Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Grantmaking and Collaboration in the State

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) honors the legacy of its founder and supports work to improve the health and lives of families in its home state of New Jersey. The amount of RWJF annual grantmaking in New Jersey is the highest in the state from any private foundation in the United States. From 2002 through the end of 2011, the Foundation invested more than $433 million in New Jersey—approximately 10 percent of all its grantmaking.

After 40 years, RWJF continues to support organizations in and around New Brunswick. The Foundation also supports capital construction and economic development in the state, provides core support to institutions, collaborates with community organizations and leaders to address specific health and health care needs, and brings to New Jersey effective models and best practices from its national grantmaking.

The report describes recent programs RWJF supports, and how RWJF’s grantmaking in New Jersey has become more strategic and collaborative in the last decade. Currently, grantmaking in New Jersey is divided into four main categories: legacy grants, out-of-program grants, New Jersey Health Initiatives, and programs in New Jersey based on the Foundation’s national priority areas.