French Mutual Benevolent Society

The French Mutual Benevolent Society began when sailing ships were the fastest way to travel and the streets of San Francisco were still unpaved. The founders of La Societe, related to today’s societaires by spirit and sometimes by blood, formed the first Health Maintenance Organization in America, and built California’s foremost medical institution of the early 20th century.

Our mission is to carry forward the philanthropic vision in which our organization was founded in 1851, and to advocate French Heritage on our soil. We are a 501c(3) nonprofit.