Community Benefit

Funding Guidelines

We invest in three key areas, based on the Priority Areas identified in the St. Francis Medical Center's 2021 Assessment. These Priority Areas are:

  1. Chronic Disease Management
  2. Access To Care
  3. Obesity / Sedentary Lifestyles


Consideration of Funding

After considering how strongly a proposal aligns with our Community Health Needs Assessment Priority Areas and with St. Francis Medical Center's Core Values, we evaluate every request according to the following criteria:

  1. Soundness of fiscal, strategic, governance, and program delivery practices.
  2. Past success, demonstrated impact, or strong potential for impact.
  3. Use of evaluation to assess progress toward goals.
  4. Openness to collaboration and being part of a broader approach to improving the lives of community members, with special emphasis on identifying and improving non-clinical factors or the social determinants of health (SDOH) in our community.
  5. Programs or services that uncover the root causes of the health needs in our community and help address those needs with social interventions.

The SFMC Mission & People Sponsorship & Donation Committee meets monthly to review requests. Applications must be submitted 90 days prior to the event to be considered.

Organizations and/or programs that discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status will not be granted funding.


We are unable to fund the following types of requests:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Building endowments or reserve funds
  • Membership campaigns
  • Retroactive funding, i.e., activities, projects, or programs that will be completed before funding becomes available
  • Debt retirement
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grants for regranting purposes
  • Conferences, symposia, and related travel
  • Grants for medical, scientific, or academic research
  • Grants that further political doctrine


St. Francis Medical Center's Mission

Inspired by the vision of St. Francis of Assisi and in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, we extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to God's people, especially those most in need. We call forth all who serve in this healthcare ministry to share their gifts and talents to create a Spirit of Healing for all those entrusted to our care. We are, with God's help, a healing and spiritual presence for each other and the communities we are privileged to serve.


Core Values

  • Service – The privilege of reaching out to meet the needs of others
  • Reverence and Love for All Life – Acknowledging that all of life is a gift from God
  • Joyfulness of Spirit – An awareness of being blessed by God in all things
  • Humility – Being authentic in serving as an instrument of God
  • Justice – Striving for equity and fairness in relationships with special concern for those most in need