Revolution Foods and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund Bring Together Food Leaders

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund hosted a convening of 24 dynamic leaders and thinkers on issues related to healthy food access and education. Led by Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Tobey, Ashoka fellows and co-founders of the innovative social enterprise Revolution Foods, the discussion illuminated ideas about using entrepreneurship and creative financing to build a scalable social venture in the school food arena. The conversation was a springboard for new partnerships and brainstorms, and it empowered all in the room to think about the school food space from different perspectives.

Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels Receive Inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health

Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab today announced that the Union Settlement Association and Dr. Melony Samuels of Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger are the recipients of the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. The newly established prize, which will be presented June 22nd at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, will be administered by the Hunter College Foundation and is earmarked for a not-for-profit organization and individual for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.

Read the full press release for further details.

The Aspen Institute hosts Wendy Kopp and John Merrow

“The Aspen Leadership Series: Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch” featured Teach For America Founder and CEO, Wendy Kopp in conversation with John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters. The discussion, “Education, Leadership, and America’s Future: A Conversation with Teach for America Founder Wendy Kopp,” touched on everything from the realities of comprehensive reform for America’s public education system, to standardized testing in America. The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. See a clip from the event.

Laurie M. Tisch honored at generationOn’s 2011 Art of Giving benefit

On May 26, 2011, Laurie M. Tisch was honored by generationOn at the 2011 Art of Giving benefit along with Brian Goldner, President and CEO, Hasbro, Inc, Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee, and six extraordinary young leaders from across the country who were presented with the Hasbro Community Action Hero award. The event raised over $920,000 for generationOn, the youth division of the Points of Light Institute, which seeks to inspire, equip and mobilize young people to take action that changes the world and themselves through service. For more information about generationOn, please visit

Laurie M. Tisch and Cory Booker

Laurie M. Tisch and Newark Mayor Cory Booker were featured at generationOn’s 2011 Art of Giving benefit.

Echoing Green Launches Work on Purpose

Echoing Green’s Senior Vice President, Lara Galinky, and writer Kelly Nuxoll teamed up to author Work on Purpose, a book that tellsl the stories of five changemakers and their paths to success. Work on Purpose uses real-life stories of professionals’ journeys from personal struggle and uncertainty to significance and success by developing careers with purpose. The event featured conversations with the author and the changemakers featured in the new book.

MCNY Opens Moveable Feast, an Aperture Photography Exhibit

The Museum of the City of New York held an opening reception to kick off Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program, a photography exhibit ongoing through July 10, 2011. The exhibit features the works of five photographers supported by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and commissioned by the Aperture Foundation, who chronicled the NYC Green Cart program for a year. Laurie M. Tisch joined Susan Henshaw Jones of MCNY, Elliot Marcus of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Chris Boot of Aperture in sharing a few remarks at the reception. Sean Corcoran of the MCNY and Denise Wolff of Aperture are co-curators of the exhibit.


Illumination Fund Launches NYC Green Cart Cookbook

The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund unveiled a cookbook, which features healthy recipes using ingredients found on NYC Green Carts, at a reception with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Elliot Marcus and chef and restaurant owner Marcus Samuelsson. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, submitted forwards for the charity cookbook funded by the Illumination Fund, which features 26 recipes donated by renowned chefs, New York City institutions, initiative partners and Green Cart vendors. The hors d’oeuvres for the evening were inspired by the cookbook recipes, and fruit from Mohammed Islam’s Green Cart on West 125th Street was enjoyed by attendees.

Cookbooks are available for free at local Green Carts and are also available for download.

Other Cities Eye Green Carts

Every philanthropist dreams of financing a model program that proves so successful that others want to replicate it.

But Laurie M. Tisch had no idea that she would pave the way for other cities when she offered to donate $250,000 to help get a New York nutrition program off the ground.

Almost two years and $1.5 million later, the NYC Green Carts program is attracting attention from other philanthropists and food organizations. Even the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation considered it as a potential economic stimulus program in Philadelphia.


Go Go Green Carts






The Carts can be seen all over the city, from busy street corners to the sidewalks beneath elevated subway tracks. Some are sponsored by the likes of Home Depot and other retailers, according to the beach umbrella that inevitably shelters vendors from the sun. However, the main impetus behind them is New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), which established the Green Cart program in 2008 in an effort to produce in some city neighborhoods.

Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, the Green Cart Initiative provides micro-loans and technical assistance to Green Cart operators who must have a valid mobile food vending license and a permit for the cart. Operators also get help with branding, marketing and community outreach to attract customers. The initiative is part of a public-private effort to improve access to healthy foods through the creation of 1,000 new street vending permits.


Tang’s Tenth Anniversary Luncheon is a Time for Reflection

The Saturday celebration at the Tang included the dedication of the museum’s newest named space, the Illumination Gallery, named in honor the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. The gallery is a “bridge” on the Tang’s second floor that overlooks the atrium and the entrance to the Wachenheim Gallery below.

The Illumination Fund recently awarded Skidmore a grant of $1.2 million in support of the Tang’s museum-based learning program. The grant virtually fulfilled a three-to-one matching grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, guaranteeing that the College would achieve the $4.8 million endowment needed to ensure the continuance of key components already in process at the Tang.