Current Programs

Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch, the Illumination Fund plays an active role in supporting innovative approaches across a range of issues—ensuring that arts and arts education are accessible to all, promoting health, and creating opportunities for civic engagement. The Illumination Fund focuses its support on New York City.


Hunter College Names 2023 Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize Winners

The Prize Honors Nonprofits and Individuals for Excellence in Urban Public Health


Healing Walls: New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project 2019-2021 — Book now available

100% of sales of Healing Walls will benefit NYC Health + Hospitals Arts in Medicine programs


Common Threads Project: Exhibit extended to September 2023

"Please tell our story. We want the world to know.” (Story cloth circle participant)


Sirius FM: Dr. Caren Behar interviews Laurie Tisch on Doctor Radio

Listen to the January 5, 2023 chat between Dr. Caren Behar and Laurie Tisch on Sirius FM's Doctor Radio,


New Program, RSVP, Introduces the Arts to Newly Arrived Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Seeking Humanitarian Protection

Dec, 20, 2022: Terra Firma launches RSVP, an arts engagement program for unaccompanied immigrant youth to facilitate acculturation in New York City


Healthy Food & Community Change

Building on previous giving to healthy food initiatives such as the NYC Green Carts, in 2013 the Illumination Fund launched its Healthy Food & Community Change initiative, a $15 million, 5-year commitment in New York City.



Arts in Health

In 2018 the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund launched Arts in Health, a $10-million multi-year initiative to support organizations working on health issues that impact New York communities and that utilize the arts as a tool for healing. The Fund is supporting the expansion of programs that work at this intersection, with special attention to increasing access for underserved communities and addressing disparities.




In 2008, the Illumination Fund made Service one of its first focus areas. The Illumination Fund has made grants of approximately $4 million for service-related organizations and initiatives. The Illumination Fund’s Service initiatives included support for a national mobilization and infrastructure, and multiple initiatives in New York City in partnership with City agencies and nonprofits.