Common Places. Common Causes. Uncommon Connections.

Working together so better health
can take root in our communities.

In November 2013, LFP grantees and funding partners gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the final LFP Annual Meeting and to celebrate 25 years of local partnerships. At the opening plenary session Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, described how Local Funding Partners has epitomized two core beliefs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: that the best solutions to national health issues grow locally and organically in communities across America and that we accomplish more when we collaborate with local funders and communities.

“By working together, we’ve discovered and spread opportunities that might have otherwise gone untapped. And, ultimately, together we have had far greater impact.” – Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Power of Partnership video
    Opening video from the 2013 Annual Meeting.

  • Jane Isaac Lowe's blog on 25 years of LFP grantmaking
    Posted on the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers website.
    Read Lowe's blog post.
  • Looking Back: LFP Milestones
    In 1987, RWJF's board authorized $8 million for Local Funding Partnerships (LFP), a 2-year trial of a new, broadly-focused matching grants program. LFP was the first RWJF program to source health problems and solutions directly from the affected communities, including immigrant and refugee populations. The program awarded more than 350 grantees in its 25 years of operation.
    Scroll down on linked page to view select milestones.
  • 2013 LFP Graduating Project Stories
    Stories and grantee project videos produced by the 2013 class of graduating projects.
    Read the stories --- Watch the videos.
  • Resources from annual meeting
    Presentations and handouts from the 2013 Annual Meeting.
    Click here to view available resources.


“…[this video] shows how, over 25 years – and truly across the map–we have worked together to change the world, one community at a time. It has been an extraordinary endeavor–a journey of discovery that has had a profound impact on the people and places that your collective work has touched.” – Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Grants funded 1988 to 2011

Since 1988, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships has awarded 369 grants in collaboration with 1,400 local grantmakers across the U.S. We go to where health starts, connecting health to how we live, learn, work and play.

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