Award for Philanthrophy
Ed Johnson, a retired consultant and executive, and his wife Cindy have championed The Jackson Laboratory’s cause for decades. Their belief in the mission of The Jackson Laboratory is evident in all that they do and they have led by example through service and philanthropy.
Mr. Johnson joined The Jackson Laboratory’s Board of Governing Trustees in 1996 and became chair of the Development Committee in 1997. He served for more than a decade at a critical time in the growth of the Laboratory’s fundraising efforts. During his tenure, Mr. Johnson led the Laboratory in formalizing and expanding philanthropy. He was instrumental in the formation of a formal planned giving program and he helped establish a charitable gift annuity program.
Always leading by example, the Johnsons are founding members of the Society for Discovery and have named The Jackson Laboratory as beneficiary of numerous planned gifts. Mr. Johnson has emphasized the benefits of planned giving with tremendous dedication and enthusiasm. Under his leadership and cultivation, 57 founding members were inducted into the Society for Discovery and current membership exceeds 115 donors.
Beyond planned giving, the Johnsons are always among the first to donate to a new effort or fund. A businessman at heart, Mr. Johnson has always valued his investment in the Laboratory and has encouraged friends, family and acquaintances to join him. Through countless personal notes and phone calls, and by hosting events in Philadelphia and Blue Hill, the Johnsons have been steady voices for philanthropy and continue to be so today.