The partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children isn’t new; they’ve been working together for around 20 years. To celebrate their continuing relationship, Johnson & Johnson recently presented Save the Children a $10 million gift at the organization’s second annual Illumination Gala.
The $10 million gift, which is being addressed as the company’s first “enterprise-wide” global partnership, will continue support for Save the Children’s mission to help children in need around the world. More specifically, Johnson & Johnson’s cash grants will support programs to help newborns survive and thrive.
A portion of the total $10 million in support also includes in-kind donations to support leadership and advocacy programs as well as education programs supporting the healthy development of infants and young children. Though this new partnership has a timeline of three years, Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children hopes that the “…new global partnership with Johnson & Johnson will help propel us forward over the next three years, and hopefully 20 beyond that.”
Over the years, the corporate funder has awarded cash grants and provided in-kind donations supporting Save the Children’s many missions to help children in need all around the world, including the Helping Babies Breathe campaign. Bringing local Ministries of Health into the mix, Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children embarked on a mission to decrease the number of annual infant deaths due to asphyxia at birth. The partnership trained workers and provided the necessary equipment to about 1,000 health care workers in Malawi and Uganda.
Helping Babies Breathe is a global campaign working in a dozen developing countries. Johnson & Johnson has partnered with other local Ministries of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics to further its mission.
The company also chose Save the Children as its beneficiary of its various marketing campaigns and gift-matching programs that took place during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Save the Children isn’t the only NGO with which J&J has an established relationship. The company has also partnered with big name organizations such as Mothers2Mothers, to help empower women living with HIV; the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, to support its work toward eliminating pediatric HIV; and Water.org, providing funding for its various WASH initiatives including its water credit program.
Awarding over $100 million in annual cash and in-kind donations toward global development and sexual and reproductive health causes, Johnson & Johnson remains a big, albeit quiet, funder in both giving spaces.