Laurie Tisch says she grew up in a “family of generosity” where charitable giving was the norm. Strategic philanthropy, however, was neither mentioned nor practiced. She jokes that if her father, Preston Robert Tisch, who died in 2005, were to hear that she’d started a foundation, he would wonder why. “What are you talking about?” she imagines him saying. “Just write the check.” “My father and uncle were successful and gave where they wanted,” she says. “I’m doing it in a little different way.” She pauses for a moment and adds with a smile in her voice, “Much more time-consuming.”
Click here to read more about Laurie Tisch, who has forged a reputation as an innovative funder for social change in New York City. The profile is part of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Great Givers series, highlighting the inspiration, creativity and generosity of thoughtful philanthropists.