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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Profile

Last profile update: 01/05/2017
Last grant data update: 06/04/2016

At A Glance

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

College Rd. E. and Rte. 1, P.O. Box 2316

Princeton, NJ United States 08543-2316

Telephone: (877) 843-7953

URL: www.rwjf.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

EIN

226029397

BRIDGE Number

2202239463

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.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Its efforts focus on fostering environments that promote health and on improving how health care in America is delivered and paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families.