Who we are reflects the passions and values of the Johnson Family. Three generations of this family, with strong midwestern roots, have guided our work. Their enduring commitment to a better world drives our vision.
Our legacy spans 60+ years. Completed in 1939, The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Johnson family home, known as Wingspread, is nestled amid 36 wooded acres near the western shore of Lake Michigan. Built for H.F. Johnson Jr, president of SC Johnson, it was donated to the Foundation in 1959 to promote “the free exchange of constructive and purposeful ideas.” The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread is unique among conference facilities. Our combination of focused mission, historic and stimulating natural setting, and proven convening model set us apart.