At A Glance
The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.
51 Madison Ave., 30th Fl.
New York, NY 10010-1603
Telephone: (212) 489-7700
Contact: Michael Gilligan, Pres.
Fax: (212) 581-9541
Type of Grantmaker
IRS Exemption Status
(yr. ended 12/31/07)
Total giving: $32,442,687
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Note: If a donor is deceased, the symbol (‡) follows the name.
Henry R. Luce‡
Clare Boothe Luce‡
Economic Crisis Information
While all current commitments will be fulfilled, the foundation expects a 40 percent reduction in
new grantmaking across all areas in 2009.
Incorporated in 1936 in NY.
Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., established the foundation as a
tribute to his parents, who were missionaries to China. Upon Luce's death in 1967, the
foundation became a major beneficiary of his estate and substantially expanded its activities on
both the national and international levels. A further bequest from the estate of Clare Boothe Luce
was received in 1988 to establish the Clare Boothe Luce Program.
Giving on a national and international basis; international activities limited to East and Southeast
No support for journalism, medical or media projects.
No grants to individuals (except for specially designated programs), or for endowments,
domestic building campaigns, general operating support, annual fund drives; no loans.
Purpose and Activities
Grants for specific projects in the broad areas of Asian affairs, American art, public policy and
the environment, theology, advancement of women in science and engineering, and higher
education. The Luce Scholars Program gives a select group of young Americans, not Asian
specialists, a year's work experience in East and Southeast Asia. Asia grants support the creation
of new scholarly and public resources on East and Southeast Asia as well as innovative cultural
and intellectual exchange between the Asia-Pacific and the United States. The Henry R. Luce
Professorship Program, which supports innovative programs at private colleges and universities,
no longer accepts proposals for new grants. The Clare Boothe Luce Program is designed to
enhance the careers of women in science and engineering through scholarships, fellowships, and
professorships at invited institutions. Funding in the arts focuses on research, scholarship and
exhibitions in American art; direct support for specific projects at major museums and service
organizations; dissertation support for topics in American art history through the American
Council of Learned Societies. Theology grants are made primarily to seminaries and divinity
schools for educational purposes. The Henry Luce III Theology Fellows Program is administered
through the Association of Theological Schools. Public Policy and the Environment grants are
made to support the study of critical issues and environmental training and research.
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
Clare Boothe Luce Program
Employee Matching Gifts
Henry R. Luce Professorship Program
Luce Scholars Program
Public Policy and the Environment
Fields of Interest
Types of Support
Employee matching gifts
Grants to individuals
Biennial report (including application guidelines)
Nominees for Luce Scholars Program accepted from invited institutions only; Clare Boothe Luce
Program by invitation to institutions only, individual applications cannot be considered;
American Art Program requires prior inquiry by Mar.1. Application form not required.
Initial approach: Letter
Copies of proposal: 1
Board meeting date(s): Mar., June and Nov.
Deadline(s): June 15, for American Art; 1st Mon. in Dec. for Luce Scholars nominations; all
others, no specific deadlines
Additional information: Receipt of grant proposals is acknowledged and interviews with
applicants may be arranged in the preliminary stage of the application process.
Officers and Directors
Note: An asterisk (*) following an individual's name indicates an officer who is also a trustee or
Margaret Boles Fitzgerald,* Chairperson
Michael Gilligan,* President
John P. Daley, Vice President, Finance and Admin. and Treasurer
Robert E. Armstrong, Director, Emeritus
Terrence B. Adamson
Mary Brown Bullock
John C. Evans
Claire L. Gaudiani
Kenneth T. Jackson
James T. Laney
H. Christopher Luce
Thomas L. Pulling
David V. Ragone
Number of Staff
11 full-time professional
9 full-time support
Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Philanthropy New York
Grantmakers In the Arts
Associations and Other Philanthropic Organizations
Council on Foundations
Year ended 12/31/07:
Assets: $894,843,061 (market value)
Total giving: $32,442,687
Qualifying distributions: $32,442,687
Giving activities include:
$32,442,687 for grants
Estimated financial data for year ending 12/31/08:
Additional Location Information
County: New York
Metropolitan area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Congressional district: New York District 14