The Transformation of the Kaiser Family Foundation: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 1991

Source: 
Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)

Date

2007

Case Study Sector

Health

Looking at the landscape of American health care, the trustees of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation came to feel that the Foundation’s assets alone were insufficient to achieve real impact in such a large system. As they charted a new course for the Foundation, the trustees recruited Dr. Drew Altman to serve as its president. Altman and the board came to perceive a very specific niche that was going unfilled in American health care. Despite the abundance of private and public interests opposing one another on a host of issues, there was no independent nonpartisan voice for the public as a whole. Kaiser’s leadership came to feel that, by providing high-quality nonpartisan research and analysis and by using effective communications strategies to disseminate this information, the Foundation might be able to upgrade the quality of the many debates constantly unfolding across the health care system.

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Keyword

  • Field Building
  • Strategy

Region

  • Northern America

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