Luminous Endowment Granted Charitable Status

October 1, 2015 ·

Michael Reichmann


– all donations made to The Endowment since its inception on June 25, 2014 now eligible for US tax deduction –


INDIANAPOLIS, IND. & TORONTO, ON. October 1, 2015 – The Luminous Endowment for Photographers (“The Endowment”) is pleased to announce that the United States Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has approved The Endowment’s application for status as a tax-exempt Public Charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  This status is retroactive to the founding of The Endowment on June 25, 2014 and tax receipts will be issued for past donations in due course.

“Being recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charity greatly enhances our ability to help current and future photographers capture, create and preserve works of lasting beauty and significance”, stated Michael Reichmann, the founder and President of the Endowment.  “By helping photographic artists, archivists and educators realize a wide variety of meaningful projects, The Endowment continues to advance, educate and expose people around the world to the Art and Craft of Photography.”

In addition to the ability of donors to claim a tax deduction for amounts they contribute to the Endowment, being recognized by the IRS as a Public Charity allows the Endowment to apply for a wide range of State, Federal and private grants and programs that can further advance The Endowment’s mission. 

The letter issued by the IRS confirming The Endowment’s 501(c)(3) status is available upon request. The Endowment’s EIN is 47-1212646 and you are invited to visit to learn more about The Endowment or to make a donation.

About the Luminous Endowment for Photographers

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana and operating worldwide, The Endowment is a tax exempt, Public Charity operating pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code.  The Endowment’s mission is to advance the Art and Craft of Photography by providing grants to support merit-based, non-commercial photographic endeavors.  Grants are awarded to fund projects with a diverse – and growing – array of subjects, historical or archival goals and geographical focus.  After being vetted to ensure compliance with The Endowment’s technical requirements, all eligible submissions are judged by The Endowment’s Grant Selection Jury (the “Jury”).  The Jury is comprised of some of the world’s leading photographers and photographic educators including John Paul Caponigro, Joe Cornish, Eric Meola, Peter Cox, Mikkel Aaland, Ctein, Katrin Eismann, Alain Briot, Tim Wolcott, Sean Reid, William Neill, Andy Biggs, Nick Rains and Ken Duncan

For more information, please contact: 

Michael Reichmann, President and Founder

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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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