In The Community // Our Communities

Northern California


For nearly 70 years, Kaiser Permanente’s social mission has been the foundation of our community service programs. As a values-driven, not-for-profit integrated health care organization, Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. We believe good health is fundamental to all people, and recognize that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Like our approach to health care, our work in the community is prevention focused and based on best practices. We believe that healthy communities need access to healthy and nutritious food in their neighborhood stores, clean air, successful schools and safe parks and places to play and be physically active. Good health for the whole community also requires a focus on equity with social and economic well-being for all.

Through partnerships with community organizations and educational and government entities, Kaiser Permanente strives to benefit the community by addressing issues and concerns that affect overall community health. These partnerships are built upon the sharing of knowledge and resources between Kaiser Permanente and health-related community service organizations. We offer a variety of resources to these partnerships including: cash grants to support community activities; volunteers; and in-kind donations.


Grant Making Process 2016

In 2016, Marin Sonoma Community Benefit will be offering an invited process only. As we are in the third year of the current three year grant cycle (2014-2016) we will not be releasing an open Request for Proposals.

If you have a new or innovative program that fits our funding criteria and that has not been submitted to Kaiser Permanente in the past, please email Shan Magnuson ( a brief description in 100 words or less.


Funding Priorities

For many years, Kaiser Permanente has conducted community needs assessments to better understand each community’s unique health needs and resources. The Affordable Care Act now requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) once every three years, and to adopt a set of implementation strategies to address the community health needs identified through the CHNA process.

The Kaiser Permanente Marin Sonoma Area has identified the following priority health and social needs that impact the lives of vulnerable populations in our community. These priorities provide the basis for the Marin Sonoma Area Community Benefit Program and guide the distribution of contributions to the community.

The priority needs identified for 2014-2016 in the Santa Rosa area (Sonoma County with the exception of Petaluma and Sonoma Valley) are:

  1. Access to health care coverage and health insurance
  2. Healthy Eating Active Living
  3. Mental Health
  4. Oral Health

The priority needs identified for 2014-2016 in the San Rafael area (Marin County and Petaluma and Sonoma Valley) are:

  1. Access to health care coverage and health insurance
  2. Healthy Eating Active Living
  3. Mental Health
  4. Substance Abuse

Attached are charts including the specific implementation strategies identified in each health priority need area for both the Santa Rosa and San Rafael areas. Grant applicants must be able to demonstrate the organization’s capacity to implement one or more of the identified strategies to address the identified health need.

Santa Rosa Health Needs chart
San Rafael Health Needs chart

If you have questions about the LOI process or specific strategies, please contact Shan Magnuson by email at


Eligibility Guidelines

Grant funds must be used to serve vulnerable populations within the Kaiser Permanente Marin Sonoma service area. Only nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, education and government entities are eligible to receive Kaiser Permanente community benefit grants. Unincorporated groups or programs may utilize an eligible nonprofit agency as their fiscal agent.

Kaiser Permanente will not consider funding requests from the following types of organizations or for the following activities/purposes: religious purposes, partisan political, fraternal, athletic, international or social organizations, endowments, memorials or individuals, field trips or tours.



Applications for sponsorships are accepted throughout the year. We sponsor events that meet the following criteria:

  • Only nonprofit or public benefit organizations are eligible for sponsorship funding. Unincorporated groups or agencies can make arrangements to utilize an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent.
  • Funds must serve vulnerable populations in Kaiser Permanente’s Marin/Sonoma Service Area.
  • Your organization must address one or more of the Marin/Sonoma Area community health funding priorities listed above.

To apply for a sponsorship, please email your event information, with a specific request, to


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.


Contact Us

Cynthia Verrett
Community Benefit Manager, Santa Rosa Area

Molly Bergstrom
Community Benefit Manager, San Rafael Area

Shan Magnuson
Community Benefit Contributions Operations Specialist