Our History

A collection of stories about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's landmark achievements.

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Emergency vehicle personnel pulling a patient on gurney from an ambulance.

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the most pressing health issues facing America.

Since our beginnings as a small community foundation, we've had the opportunity to help shape key efforts to improve the nation's health and health care—from the development of the 911 emergency call system to the improvement of care at the end of life.

Learn more about our history and about how we continue to evolve our grantmaking priorities to help everyone in our nation live a healthier life, now and for generations to come.

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Robert Wood Johnson

Our Founder

Robert Wood "General" Johnson's sense of personal responsibility toward society was expressed in the disposition of his own fortune. He left virtually all of it to the Foundation, creating one of the world's largest private philanthropies.

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Highlights from Our History

This video 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.

Highlights from Our History

This video 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.