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Henry Luce Foundation


Last profile update: 05/23/2017
Last grant data update: 09/26/2017

At A Glance

Henry Luce Foundation

51 Madison Ave

New York City, NY United States 10010-1603

Telephone: (212) 489-7700


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Incorporated in 1936 in NY - Founded by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., who 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

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 grants are to support the development of public leadership and to promote best practices in philanthropy, and the Environment grants are made to support the study of critical issues and environmental training and research.