James Tisch comes from a family of charitable givers. During his lifetime, his father Lawrence Tisch made major contributions to the following institutions: NYU Medical Center, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, with his generous $4.5 million, the Tisch Children’s Zoo in Central Park was constructed.
His son James Tisch has continued this legacy of giving. Together with his wife Merryl, the James S. and Merryl H. Tisch Foundation Inc. was established in 1992. Tisch’s primary causes for his charitable endeavors includes: arts, health associations, children and youth services, social services and Jewish organizations. As such in 2004, together with Meryl, he set up the Laurence A. Tisch Professorship in Social Sciences at Harvard.
In terms of enhancing health organizations and providing much needed funds to fight diseases, The Tisch Center was constructed in 2008 with a generous donation from James Tisch and wife Merryl of $40 million. This is a “state-of-the-art, patient-oriented comprehensive cancer care and research facility,” located at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.