This first grant will be directed to the immediate needs of the victims, their families, and the affected communities. The Foundation's efforts will be coordinated with those of other leading organizations--like the September 11th Fund being established by the United Way and the New York Community Trust--in order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of this and our subsequent contributions.
"While we can all see the immediate problems--the damage to bodies and buildings," says Foundation president Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., "the Foundation is interested in helping to heal people's spirits, too. That may take more time. In the longer term, we anticipate working with a broad group of leaders on efforts to meet the challenge terrorism poses for our country."
Foundation grantees also are making available resources to help families and communities recover. Partnership for Caring, www.partnershipforcaring.org, will have new materials on coping with grief on its Web site early next week. Its project, Finding Our Way, www.findingourway.net, a 15-week newspaper series being distributed free to newspapers nationwide by the Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service, has lifted its embargoes so that local newspapers and community organizations can immediately gain access to authoritative articles on unexpected violence and death, coping with death, and living with loss. (Newspapers can download these articles at www.krtdirect.com.)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. It concentrates its grantmaking in four goal areas: to assure that all Americans have access to basic health care at reasonable cost; to improve care and support for people with chronic health conditions; to promote healthy communities and lifestyles; and to reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse -- tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs.