Community Benefits

The Foundation for Healthy Communities works closely with non-profit hospitals to advance knowledge in the community benefits field and promote the charitable activities of hospitals among our partners and the public.


What are Community Benefits?

Community Benefits is the legal term that refers to a broad spectrum ofcharitable services, programs, and resources that nonprofit hospitals and health systems allocate to meet their tax-exempt requirements. Hospitals also refer to them as community investments or charitable activities because these are the activities that align with their organizational missions to provide high quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of their communities.


What is health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (adapted from World Health Organization).


What is well-being?

Well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression,anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning (Centers forDisease Control:


Among Hospital Charitable Investments

Hospital Charitable Activities


For more information contact Beth Gustafson Wheeler at (603) 415-4278 or by email at