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Community Benefit Planning Handbook

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Strengthening Commitment to Mission

A community benefit plan is a document, usually produced in conjunction with the health care organization’s annual strategic plan, that explicitly details how an organization intends to fulfill both its mission of community service and its charitable, taxexempt purpose. It includes a description of community benefit priorities, projects, staffing, resources, evaluation procedures and anticipated outcomes, and a description of the nature and extent of community involvement.

Developed by the nation's largest association of non-profit hospitcals, these voluntary community benefit standards provide a framework and benchmarks that help to guide and evaluate not-for-profit health care organizations' efforts to address community needs. The standards serve as a guide in reviewing current initiatives and setting goals for future efforts.

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