What We Do

At the Johnson Foundation, we tackle important challenges in order to create positive and lasting change that benefits our communities. Our ability to help solve difficult problems stems from a unique convening model that brings together the right people at the right time in a gracious, five-star hospitality setting, which nurtures creativity and collaboration. We call it convening for impact, and over the years, we’ve seen this model yield extraordinary results.

The Foundation has been a catalyst for lasting change in a variety of areas. We played an instrumental role in conceiving the National Endowment for the Arts, National Public Radio, and the International Criminal Court. From 2008 to 2014, the Foundation developed a groundbreaking national dialogue on freshwater challenges and solutions called Charting New Waters. More recently, our work centers on being a trusted resource to our partners who are focused on creating more resilient communities in Racine, southeastern Wisconsin and across the country.

This includes partnering with a variety of organizations to form the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health to design and implement a plan to improve the mental health of Racine’s youth. The Foundation also helped launch the Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes, a coordinated approach to reduce African American infant mortality in Racine.

Recently, the Foundation is exploring an opportunity to enhance greater coordination among local governmental entities. This initiative on intergovernmental cooperation is a multi-stakeholder effort dedicated to improving our quality of life, driving economic vitality and ensuring long-term success for all of our communities within Greater Racine.

Throughout all of our work, one constant remains true: We know that problems can only be solved when diverse partners share their ideas, concerns and commitments in a way that leads to real understanding and positive change. We strive to be the catalyst for that change.  

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.