Laurie M. Tisch: Perfecting the Art of Philanthropy

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Laurie M. Tisch: Perfecting the Art of Philanthropy

In the living room of her spacious Fifth Avenue apartment, Laurie M. Tisch is warm, engaged, and refreshingly down-to-earth.

On the walls are colorful selections from her collection of American works of art: Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Georgia O’Keeffe. An Alexander Calder mobile hangs above the coffee table. Tall windows offer a grand view of Central Park. Yet Tisch’s view goes far beyond that.

While her family is known as long-standing patrons of New York City, the dynamic 67-year-old philanthropic leader has forged her own distinct path, through a passionate commitment to creating opportunities for all residents—embracing Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and neighborhoods throughout New York, each with a diverse identity.

Indeed, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which she launched in 2008, will close 2018 by eclipsing $100M in donations to causes dedicated to improving access for all New Yorkers...

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