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.


New Arts & Mental Health program to serve communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Grants targeted to use the arts as a vehicle to address mental health challenges and to fight stigma that is a barrier to seeking help.


CSQ Magazine publishes Laurie Tisch’s “How Philanthropy Can Support Arts and Inspire Our Mental Health Recovery”

CSQ Magazine invited Laurie Tisch to reflect on philanthropy programs for frontline hospital workers, particularly to address mental health challenges that emerged during the pandemic.


Dr. Mitchell Katz receives the Aspen Institute’s 2021 Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership

The Award recognizes individuals who have had a positive impact on their communities who embody the broad Aspen Institute ideal of values-based leadership.


Hunger Free America honors the Illumination Fund, Senator Charles Schumer, and Tom Colicchio

The Illumination Fund joined Senator Charles Schumer and Tom Colicchio as honorees at Hunger Free America's annual benefit on November 13, 2021.


Ten new Community Murals at NYC Health + Hospitals!

The Community Murals project is designed to encourage creativity, lower stress, build trust and increase engagement between hospitals and members of their surrounding communities.


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.