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 (that was established in 1983) are united under the Group Health Foundation brand and committed to improving health and health equity in Washington State.

When will you start grantmaking and what will be the focus?

We started very modest grantmaking in 2018. Over the next two years, we will focus primarily on learning and relationship-building with communities and partners across Washington. We will be issuing additional requests for proposals in 2019 and 2020, similar to our inaugural “lessons learned from community engagement” grants in 2018, to test ideas and learn from communities most impacted by inequities.

All funding and partnership opportunities will be shared via our website and with anyone who has signed up to receive email updates. At this point, we are not accepting unsolicited requests for funding. Our longer-term grantmaking strategy and priorities will be shaped by community aspirations for a healthy, vibrant Washington.

What do you anticipate the Foundation’s grantmaking to be?

Our grantmaking and program spending was less than $1M in 2018. We anticipate that our grantmaking will be $5M to $10M in 2019 and $10M to $20M in 2020.

Our longer-term annual grantmaking and program budget will exceed $60M.

What is the relationship between the two 'Group Health' foundations?

The newest Group Health Foundation was established in 2017 with proceeds from Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative. At the time, there was an existing Group Health Foundation that was established in 1983 to support the work of Group Health Cooperative. Today, these two foundations are integrated under the same Group Health Foundation name.

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

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.”

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. If you would like to make a contribution to Group Health Foundation, please contact us at (206) 788-8900 or info@grouphealthfoundation.org. (Group Health Foundation no longer accepts contributions on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Washington or Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.)

What if I have identified Group Health Foundation for a bequest or other planned gift?

Thank you for remembering us. If you have identified Group Health Foundation for a bequest or other planned gift, and have decided not to redirect your gift to Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or another nonprofit organization, your documentation should state that your funds will support “critical and emergent needs” at Group Health Foundation and include our tax ID number: 91-1246278.

Are there other organizations like Group Health Foundation?