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About the Foundation

Our Mission

To raise funds and make grants to support Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and other organizations that improve the health of our community.

The last six years* at a glance:


Million Raised


Grants Awarded


Million in Funds Given

*7/1/2012 – 6/30/2019

Founded in 1979, the Saint Francis Foundation is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization entrusted to provide philanthropic support to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and the community the hospital serves. Through the legacy and generosity of donors, the Foundation is responsible for shepherding funds and reviewing and distributing grants with the goal of fostering outstanding health services to the local community focusing on innovation, behavioral health, aging, and crisis response.

Since its establishment in 1905, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has stood on the slopes of Nob Hill as pillar of strength and compassion for the community. Enduring two world wars and two earthquakes, the Hospital continues to contend with the economic forces affecting health care delivery and costs. The partnership between the Foundation and the Hospital is a critical path to help meet the challenges of the current environment and ensure that the vision of a community hospital, named for the City’s patron saint, is allowed to flourish. The Foundation and the Hospital work in coordination to deliver compassionate, high quality health services, while serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised. The partnership extends to our neighbors in the surrounding community, to strive to improve their quality of life and thus their health.

What We Care About

Doctor standing in exam room

The Next 100 Years

Ensuring the next 100 years of high-quality health care by investing in programs, technology, and innovative ideas that advance care

Working with Patient

Crisis Management and Response

Responding to crisis, including acute events like fires, earthquakes or civil unrest, or prolonged health challenges such as AIDS, chronic homelessness, and infectious diseases

taking care of elderly man


Promoting health and independence by supporting a continuity of care for patients over 65


Behavioral Health

Supporting the chronic behavioral health needs of the most vulnerable communities in downtown San Francisco

Our Team


A team of professionals committed to carrying out the Foundation’s mission on a daily basis

Board of Directors 

Community members with a broad range of skills and perspectives and a shared commitment to a healthy city


Volunteer groups rallying young professionals and members of the LBGTQ community to support the Hospital

About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Saint Francis Memorial Hospital remains a thriving center of healing and innovation in medicine as well as a spiritual anchor to its community. Saint Francis, a member of Dignity Health, maintains 294 licensed beds and offers a number of specialized programs that attract patients from all over Northern California and beyond.