Public Policy

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Recent Grants
Public Policy

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.

Examples of Public Policy grants are listed under Recent Grants. Inquiries and proposals can be submitted at any time, and grants are determined by the Board of Directors, which meets three times a year. Requests for new support should be directed to the Director of Policy Initiatives.

Between 2000 and 2007, a special initiative to enhance research on the environment distributed $30 million in grants to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations. Information on this initiative is available in our archives.

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Director of Policy Initiatives: Dr. Toby Alice VolkmanPrior to joining the Luce Foundation, Toby worked as Director of Special Projects at the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program in New York. She has also served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation, where she developed and managed an initiative (“Crossing Borders”) to revitalize the field of area studies; as director of the South and Southeast Asia Programs at the Social Science Research Council; and as deputy provost at the New School. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago.

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