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Community Benefit Program

The Greater San Francisco service area includes the City and County of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County (served by our South San Francisco Medical Center).

Kaiser Permanente has been serving the San Francisco community since 1948, providing high-quality, affordable health care services, and working to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.  That last part of our mission is the foundation of our community service programs to address the issues and social determinants that affect the overall health of the communities we serve.

As a values-driven, nonprofit, 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 organizations and government partners with the same focus on effectiveness, and services designed to benefit the most vulnerable residents of the communities we serve.

Our community engagement strategy brings a variety of resources to these partnerships, including:  service grants to address identified health needs, donations and sponsorships to support events and activities of our community partners, in-kind donations and volunteers, and technical assistance from our clinicians and healthcare experts.


There is only one open grant solicitation each calendar year, and the 2016 grants have been selected and are now serving vulnerable populations in both San Francisco and north San Mateo County.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in San Francisco and South San Francisco each issue an annual, open Request for Proposals (RFP) for service grants to address the identified health needs from the last community needs assessment.  Because of the large number of applicants, our grant selection process is competitive and specific in terms of target populations, strategies, and expected outcomes.

The next RFP will be issued in early 2017 for selection of one-year grants supporting direct services from July 2017 to June 2018.  Each Kaiser Permanente Medical Center will solicit proposals for specific services to address health needs in that hospital’s area.  If you would like to receive the RFP email announcement for your area when it is released, please contact the Community Benefit Program staff listed at the bottom of this page.


Kaiser Permanente in the Greater San Francisco Service Area considers applications for community event or activity sponsorships throughout the year; however, to secure the levels of approval necessary to authorize a donation, we require all requests to be submitted at least three months before the date of your event/activity.  There is a three-step process to apply for support:

  1. Submit the initial request with specific information by email.
  2. If the request meets the criteria, aligns with our mission, and fits within our budget, you will be asked to submit an online application with all the required documents.
  3. The formal application will be considered by Greater San Francisco hospital leaders at monthly meetings, and you will be notified whether the request has been approved or declined.

Eligibility Criteria

  • We will only consider requests from nonprofit charitable organizations (IRS designation 501(c)(3) or similar) as well as government entities that provide services in the Greater San Francisco (GSF) Service Area which includes the City and County of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County (including the cities of South San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, San Bruno, Brisbane, Pacifica, Montara and Moss Beach).
  • If the requesting organization is using a fiscal agent, the same information requested of the organization must be provided for the fiscal agent.
  • We cannot consider funding requests for religious purposes, political activities, international or social or fraternal organizations, endowments or memorials, field trips or tours, or individuals.
  • Kaiser Permanente has two programs that support community events and activities. Applicants must choose which program is the best fit for their request:
  1. The Community Benefit Program supports health-focused organizations that serve low-income, vulnerable populations and address the specific identified health needs from the latest Community Health Needs Assessment:
    1. Access to Care – providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care, coordinated across the continuum.
    2. Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) — changing daily behaviors to improve health and prevent disease.
    3. Behavioral Health – addressing psychosocial or mental health and well-being, as well as substance use disorders.
  2. The Community Relations Program supports local community events and activities which reflect Kaiser Permanente’s mission and values, including:
    1. Healthy Lifestyles – initiatives that contribute to the overall health and well-being of individuals and communities.
    2. Education – activities that create positive educational environments in Greater San Francisco Area public schools.
    3. Workforce Development – initiatives that provide employment opportunities and foster interest in working in the field.
  • We will accept only one sponsorship request to either Community Benefit or Community Relations during the calendar year. Organizations that receive a Community Benefit grant will not be considered for additional sponsorship funding during the grant period, and must publicly acknowledge Kaiser Permanente support during that year.
  • Requests must be received a minimum of three months before the date of the event.

Step One – Initial Request by Email

Send an email addressed to: with the subject line: Sponsorship Request

Attach a letter (as a Word or Acrobat file) on your agency’s letterhead that includes your address, and is signed by the executive director of the organization.  (If you are using a fiscal agent, a separate letter from that organization must confirm the fiscal agent agreement and consent to apply for support from Kaiser Permanente.)  The letter from the requesting organization must include all of the following information to be considered:

  • Organization’s legal name and mission/purpose.
  • The program to which you are applying. If Community Benefit, the health need that your organization matches and how you are addressing this health need.  If Community Relations, which type of activity you are proposing to do and how it fits with the mission and values of Kaiser Permanente.
  • The geographic area served by your organization, the target population served, and the number of people served annually.
  • History of partnering with Kaiser Permanente in the last five years – list the year, amount, and purpose of any grants, sponsorships, or donations; and the names and titles of any Kaiser Permanente physicians or employees serving on your Board or volunteering regularly with your organization.
  • A description of your event or activity, with the name, date, time and location, and the total proposed budget for this event.
  • A list of all sponsorship levels for the event, and the requested amount from Kaiser Permanente, along with the benefits aligned with that level. (can be a separate attachment)
  • Contact name, phone number, and email address.

If you have printed material about the upcoming event/activity (save-the-date announcement, invitation, etc.), also attach that to the email.

You will receive a response that your email has been received, and another email within four weeks when the initial request has been reviewed with a decision.

Step Two – Online Application

If the request passes the initial screening, the email you will receive will include a web link to Kaiser Permanente’s Online Sponsorship Application where you will be asked to provide additional information and upload required documents to facilitate further consideration of your request.  (This does not mean your request has been approved, but rather that it will be presented to the hospital’s leadership team for final approval or declination.)  The online application includes contact information for your executive director and project manager, tax status, compliance attestations, and specific information about the event/activity including the total budget and value of any tangible benefit received.  Additional documents that must be uploaded include:

  • Request on organization’s letterhead – you can use the same letter sent with the initial request.
  • Tax exempt status letter from the IRS, listing the same address as appears on your organization’s letterhead.
  • Current list of your Board of Directors and their affiliations on your organization’s letterhead.
  • Statement/policy of nondiscrimination on your organization’s letterhead.
  • A detailed listing of all event sponsorship levels and their associated benefits.

Step Three – Final Decision

Once the Contributions Committee of hospital leaders approves or declines your application, you will be notified of their decision by email and/or phone call.  We be in touch with your project manager to explain the process of acknowledging the check we will send, and address the details of activation for the event (using KP logos, creating ads, reporting KP attendees, etc.).  After the event/activity, the designated contact person must send an email that reports how many people attended the event and the names of any elected officials or government leaders that attended.

For further information about the Sponsorship Request process, please contact Keturah Bush, Contributions Operations Specialist, at or 415-833-9508.

San Francisco Community Investment Reports

Community Health Needs Assessment

While the Community Health Needs Assessment for 2017-2019 is being completed, 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 Greater San Francisco Community Benefit Team

Jim Illig, Community Benefit Manager
Keturah Bush, Contributions Operations Specialist