Public Policy

Public Policy

Program Aims

The Luce Foundation currently provides limited funding for Public Policy projects. Grants in this area often reflect the interests of our founder, Henry R. Luce, who actively encouraged the development of public leadership.

Grants have supported orientation programs for new members of Congress, the study of the Presidency, and analysis of the judicial system. Each year the Luce Foundation approves several Public Policy grants to organizations that promote best practices in and knowledge about philanthropy.

Public Policy Grants by the Numbers - 2023

Grants Made14
Median Grant$97,693
Total Funding$1.4M

Recent Grants

Continuing support for Afghan scholars at risk
Scholars at Risk|New York, New York, United States
2023Public Policy$200,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To ensure the integrity of K-12 history curricula
American Historical Association|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2023Public Policy$300,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Continued support for Freedom of Speech and Inquiry work
PEN America|New York, New York, United States
2023Public Policy$100,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
IIE Scholar Rescue Fund
Institute of International Education|New York, New York, United States
2023Public Policy$200,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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Program Administrators

Vice President: Sean Buffington
Sean Buffington

Prior to joining the Luce Foundation in 2015, Sean served as President of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. During his tenure, the University developed and introduced an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum, launched a number of new degrees, and established a program for creative entrepreneurs. Before moving to Philadelphia, Sean was a senior administrator at Harvard University, initially overseeing inter-faculty initiatives in neuroscience, health policy and environmental studies on behalf of the Provost, and then managing Harvard's arts and culture activities as Associate Provost. Sean received the A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and an M.A. in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Image: Students participate in a policy simulation at the U.S. Department of State's U.S. Diplomacy Center. © Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)
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Recent News and Announcements

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March 24, 2023Grantee NewsIdeas & Reflections
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July 9, 2022Foundation News
$12M to Fund Community-Engaged Collaborations, Leadership Development, and Educational Resources
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June 2, 2022Foundation NewsIdeas & Reflections
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