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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Restricted

BACKGROUND

Incorporated in 1936 in NJ; became a national philanthropy in 1972.

Founded by the late Robert Wood Johnson, who built the family firm, Johnson & Johnson, (which was founded by his father Robert Wood Johnson, I) into a worldwide health and medical care products company. Because of his service during World War II as a brigadier general in charge of the New York Ordnance District, people who knew him addressed him as the General. President Roosevelt appointed him as Vice Chairman of the War Production Board and Chairman of the Smaller War Plants Corporation. He endowed the foundation with a $1.2 billion bequest from his personal fortune. In 2014 the foundation announced that it will continue to work on issues it believes are key to the well-being of all Americans, but within its organization it will no longer divide its efforts into the silos of health and health care. Rather, all that it does will serve one goal: building a culture of health. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy's Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.

FIELDS OF INTEREST

aging, child development, health care, leadership development, medical school, nursing care, public health

LIMITATIONS

Giving primarily in the U.S.

No support for political organizations, international activities, programs or institutions concerned solely with specific chronic conditions or basic biomedical research.

No grants to individuals, or for ongoing general operating expenses, endowment funds, capital costs, including construction, renovation, or equipment, or research on unapproved drug therapies or devices, end-of-life care, long-term care or for physical activity for adults age 50 or older.

FINANCIAL DATA

Total giving: $337,561,658

Qualifying distributions: $447,151,675

Giving activities include:

$337,561,658 for 2839 grants (high: $7,029,911; low: $125)

$47,387,717 for foundation-administered programs

$7,603,787 for 4 loans/program-related investments

SELECTED GRANTS

  • $12,500,000 to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, in 2013. To help facilitate Rutgers University-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey integration currently under way
  • $10,458,985 to George Washington University, Washington, DC, in 2013. For technical assistance and direction for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Aligning Forces for Quality: Regional Market Project, national program designed to help communities across the country improve the quality of health care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression and heart disease
  • $10,000,000 to Enroll America, Washington, DC, in 2013. To match contributions to Enroll America in order to build the organization's capacity to enroll uninsured Americans in new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • $9,607,858 to American Heart Association, Dallas, TX, in 2013. To build and support infrastructure that will advance policies to address root causes of the childhood obesity epidemic
  • $7,360,551 to Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, in 2013. To provide grants and technical assistance to community coalitions to work toward high-quality, patient-centered and equitable care as part of evaluation of Aligning Forces for Quality: Regional Market Project, national program designed to help communities across the country improve the quality of health care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression and heart disease