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.


Enjoy the latest round of Community Murals in our partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals!

The Community Murals Project is a flagship of the public hospital system’s Arts in Medicine program, which seeks to foster the emotional well-being, promote healing, wellness, and engagement of patients, families, employees, and the greater health system’s community by integrating all disciplines of the arts such as literary, visual and performing arts throughout the public hospital system.


Who knew Frances McDormand rocks Greek tragedies?

Join Theater of War Frontline NYC online with live discussion with frontline medical providers November 19, 2020, 7pm


COVID-19: Our commitment

“This is a time of unprecedented need. Our most vulnerable populations are impacted by the pandemic more severely than others. It is imperative that philanthropic organizations take immediate action to meet this challenge. From its inception, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund has stepped up...


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.