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Luce Foundation, Henry - Claire Boothe Luce

Manager: Nicole Gadway
Priority: Open


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.


international affairs, public policy, environment, engineering/technology


Giving on a national and international basis; international activities limited to East and Southeast Asia.

No support for medical or healthcare projects.

No grants to individuals (except for specially designated programs), or for endowments, domestic building campaigns, annual fund drives; no loans.


Assets: $867,417,767 (market value)

Expenditures: $47,056,152

Total giving: $34,554,143

Qualifying distributions: $40,430,346

Giving activities include:

$33,549,708 for grants

$559,126 for grants to individuals

$445,309 employee matching gifts


  • $2,500,000 to Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2011. For Henry R. Luce Directors Fund
  • $540,000 to Tufts University, Medford, MA, in 2011. For a collaborative research project on religious claims, nationalism and human suffering
  • $500,000 to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, in 2011. To support the reinstallation of the American Paintings Collection
  • $500,000 to Villanova University, Villanova, PA, in 2011. For Clare Boothe Luce Professorships
  • $300,000 to Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC, in 2011. To strengthen and expand leadership development programs for college and university administrators
  • $300,000 to Seattle University, Seattle, WA, in 2011. To develop an educational model to prepare students for ministry in a religiously diverse world
  • $300,000 to Aspen Institute, Washington, DC, in 2011. To inform Members of Congress about international issues
  • $300,000 to Link Media, San Francisco, CA, in 2011. To support news, cultural and current affairs programming on East and Southeast Asia
  • $285,000 to Washington University, Saint Louis, MO, in 2011. To identify the relationships among learning styles of first-year students, attrition from the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and faculty teaching strategies