Frequently Asked Questions


Why was a new foundation created?

When Kaiser Permanente acquired Group Health Cooperative, a 501(c)(4) foundation was created from the proceeds to carry on Group Health’s legacy of social impact. This 501(c)(4) foundation and the 501(c)(3) foundation established in 1983 are united under the Group Health Foundation brand and committed to improving health in Washington State.

What is the relationship between the two Group Health foundations?

Group Health Foundation is comprised of two charitable entities—Group Health Foundation and Group Health Community Foundation.

Group Health Foundation is the legal name of the entity that was established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to support the work of Group Health Cooperative. For more than 30 years, the foundation spurred innovation in health, enhanced patient care, and improved vaccination rates.

With Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative in February 2017, a much larger charitable entity was funded from the proceeds and the 501 (c)(3) Group Health Foundation became its subsidiary.

Group Health Community Foundation is the legal name of this new 501(c)(4) organization. It has more than $1.7 billion in assets to dedicate to tackling health inequities and improving health across Washington. The 501(c)(4) charitable status enables the foundation to advocate more boldly for public policy to improve health.

To keep it simple, we’ve united both entities under the name of Group Health Foundation.

When will Group Health Foundation start considering funding opportunities?

Group Health Foundation is still in the early stages of establishing itself as an organization. This first year we’ve been focused on forming the board, setting up the infrastructure and operations of the Foundation, and building our staff team. We will launch our CEO search in the fourth quarter of 2017 and begin community conversations in 2018. Each of these processes will help inform our priorities and overarching strategy with an aim to begin grantmaking in 2019. To receive periodic updates on our endeavors, please join our mailing list through the Contact Us page.

How can I learn about job opportunities at Group Health Foundation?

To learn about job opportunities at Group Health Foundation, please check the Join Our Team page on our website.

How can I learn about Group Health Cooperative’s history?

To learn more about Group Health Cooperative’s history, we invite you to download the “Group Health Timeline, 1947-2007” book, or the summary of Group Health Cooperative’s closing chapter, “Group Health Embracing Change, 2007-2017.”

Where can I find information about Kaiser Permanente?

Group Health Foundation is independent of and not connected to Kaiser Permanente. You can visit Kaiser Permanente’s website to learn more about their care, coverage, and services.

Are contributions made to Group Health Foundation tax deductible?

The 501(c)(3) arm of Group Health Foundation remains a separate organization as a subsidiary of the larger foundation. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all donations to Group Health Foundation are tax deductible, as allowable by law. Group Health Foundation continues to accept donations from the community, and grants those funds to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve health outcomes in Washington State.

What if I have left a gift for Group Health in my will or directed my gift to a specific program?

Thank you for remembering us. If you have made a planned gift to Group Health Foundation, you shouldn’t need to make any changes to your will. To be certain that your intention is clear, your will should state that you are giving to ‘Group Health Foundation’ and include our tax ID number: 91-1246278.

Are there other organizations like Group Health Foundation?

There are similar (though certainly not identical) foundations across the country that have comparable structures and aspirations to Group Health Foundation. Here are a few examples of organizations with some similarities: