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 nonprofit 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.


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.