75th Anniversary Initiative
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 75th Anniversary Initiative

First Grant: Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

The Luce Foundation’s Directors have awarded the 75th anniversary initiative’s first grant to Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Our grant of $2.5 million responds to President Richard Levin’s vision when the Jackson Institute was created two years ago “to go beyond traditional models of professional training to prepare students for service and leadership in an interconnected world.”

   (Michael Marsland / Yale University)

Marking 75 years of philanthropy, we return to Yale, our founder’s alma mater and the recipient of his earliest personal gifts. We recognize Henry R. Luce’s legacy, our foundation’s long relationship with the University and our shared commitment to increasing Americans’ global understanding. Complementing the Jackson family’s landmark gift to establish the Institute, our grant will allow the Institute’s director to take advantage of strategic opportunities to inspire and prepare global citizens.

In announcing the grant, President Rick Levin said, “Time and again - at pivotal moments - the Luce Foundation has stepped forward to invest in Yale in ways that have inspired some of our most innovative and far-reaching initiatives. I am grateful to the Luce Foundation for this significant commitment to the Jackson Institute, and I fully expect that its long-term impact will equal that of Luce’s most noteworthy contributions.”

   (Michael Marsland / Yale University)

The Luce Foundation’s support will enhance three of the Jackson Institute’s principal activities, allowing the director to increase the number of Senior Fellows, chosen each year to enhance Yale’s remarkable faculty; to augment scholarship resources, particularly for incoming graduate students who have recently completed military or humanitarian service; and to expand undergraduate capstone projects. Our grant provides $1 million for the first three years of this work, and $1.5 million to be treated as endowment for scholarships and faculty appointments beyond the initial period.

“A gift of this timing, flexibility, and magnitude is phenomenal,” said James Levinsohn, Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and Charles W. Goodyear Professor in Global Affairs. “It comes just as several programs at Jackson are getting started, its configuration allows the Institute to make the most of opportunities as they arise, and the magnitude affords us the chance to make some very significant investments in new programs and student recruitment.”

Second Grant: The Whitney Museum of American Art

The Luce Foundation's Directors have awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to support the installation of works from the Museum’s renowned permanent collection in its new building downtown. The Museum’s new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and currently under construction in the Meatpacking district, is projected to open in 2015.

   (The Whitney Museum's New Building Project)

In a press release, Adam D. Weinberg, the Museum's Alice Pratt Brown Director, called the grant "a tremendous vote of confidence." With three times more gallery space than the Whitney's current building, the new location will "enable us to increase the size and scope of all our exhibitions and programming and in particular will fulfill our dream of showing a far more comprehensive view of the Whitney’s unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art," Weinberg said.

Furthering the Luce Foundation's goal of advancing the study of American art through exhibitions, catalogues, archival projects, digitization, and the like, this 75th anniversary grant salutes the Whitney’s steadfast commitment to increasing access to the richness of American art.

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