Community benefit activities are programs and services designed to improve health in communities and increase access to healthcare. They are integral to the mission of not-for-profit healthcare organizations, and are the basis of tax exemption. Community benefit activities are responsive to identified community needs and are not for marketing purposes.
Examples of community benefit include the following:
- Health services provided to vulnerable or underserved populations
- Financial or in-kind support of public health programs
- Donations of funds, property or other resources that contribute to a community priority
- Health care cost containment activities
- Health education, screening and prevention services
Community benefit criteria
To be considered as a community benefit, activities must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Generate a low or negative margin
- Respond to needs of special populations, such as children, minorities, poor persons with disabilities, chronically mentally ill, and other disenfranchised persons
- Supply services or programs that would likely be discontinued (or would need to be provided by another not-for-profit or government provider) if the decision were made on a purely financial basis
- Involve education or research that improves overall community health
Community benefit consists of activities that are designed to improve health in the community, increase access to healthcare and respond to identified community needs.
For more information, please contact Sarah Gibbons, Community Relations Manager, at 267-426-6497 or contact her online.