The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and the nation’s largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey since 1972.
Key New Jersey Facts
- RWJF is the largest private foundation in New Jersey, with a 40-year track record of commitment to the state.
- Since 1972, RWJF has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey.
- From 2002 through the end of 2011, the Foundation invested more than $433 million in New Jersey—approximately 10 percent of all its grantmaking.
- Currently RWJF supports more than $100 million in active multiyear grants statewide.
- RWJF is deeply committed to addressing the long-term health impacts of Hurricane Sandy, as evidenced by its $5 million commitment to relief.
- RWJF has approximately 280 employees, 80 percent of whom live in New Jersey.
- The 190,000 square-foot RWJF headquarters is located in Princeton, NJ and was awarded the Energy Star from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in recognition of superior energy performance.
Areas of Focus in New Jersey
- Childhood obesity and children’s health
- Hurricane Sandy relief—with an emphasis on issues related to mental health
- Access to health care coverage
- Promotion of quality nursing education
- Support to New Jersey educational, research, and healthcare institutions
- Healthy communities
- Economic and community development, especially in New Brunswick
Major New Jersey Grantees
- Mental Health Association in New Jersey
- United Way of Northern New Jersey
- New Jersey Health Initiatives
- New Jersey Nursing Initiative
- New Jersey YMCA State Alliance (operating New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids)
- NJ TV (New Jersey Public Television)
- Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs
- Rowan University
- Rutgers University*
- Center for State Health Policy
- College of Nursing
- Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
*RWJF has a deep commitment to supporting New Jersey educational and health care institutions, which are vital to the state’s economy and the health and well-being of its residents, especially the most vulnerable. The Foundation has a particularly long and in-depth partnership with Rutgers and UMDNJ and believes their integration holds the promise of transforming Rutgers into a premier research and academic institution.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issue Experts
As the leading philanthropy in the United States dedicated to improving the health of all Americans, RWJF has a number of resident experts on key health and health care issues of interest to the media. Members of the New Jersey media interested in contacting these RWJF staff should contact one of the New Jersey communications leads in the right column of this page.
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO
John R. Lumpkin, senior vice president and director, Targeted Teams
Ginny L. Ehrlich, director, Childhood Obesity
Katherine Hempstead, director, Health Care Coverage
John R. Lumpkin
Andrew D. Hyman , senior program officer, Health Care Coverage
James S. Marks. senior vice president and director, Program Portfolios
Donald F. Schwarz, director, Catalyzing Demand for Health Places and Practices
Anne Weiss, director, Value
John R. Lumpkin
John R. Lumpkin
Jasmine N. Hall Ratliff, program officer, Childhood Obesity
New Jersey Culture of Health Forums
In late 2013, RWJF launched a New Jersey Culture of Health Forum series of high-level public discussions on key health-related issues affecting the Garden State. Information on the topic and location for the next Forum will be posted at www.rwjf.org/nj.
NJ Communications & Media Relations Contact
Chris Clayton, communications associate, RWJF