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.


Watch a 5-borough virtual tour of the Community Murals Project hosted by Untapped New York

On Jan 12th, Untapped New York’s Insiders featured a virtual tour of the New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project and an inside look at H+H’s art collection, a New York jewel that includes more than 3,000 works located throughout the City’s public hospital system.


Theater of War Frontline opens healing, constructive dialogue to healthcare workers struggling with the toll of the COVID pandemic

The Theater of War Frontline NYC series fosters connection, community, moral resilience, and positive action for healthcare workers struggling with the emotional toll of COVID.


NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund releases report, "Resilience & Resolve"

Jan 7, 2021: New York Community Trust releases “Resilience & Resolve,” a report detailing the scope and impact of the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, a historic collaboration that distributed more than $110 million in grants and loans to nearly 800 nonprofits. The Illumination Fund was one of the founding donors, which included Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the Trust and more.


NYC Health + Hospitals launches website using documentary photos and videos to share stories from the frontline

COVID-19 Health Care Heroes features compelling stories, photos, and videos from employees throughout the system, and key statistics highlighting what makes NYC Health + Hospitals a national leader in the pandemic response.


Sustaining NYC’s Immigrant Arts Ecosystem Through Crisis and Beyond

New report by the Center for an Urban Future, supported by the Illumination Fund along with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and New York Community Trust, provides a new level of detail on the landscape of immigrant arts in New York City— and what’s needed to sustain immigrant arts com­munities across the five boroughs.


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.



Healthy Food & Community Change

Healthy Food & Community Change was a five-year, $15 million commitment launched in 2013 to catalyze healthy food initiatives across New York City by supporting high-impact strategies to increase access, availability, affordability, and knowledge of healthy foods and promote healthy choices.