Frequently asked questions

What is the best way to contact Group Health Foundation if I have a general inquiry?

The best way to reach us is to send a message to info@groupheathfoundation.org. Your message will be forwarded to the person best equipped to respond to your request. We respond to every message we receive. If you do not have email access, please call us toll free at (866) 389-5532.

What funding opportunities are available?

We support organizations and fiscally sponsored projects whose work advances racial justice and equity in Washington and communities along the state’s borders. We offer sponsorships for events and convenings on an ongoing basis. To keep up-to-date on funding opportunities, sign up for our emails and visit our website.

How much will Group Health Foundation grant each year?

We anticipate granting about $66 million in 2022.

Do you provide funds to intermediaries or “re-granters,” such as community foundations and United Ways?

We are most interested in intermediaries who have deep and trusting relationships with communities. When deciding on funding for an intermediary, we are interested in hearing whether community organizations prefer to receive direct grants or if they would benefit from a funding partnership with, and receiving funding through, an intermediary.

Your organization has “health” in its name. Are you only funding health-related activities?

We believe that racial justice is a core condition to achieving true equity. Therefore, we aim to fund a wide range of work in advocacy, leadership development, cultural reclamation, civic participation, organizing, narrative change, and the many other activities that build community power and dismantle systemic racism.  Visit our grant recipients page to see the organizations we have supported.

What does it mean to be a 501(c)(4) organization?

As a 501(c)(4), Group Health Foundation may fund 501(c)(3) nonprofits, 501(c)(4) nonprofits, other tax-exempt organizations, tribes, and even for-profit entities, as long as the organizations and activities we are funding advance “social welfare” and are consistent with our primary purposes. Like 501(c)(3) organizations, we may also engage in direct program activity that advances our purposes, including capacity building, educational activities, and coordination of funded programs.

Nonprofits that receive contributions from a 501(c)(4) have greater flexibility to pursue a range of advocacy, power-building, and political activities.

How is the Foundation approaching relationship-building with communities?

We believe that people most impacted by health inequities should be at the center of solutions. The Foundation has—and will continue to—prioritize building relationships with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color; immigrants and refugees; people with disabilities; members of the LGBTQ+ community; and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness. We will also look to connect with these communities in areas throughout the state that have been historically overlooked by philanthropy and corporate donors.

Read “Our Approach to Building Relationships with Communities” to learn more about our priorities for outreach and how we aspire to engage with communities.

How will you use data, research, and evaluation? Will you work with external research partners?

Data collection, research, and evaluation can be helpful to our collective work. At the same time, they may perpetuate harm if they are not conducted with accountability and in partnership with communities. As we outline in “Our Approach to Information, Learning and Evaluation,” we seek to work with communities to understand the kind of information they are interested in gathering as part of their efforts to build community power for a more just and equitable future.

We aim to partner with researchers who share our values, are trusted community partners, and will ensure those most impacted by injustices are centered in, leading, and co-designing research projects.

Is Group Health Foundation hiring? Do you offer informational interviews?

For the latest information on available jobs, visit our jobs page, sign up for our emails, or fill out our candidate interest form. Due to our current staff capacity and the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for informational interviews. We also want to be mindful about giving all applicants a similar level of information access.

What is Group Health Foundation’s connection to Kaiser Permanente?

When Kaiser Permanente acquired Group Health Cooperative, a new 501(c)(4) foundation was formed with the proceeds from the acquisition. Our 501(c)(4) and the longstanding 501(c)(3) foundation that was previously part of Group Health Cooperative now operate collectively as “Group Health Foundation”—with a shared commitment to advancing racial justice and equity in Washington. Group Health Foundation is a completely independent entity with no formal connection to Kaiser Permanente.

What are examples of Group Health Cooperative’s legacy of social impact?

When Kaiser Permanente acquired Group Health Cooperative in 2017, our 501(c)(4) foundation was created with the proceeds to carry on the Cooperative’s legacy of social impact.

Group Health Cooperative, founded in 1946, had a vision to create a health system grounded in the principles of social justice and to provide affordable, preventative, person-centered care. Here are some examples of the Cooperative’s legacy:

  • Group Health Cooperative was a leader of reproductive justice and equitable access to women’s health care, both around the time of Roe v. Wade and in more recent years. The Cooperative was unwavering in its commitment to open access service, including abortion.
  • The Cooperative advocated for the care of transgender people, including transition care, while working in partnership with patient, advocacy, and LGBTQ groups.
  • Group Health Cooperative’s Board of Trustees took a public position opposing the Washington state initiative that would restrict bathroom access by gender identity.
  • Group Health Cooperative supported public funding for school-based health centers to provide mental health services and contraceptives.
  • The Cooperative also created Medicare advantage as a group benefit model that allowed preventative care; made gains fighting for equitable payment for rural health care; supported universal health care; and helped advance the original Basic Health Plan in Washington that provided government-subsidized coverage for the “working poor” who were not Medicaid eligible and could not afford health insurance.

To learn more about Group Health Cooperative’s history, we invite you to read “Group Health Timeline, 1947-2007,” or “Group Health Embracing Change, 2007-2017.”

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