The New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest health philanthropy, has announced that it will put an initial $5 million into efforts to aid families and communities disrupted by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The foundation's grant will be directed to the immediate needs of the victims, their families, and the affected communities. RWJF's efforts will be coordinated with those of other leading organizations, including the September 11 Fund, in order to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of its initial and subsequent contributions.
"While we can all see the immediate problems — the damage to bodies and buildings," said RWJF 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."