“Every place we are should be a better place because we are there.”
– Samuel C. Johnson


Our mission is to be a catalyst for positive and lasting change leading to healthier environments and communities.


The community issues we choose to tackle serve as a microcosm of the challenges facing the nation as a whole. Committed, informed leaders and active citizens engage in constructive dialogue to craft local solutions that can have national implications.

Good mental health is essential to fulfilling and productive life. The Johnson Foundation’s Community Program convened the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health after undertaking a six-month research project to more fully explore the issue of children’s mental health. The project resulted in a report: “Top of Mind: Children’s Mental Health in Racine – Highlighting facts and uncovering urgent needs.”

The Community Program has also convened a public-private partnership of local early childhood educators to help ensure 4-K students are prepared for success in school. The School Readiness Coalition has developed a method and means for monitoring a child’s progress in school in order to improve early childhood education and ensure a child’s likelihood of success as an adult.

Focus on the soaring crisis of African American infant mortality in Racine and the nation led the Community Program to mobilize The Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes, which developed and is implementing a five-year plan to cut these mortality rates in half.

The Johnson Foundation hosts meetings and conferences as well as informational briefings and selective community events to benefit local non-profit organizations. Conference guidelines detail criteria used to determine meeting topics and partners.