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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

The 2014 grant solicitation process will begin on August 25, 2014 when we issue a Request for Interest (RFI) via email to all of our partner agencies and posting on this website.  We will list up to six specific grant categories with target populations and expected outcomes that directly link to the hospital’s Community Benefit Plan to address the community health priorities listed above.  Grant funding will range from $10,000 to $50,000, and current grantees will be eligible to apply.

Two weeks after the RFI is issued, we will host a Bidder’s Conference Call on September 8th to review the eligibility criteria, requirements and expectations for grants to be funded, and answer questions from potential bidders.  The Letter of Intent (LOI) consisting of a form and cover letter will be due two weeks later, on September 19th.

LOI’s will be reviewed and invitations to submit a full proposal will be extended to a limited number of applicants.  Full Proposal must be submitted online and will be due by November 3rd.  Following a careful review by the hospital’s Community Benefit Committee, award announcements will be made in mid-December for funded services in calendar year 2015.

Required for all grant submissions:

  • Evidence-based strategies — external evidence of effectiveness must have direct relevance to the proposed strategy to achieve the expected outcome.
  • Evidence of collaboration – applicants must confirm a practical, working relationship with other providers who serve the same clients/target population.

In all the grant categories, we are encouraging services for seniors and persons with disabilities, and for low-income residents of the Central City and southern neighborhoods of San Francisco.
If you are interested in the 2014 grant program, please email Nancy Leung (nancy.leung@kp.org) to be added to the RFI announcement list.  Please include “2014  Grant Request – (your agency name)” in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include your name, title, and phone number.


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 / james.m.illig@kp.org
Nancy Leung,Community Benefit Specialist / nancy.leung@kp.org