote and support community garden projects.
  • Promote and support park and playground safety through active use.

Proposed strategies to address these health needs must be based on evidence that demonstrates effectiveness. The evidence should be from an external source (such as published research, formal program evaluation, government contract monitoring report, etc.) and does not include client satisfaction surveys. The evidence that shows the strategy you have chosen is effective must be described and submitted with the proposal.

To Apply



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

  • Community Benefit supports local nonprofit organizations whose mission and services align closely with the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Community Benefit priority areas listed above.
  • Community Relations – supports local community events and activities that reflect Kaiser Permanente’s mission and cause, and align with the Community Relations program, 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 funding request (sponsorship or grant) from an eligible agency each calendar year.

To apply for a sponsorship, review our Request Guidelines.

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 2012 Community Investment Reports

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.

Conducting these assessments and making them available to the public is also important in meeting new federal requirements outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We invite you to view the Community Health Needs Assessments for each Kaiser Foundation Hospital and submit comments on our CHNA web page.



Nancy Leung
Associate Community Benefit Specialist
Email: Nancy.Leung@kp.org
Phone: (415) 674-7148