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RWJF 40th Anniversary Release

RWJF 40th Anniversary Release

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christine ClaytonOctober 31, 2012 (609) 627-5759
ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION MARKS 40 YEARS;BOARD APPROVES OVER $400 MILLION FOR IMPROVING HEALTH IN 2013
Curbing tobacco use, combating childhood obesity, developing 911 system among successes from $9 billion in grantmaking over 40 years 
Princeton, NJ
The board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
, the nation’s largest 
philanthropy focused exclusively on improving U.S. health and health care, marked its 40
th
anniversarylast week by approving up to $425 million in grantmaking during 2013. Funding will be focused in threeinterrelated 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.RWJF intends to award funds in 2013 to hundreds of organizations working to improve health nationallyand in dozens of targeted communities. Since its inception in 1972, the Foundation has awarded morethan $9 billion in grants, with grantees located throughout the country.
“Robert Wood Johnson’s legacy is one of tremendous service an
d incredible foresight in addressing the
most pressing challenges facing the health of all Americans,” said former New Jersey Governor Thomas
Kean, chairman
of RWJF’s board of trustees. “Decades after he made plans for his foundation’s work, we
remain
firmly rooted as one of the nation’s
most reliable, responsive and enduring social institutions. I
believe we’re doing exactly what both the public and private sector needs us to do to improve health andhealth care in America.”
 
RWJF’s contributions to U.
S. health care are vast. 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, andchanged 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 ourresponsibility as America’s largest health care philanthropy if we run from the toughest problems.”
 RWJF was formed in 1972 after the death of Robert Wood Johnson II, former chairman of Johnson &Johnson. Its initial funding was roughly $1.2 billion. Today RWJF has an endowment of roughly $9 billion.Due to prudent financial management, the F
oundation enjoys the same ‘buying power’ in 2012 as it did at 
its inception.-more-

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