Frequently Asked Questions

Who donates to the Group Health Foundation?
More than 6,000 donors contribute to the Foundation, including patients, staff, corporations, foundations, and charitable organizations. For many members, it's a way of saying thanks for the good care received at Group Health. Group Health Cooperative pays our operating support as part of its social mission.

How much of my gift goes directly to charitable programs and how much to fundraising and other operating expenses?
According to our 2012 IRS 990 filing, we spent 90 percent on charitable programs and 10 percent on fundraising and management.

Is my gift to the Group Health Foundation tax deductible?
Yes, to the extent allowable by law. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 91-1246278.

How are donations used?
Donors may designate their gifts to our Critical and Emergent Needs Fund, to our general endowment, or to gift funds that serve specific programs or departments. Donors who contribute $50,000 or more can create an endowed fund that will generate income for a program in perpetuity.

By policy, we deposit unrestricted gifts (those not directed by a donor to a specific program) into our Critical and Emergent Needs Fund, which we use to help meet the most urgent and compelling needs of Group Health members and the community.

Why would I contribute to the Foundation of a health plan? Don't all your programs support Group Health?
Group Health offers more than health coverage — it also provides health care services to the majority of its members. The Group Health Foundation is not a traditional health care foundation that exclusively supports its parent organization. It is a statewide foundation that's committed to the good health of children and teens and healthy communities in Washington state. In fact, we award about $500,000 a year in community grants and operate school health programs across the state.

My health care premiums are expensive enough; I can't afford to pay for charity.
Our programs are funded through private donations, grants, and contracts. Group Health Cooperative pays a portion of our overhead as part of its social mission. Each year, thousands of donors send gifts to us in thanks for the expert care they received at Group Health.

What is the Foundation's privacy policy?
Group Health and Group Health Foundation respect your privacy. We protect your personal information and adhere to all legislative requirements with respect to privacy. We do not rent, sell, or trade our mailing lists. We use your personal information to keep you informed and up to date on the activities of our foundation, including programs, services, special events, funding needs, where your dollars are used, opportunities to volunteer or give, and for periodic contacts.

If at any time you wish to be removed from any of these activities, contact us at foundation.ghc@ghc.org or 206-448-7330 and we will gladly accommodate your request.

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