Equity and Innovation in Action.

HeartsGrants Ceremony 2019

The Foundation has awarded over 500 grants and $12 million dollars since 2004 to departments across ZSFG. Designed as a way to supplement patient care at San Francisco’s only public hospital since its early days, today the Hearts Grants program has grown to foster new ideas, fund creative approaches to patient care, and place value on programs fighting inequities in healthcare delivery.

In 2020, the Foundation awarded 22 grants that directly impact on-the-ground innovative equity initiatives at the hospital.

Social Medicine rounds in the ED

Championed by staff and departments, these funded projects will ensure health equity and patient care remain at the center of their work during this unprecedented year.


This year’s grantees showcase the variety of ways staff at ZSFG are working for a more equitable future for both staff and the patients they care for. Several of the 2019 Hearts Grantees are receiving a new round of funding, allowing these departments to continue their excellent work in early childhood literacy, staff wellness, and building trust among staff.

2020 Focus Areas:

Your gift supports initiatives that are born of necessity, designed by those on the frontlines, and created to meet the ever-changing needs of the ZSFG community.


Impact Stories

Health care Equity

Ensuring Equity: COVID-19 Recovery Kits

Recovering at home looks different for all patients.

Health care Equity

COVID + Food Insecurity: Patient Pantries at ZSFG

Providers heard what their patients really needed during the pandemic.