Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues…

A leader in health policy analysis and health journalism, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues.

Kaiser is a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own policy analysis, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with major news organizations.

We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media,  the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand the health reform law.

The modern day KFF was established in the early 1990s with its current mission and operating style.

It is not associated with Kaiser Permanente.

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ALTMAN-HEADSHOT-1_credit-Robin-Holland-300x200President’s Message

This essay discusses the choices we have made about our mission and operating style.   It is a revised version of an essay published in the journal Health Affairs in 1998.  Of course, I believe deeply in what we are doing at Kaiser, but I offer this and update it every few years for interested readers with the caveat that our choices are not necessarily the right ones for others.  Each foundation and non-profit organization has a different set of opportunities by virtue of its history and donor intent, its size, geographic location, the character of its board and staff leadership, and other factors.  I have always believed that our society is best served by having foundations that do different things. Organizations also evolve and change (and should). We began as a private foundation, quickly switched to a private operating foundation, and now we are a public charity, a change which signals no shift in mission or operations but gives us a status which more accurately reflects how we operate today.

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Also read about Kaiser’s strategy on its work about the Affordable Care Act.

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Our Legacy

Kaiser Family Members Panel on Henry J. Kaiser and How the Foundation Reflects His Credo, “Find a Need and Fill It”

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Board of Trustees

There are currently 14 members on the Foundation’s board. 

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KFF Key Staff

View a list of key contacts from the Foundation’s staff. 

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Phone: (650) 854 9400 | Fax: (650) 854 4800



Washington Office & Barbara Jordan Conference Center

1330 G Street, NW | Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 347 5270 | Fax: (202) 347 5274

(One block west of Metro Center | Directions)

Contact Us

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | Phone 650-854-9400
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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, California.