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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.

In 2008, the Illumination Fund made Service one of its first focus areas. LMTIF has made grants of approximately $4 million for service-related organizations and initiatives. The programs grew organically, but the evolution and sequence can be considered as three phases: Phase 1) National Policy...

The NYC Green Cart initiative, a partnership with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was an innovative model that used mobile vending to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables in targeted neighborhoods.

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.

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 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. 

To support organizations utilizing the arts to address health issues that impact New York communities, including mental health stigma, trauma, and aging-related diseases.

The Illumination Fund funded the launch and growth of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) NYC Green Cart Initiative in 2008 with a leadership grant of $1.5 million to increase the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods where access is a challenge and there are high rates of diet-related diseases. The goals of the NYC Green Cart Initiative, a bold blend of public policy, private philanthropy and grassroots entrepreneurship, are to increase access to healthy food and to create jobs.

The New York Times showcased Laurie Tisch’s commitment to the visual arts in a special profile in its Art & Design column. In addition to sharing her love of modern and contemporary American artists, which has been inspired by her role as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the article also highlighted her decades of leadership in arts education. She gave shout-outs to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Center for Arts Education, where she was the founding board chair, and she emphasized the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund’s focus in New York City.