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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. Kaiser Permanente has been serving the San Francisco community since 1948.

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 10+ million members. To improve overall community health, Kaiser Permanente supports nonprofit and government partners with similar missions and the same focus on proven effectiveness of services.

Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community is prevention-focused, and we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy or grant-making to leverage financial resources with medical research, physician expertise, and clinical practices. Our Community Benefit investments include service grants, event sponsorships, donations, technical assistance and volunteer contributions to nonprofit organizations and local government agencies serving vulnerable San Francisco residents.


Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s (KP-SF) Community Benefit grants support local, health-focused, direct service nonprofit and governmental organizations whose mission and services align closely with our Community Benefit Plan.  The 2015 Request for Proposals (RFP) was released October 1, 2015 and 75 organizations applied.  32 organizations were invited to submit full proposals that were due January 8, 2016.  Grant awards will be announced at the end of February for services to start April 1, 2016 and end March 31, 2017.

This is the only open invitation during this calendar year to apply for grant funding for services in 2016.  The next RFP will be announced at the end of 2016 for services in 2017.  To assure that you are on the email announcement list, please email Nancy Leung (link at the bottom of this page).  To see a list of all the local KP-SF grants awarded in 2015 (along with a sample of Regional grants to San Francisco organizations), see the 2015 Community Investment Report at the end of this page.


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.
  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

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