J. Luce Foundation: Banner Year for Supporting Young Global Citizens

New York, N.Y.  2012: Luce Leaders, Luce Awards, Million Dollar P.R. Packages, work in India, Afghanistan, Haiti – as well as Africa and the Americas. Help us end the year!

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Personal NoteWith an all-volunteer staff, donated space, free social media, and Global Advisers helping us fulfill our mission of Supporting Young Global Leadership, our foundation offers a high return on investment (ROI).  I remain committed to leading us, but I need your help. General contributions may be made here. Year-end Global Adviser contributions may be made here. If you would like to buy a $50 ticket to our Twelfth Annual Year-End Champagne Reception, you may do so here. Or send checks payable to the J. Luce Foundation, 540 Main St. #418, NY, NY 10044. No individual can impact humanity alone. Together, we can change the world. I count on your support!

Major PR Packages.  PR packages valued at $1 million each were awarded this year to the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and the Université de Note Dame d’Haïti (UNDH).  No two countries in the world are in the news more often with bad news.  Our grants are to publish frequent stories, working with editors from top American graduate school journalism programs, to push out regular articles highlighting good news written mostly by students in these countries.

Foundation Labor@tory Launched.  The Labor@tory was conceived as a collaboration between the two dozen NYC-based organizations our Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness has focused on promoting.  The concept was to focus more on “spotlighting” our partners with less focus on non-partners.

Pop-up Storefronts Opening.  Stonehenge Partners has enabled the J. Luce Foundation use of temporary pop-up storefront space – the Stonehenge/Luce Space & Annex – to use for non-profit endeavors in conjunction with its Labor@tory’s 24 non-profit-partners to be located at 1143 Second Avenue between 60 & 61 Streets.

Afghanistan Fund.  In the spring the Edwin Gould Foundation hosted our reception to launch our Afghan Fund to support initiatives we have spotlighted for years, including the Afghan Child Education & Care Organization in Kabul (story).  Diana Rockefeller and a host of others attended the reception (story).

Orphans International Worldwide.  Last year OIWW contributed to twelve orphan care projects in Asia, Africa and the Americas.  By the end of this year we anticipate increasing this giving.  OIWW was founded in 1999 and is best known for its post-Tsunami work in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and post-hurricane and earthquake in Haiti.  Today OIWW helps support AIDS orphans in Africa.

Luce LeadersTwo high school students — Christopher Rim (above left) and Isaac J. Kassin (above right) — were chosen to be 2012 Luce Leaders.Isaac founded our foundation’s Isaac J. Kassin Fund and Chris runs It Ends Today, an anti-bullying organization.Our leadership awards are to assist the next generation of NGO and philanthropic leaders in both developed and developing nations.Last year’s awards were given to Jin In of South Korea for her work with girls in Nepal and Jean Fédris Auguste, Esq., interim director of Uni Haiti.Isaac and Chris will speak at our Year-End Reception to be held Dec. 18 at Skadden, Arps.

Mission ApprovedThe N.Y.S Department of Charities this year allowed the J. Luce Foundation to become the first foundation in the state – perhaps the U.S. – to grant not only funding but also “spotlighting.”“Spotlighting” is our unique ability to publicize through media and social media the goodness being done by non-profit organizations we chose to assist.Our primary mission continues to support young global leadership impacting positive social change in cooperation with the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDGs).Internship Program.  The Foundation supports young global leadership by first identifying and then training them  We began 2012 with 4 interns and project ending the year with 12.

Congressman Honored.  The International University Center Haiti (“Uni Haiti”) was formed by the J. Luce Foundation on Jan. 12, 2011 – the 1st anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake epicentered near Léogâne. This November we honored Cong. Charles B. Rangel (above) at our 2nd annual gala on NYC’s Upper East Side (story).

Luce Awards.  The Foundation grants micro-grants to organizations in fields incl. the Arts, Children, Health, Orphan Care, and Women.  We anticipate granting to 12 such groups in 2012.  Luce Awards are discretionary and cannot be applied for.

Labor@tory Partners.  The Foundation’s partners focus on Children & Education, Arts & Culture, and Health & Social Justice.  They include the Arts Students League of N.Y. (story), Fountain House (story), God’s Love We Deliver, the Haitian Cultural Foundation (story), Indo-American Arts Council (story), Rubin Museum of Art (story), United Nations University, and Young Concert Artists (story).

Connecting Stories.  In 2012, Jim Luce wrote 39 stories in the Huffington Post, 49 in the Daily Kos, and the Foundation published 139 stories on Connecting Goodness in the Stewardship ReportThe valuation of these published stories is estimated at $1.4 million.

Global Advisers.  The Foundation has had over 100 Global Advisers for the last three years.  Each Adviser commits to 12 hours of professional feedback and $1,000 annually.  GAs may now contribute monthly on-line.  We anticipate honoring our GAs at a Martin Luther King reception in January. Contact us at advisers@lucefoundation.org if interested in service.

Copyright © 2012 The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation & Orphans International Worldwide. All rights reserved. Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), located at 540 Main Street #418, New York, NY 10044, is an approved 501(c)(3) I.R.S. tax-exempt charity. Its tax identification number is 26-1618712. A copy of its Annual Report may be obtained from OIWW or by writing the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn.: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10271.


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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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