Kaiser Permanente donates $10.5M to Oakland schools, community programs
San Francisco Business Times – by Chris Rauber
Date: Monday, November 29, 2010, 1:15pm PST
Kaiser Permanente, the huge health care system based in Oakland, said Monday it’s donating $10.5 million to bolster financially stressed schools and community programs in its home town, including a $7.5 million gift to the Oakland Unified School District.
Kaiser said the gifts, which it labeled as “investments,” are intended to help Oakland school children stay healthier as they learn, help them increase their attendance rates and academic performance, “and teach them about humanitarian leaders who succeeded in making positive differences in their communities.”
The grants will be funneled through a fund established by Kaiser at the East Bay Community Foundation, and will go to establish or expand programs offered by the Oakland school district, the Oakland Police Department’s OK Program and the nonprofit Remember Them.
“At Kaiser Permanente we consider ourselves a part of the fabric of the city and strongly believe we have a responsibility to play a leading role in improving the health and well-being of this community,” said Gregory Adams, president of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals Inc. in Northern California.
Components of the grants include:
• $7.5 million to the Oakland Unified School District to support school-based health centers in city schools, the African-American Male Achievement Program, and the district’s strategic-planning efforts.
• $1 million to the Oakland Police Department’s OK Program to support community-based violence prevention and youth mentoring for at-risk teens.
• $2 million to Remember Them, to support its “social justice monument and park” and an accompanying educational curriculum designed to teach schoolchildren about of 25 great international humanitarians.
Kaiser has been based in Oakland since its founding in 1945. It has more than 10,000 employees in the city, making it Oakland’s largest private employer. Officials said the health care giant is also the city’s largest landowner.
Kaiser is now expanding and upgrading its flagship Oakland medical center, adding a new 349-bed acute care facility at the corner of Broadway and MacArthur Boulevard to replace its existing ramshackle hospital there.