The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation began as a small community foundation. Over the course of our history, we've had the opportunity to help shape key efforts to improve the nation's health and health care, ranging from the development of the 911 emergency call system to the improvement of care at the end of life.

Learn more about our beginnings and about how we cointinue to evolve our grantmaking priorities to help Americans to live healthier lives, now and for generations to come.

Highlights

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Care at the End of Life

Until relatively recently, care of the dying was often costly, ineffective and painful. Our persistent efforts brought about a sea change in end-of-life care.  

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Taking on Tobacco

The path was fraught with peril, but the Foundation embraced the risky effort to save lives lost to tobacco use, and in so doing became a major force for change.

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Planting the Seeds of 911

When disaster struck the Gulf states, we had the pleasure of watching our early commitment to emergency communications bear fruit.

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Highlights From Our History

Highlights From Our History

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    This series documents many of the key programs and projects through which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to effect and influence meaningful social change. Click on the Playlist button (fourth icon from the right in the lower right-hand corner of the screen) to see all of the videos.

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Highlights From Our History

This series documents many of the key programs and projects through which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to effect and influence meaningful social change. 

This series documents many of the key programs and projects through which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to effect and influence meaningful social change. Click on the Playlist button (fourth icon from the right in the lower right-hand corner of the screen) to see all of the videos.

Highlights From Our History

This series documents many of the key programs and projects through which the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to effect and influence meaningful social change. 

Original Headquarters

First Headquarters, New Brunswick, N.J.

 

RWJF Anthology Series

We support a biennial book series to disseminate what we have learned from various aspects of our grantmaking.

This chapter, RWJF: The Early Years, recounts the early years of the Foundation.  

See all RWJF Anthologies