LBJ Foundation

Established by President and Mrs. Johnson in 1969, the LBJ Foundation is a non-profit organization comprised of a board of trustees and administrative staff that supports the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

The LBJ Presidential Library, operated under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration, maintains the archive of President Johnson’s administration and political career and promotes his legacy while providing, in his words, “a springboard for the future” through public programming aimed at addressing the issues of our times. The Foundation provides support for the Library by enhancing educational outreach and museum exhibits, administering grants for researchers and scholars, and directing public programming.

The LBJ School of Public Affairs embodies President Johnson’s living legacy by nurturing leaders and public servants in the hopes that they will pursue what he called “the oldest most basic mission of our country: to right wrong; to do justice; to serve man.” The Foundation provides financial support for the school for the outstanding education it offers its graduate students in public policy and government affairs, community outreach, and global initiatives.

These three institutions, all bearing our thirty-sixth President’s name, preserve his consequential legacy while pursuing his hopeful vision for the future.

A nighttime view of the LBJ Library from the LBJ lawn.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees governs the fiduciary responsibilities of The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and works to maintain the mission and legacies of President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson.
Harry Middleton and Lyndon B. Johnson


Established in 1969 as the Health, Education and Conservation (HEC) Foundation soon after President Johnson left the White House, the Foundation was renamed in 1973 but has remained the primary support for the educational and historical work of the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, receives the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award from Lynda Johnson Robb, left, and Luci Baines Johnson at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2020. Photo by Jay Godwin #JG7_9453.


The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award and the Lady Bird Johnson Environmental Award recognize and honor those who carry on the legacies of President Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson and their commitment to provide
opportunity for all.
LBJ students on plaza.


The LBJ Foundation offers financial assistance to perform research in disciplines and initiatives that shaped the presidency of President Johnson and help realize President Johnson’s vision of a great society.
L-R: Andy Biemillier (Legislative Director, AFL-CIO), Texas State Senator Barbara Jordan, John Doar (Civil Rights Division, Dept. of Justice).

Lectureships & Endowments

President Johnson’s legacy of transformational progress continues by supporting scholarship and citizenship initiatives and lectureships of some of the great thinkers and policy makers of our time.
Plenary session, portion of U.S. delegation (L-R): U. Alexis Johnson (leaning back), Amb. Henry Cabot Lodge, Gen. Earle Wheeler, Sec. Orville Freeman, Sec. Dean Rusk, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Sec. Robert McNamara, Sec. John Gardner, Leonard Marks Location:


Administration of the LBJ Foundation’s mission.
LBJ and Ladybird walking among wildflowers

Plan Your Legacy

At the LBJ Foundation, planned giving ensures we can sustain our programs for generations. From bequests to charitable trusts, we're committed to finding the arrangement that best meets your needs.
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library.

Ways to Give

Your contribution to the LBJ Foundation provides support for the programs and educational activities that make the LBJ Library and LBJ School centers for intellectual activity and community leadership. There are a number of ways to make your gift.
The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.

Contact Us & Staff

To learn more about the Foundation and how to support the efforts of the Library and the school, please explore this website or contact us.

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose. I am resolved that we shall win the tomorrows before us."

President Lyndon B. Johnson
Thanksgiving Address, 1963
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Friends of the LBJ Library

When you become a member of the Friends of the LBJ Library, you'll be making an important contribution to the library's mission -- and to our community. You will also get special access to events.