History and Mission

“Since we began in 1991, our goal has been to build an institution that plays a special role as a trusted source of information in a health care world dominated by vested interests. That institution-building process continues today.”

– Drew Altman, Ph.D. President and CEO

One of Henry Kaiser’s favorite sayings was “find a need and fill it,” and that’s what KFF has tried to do.  While the original KFF was established in 1948, it is in a sense a relatively young organization. Under the leadership of CEO Drew Altman, KFF was completely remade and a new organization was established from the ground up beginning in 1991, with the mission, staff expertise, programs, legal status and operating style it is known for today.

KFF’s Trustees — including former policymakers and leaders from business, academia, and the non-profit community — serve a maximum of two five-year terms. KFF is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.  KFF operates primarily with funds earned from managing its own endowment, augmented by support provided by external funders.