The Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) marked the Foundation’s 40th anniversary last week by approving up to $425 million in grantmaking during 2013. Funding will be focused in three interrelated areas: increasing efforts that help people stay healthy; lowering national health care costs; and improving access to high-quality care, delivered by a diverse and abundant workforce.
Since its inception in 1972, the Foundation has awarded more than $9 billion in grants, with grantees located throughout the country. Work supported by the Foundation in previous decades directly contributed to forging the nation’s 911 emergency system, the landmark Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, dramatic reductions in the use of tobacco products, and changed perceptions about options such as hospice care at the end of life.
“Whatever issues are the most vexing—responding to AIDS, an unprecedented shortage of nurses, millions of children being uninsured, astounding racial inequalities in health care—these are the issues we’ve taken on,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “We cannot accept our responsibility as America’s largest health care philanthropy if we run from the toughest problems.”
A new, interactive timeline charts RWJF’s progress from a community-based foundation to the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on improving the health and health care of all Americans.