FAQ

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 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 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 $1.8 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.

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 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?