From Challenge Grants to P.R.: Many Facets of J. Luce Foundation

New York, N.Y.  When my mother passed away in 2001, I was inspired to create Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) that went on to help vulnerable children in Africa, Asia and the Americas. My father’s death in 2007 provided the impetus to create a foundation embracing arts, education and orphan care with an emphasis on supporting young global leadership.

960049_1290393764319486_8966546309499268521_nBoth Orphans International and the J. Luce Foundation support the Gyan Jyoty
Rural Development Welfare Trust in Bihar, India and it’s founder Ranjan Kumar.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Today, The J. Luce Foundation has become a platform that supports nonprofit organizations and we will announce next February the launch of twenty separate endowment funds in support of various aspects of our Mission.

14355110_889393644538619_6014030956575220192_nLoretta Wu and Mike Bhuiyan, both members of Lions Club International, serve as
Global Advisers to our foundation and mentors to our own Lions chapter (NYGLLC).
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

In addition, we have created our Young Global Leadership Initiative to provide ongoing opportunities for select professionals to mentor the next generation of philanthropists in ethics, communications, and nonprofit administration.

12063787_973522616019492_1002691884099830440_nThe children of OIWW Indonesia in Manado, North Sulawesi now attend university,
still supported by Orphans International Worldwide. Photo: Stewardship Report.

Our focus on leadership began with Orphans International Worldwide, “Raising Global Leaders,” in 1998 and was joined in 2008 by the J. Luce Foundation, “Supporting Young Global Leadership.” The Stewardship Report began publication in 2010.

13240778_1091810017524084_8821400838893951351_nThe author with Luce Scholar Jeff Guan and Vishu Grover of Legacy High School,
an institution supported by our foundation. Photo: Stewardship Report.

The J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) continue to work together closely. The mottos of the two are ‘Supporting Young Global Leadership’ and ‘Raising Global Leaders’ – through honor, intelligence, benevolence, and stewardship.

13580609_837284673082850_6176356307776764145_oOur foundation supports Tibet Fund, Tibet House and Gaia Holistic Foundation’s
Annual Celebration for the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Essex House, New York City.
Photo: The Stewardship Report/Mangala Weerasekera.

The Foundation is unique in its dual mission of providing micro (challenge) grants in addition to ‘spotlighting’ – highlighting through social media individuals and institutions uplifting of humanity.

13935179_858391987638785_2964211472241320642_nOur Young Global Leaders participate in regular cultural events in New York City.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

In 2015, our Executive Committee became a chapter of Lions Club International – the “New York Global Leadership Lions Club” (NYGLLC) – with Advisers, Fellows, Scholar, and Leaders joining. This past summer, we introduced a Toastmasters International chapter through the Foundation to provide leadership tools to our Young Global Leaders (YGL) – formerly known as our Internship Program.

12891091_1369437059748489_1605616664480341955_oBoard Member Isaac Kassin began his affiliation with as a Luce Leader
us years ago. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The primary projects and programs/sub-programs of the J. Luce Foundation are as follows:

  1. J. Luce Foundation Global Advisers, as well as Artists-in-Residence,
    Fellows, Global Leaders, Humanitarians, and Scholars
  2. J. Luce Foundation Endowment Funds (launching Feb. 2017)
  3. The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness
  4. J. Luce Foundation Young Global Leadership Initiative
  5. Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW)

981174_1369430316415830_2675601287021430115_oWe presented our Global Citizenship Award to H.E. Amb. Catherine Boura,
Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations – here with our
Global Adviser Dr. Judy Kuriansky and Board Member Georgia Nomikos.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Projects conceptualized in the future include the J. Luce Foundation Film Festival, the J. Luce Foundation TEDx Talk, and the J. Luce Foundation Leadership Center.

Our Young Global Advisers are embraced by our Global Advisers and Board
members – here, with Georgia Nomikos. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

J. Luce Foundation Global Advisers

Our Global Advisors assist our Mission not only with their expertise and mentoring, but with their give-or-get contributions. They receive a framed certificate, a published biography, and a discount to all events.

2016-09-27-1475004114-7760873-25-dsc_0435leadphoto-thumbThe 2016 International Day of Happiness at the United Nations,
coordinated by J. Luce Foundation Global Adviser Dr. Judy Kuriansky
with the support of our foundation. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

In addition, they receive membership in The New York Young Leaders Lions Club, the Foundation’s Toastmasters Club, as well as discounts with our corporate sponsors, including the corporate networking organization Swap The Biz run by Scott Eisenberg. Since 2015, we have included our Corporate Sponsors as Global Advisers.

Global Adviser Lam Nguyen, a Broadway videographer, creates an interview
with each of our young global leaders. Here, Senior Young Global Leader
Nicholas Vazquez. Video courtesy of The Stewardship Report.

J. Luce Foundation Toastmasters Club (link)

We began over the summer a Toastmasters International Chapter within the Foundation to impart public speaking and leadership skills with our interns and other young global leaders, using The Toastmasters Communications Basic Manual as a starting point. I served as president of the Roosevelt Island Toastmasters for several years and was commended by Toastmasters International (story).

13320757_491247761061065_7982841234738366126_oJ. Luce Foundation Artist-in-Residence Rohan Bhargava with Jared McAboy.
Photo courtesy of Ezra Goh Photography.

Luce Artists-in-Residence, Fellows, Global Leaders, Humanitarians, Scholars

The Foundation has supported many Fellows and Scholars from the following colleges and universities: Case Western, Columbia, Marietta, Wooster, and Yale. Scholars receive Foundation grants ranging from $1,000 to $9,000. Over the years our Foundation Artists-in-Residence have included a poet and a modern dancer with plans for a novelist to join us in 2017.

13698231_1492605000765027_5137016959058786820_oYoung Global Leaders participating in an Indonesian fashion show to raise funds
for their 
Leadership Experience to North Sulawesi. Photo: Stewardship Report.

Luce Leadership Experience (Greece, Indonesia)

Our first trips are planned for the spring (Hellas) and summer (Sulawesi) 2017. Coordinated by Georgia Nomikos, C.E.O. of The Orpheus Luxury Collection, our group will travel to Athens and its environs next May. See HuffPo piece and YouTube video. Then, in conjunction with MAESA (Indonesian-American Society), a second trip is planned to Manado, North Sulawesi – where the first OIWW orphanage was located.

12970771_1063148477056905_5327190358795546176_oAt a gala co-sponsored by our Lions chapter. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

New York Global Leaders Lions Club (link)

We launched on February 5, 2016 – after three years of discussions – a Lions Club to serve members of our Board of Directors, Global Advisers, Executive Committee, as well as Luce Leaders, Fellows, and Scholars. It meets at five times a month and its Facebook page may be seen here.

12132477_1369407306418131_240873719280502598_oHumanitarian and broadcaster Rita Cosby with the author at Foundation Gala.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Today, our Lions club has 32 members. We now have access to 5,600 Lions members in New York City/Long Island as well as the ability to request grants for OIWW from both the International and local Lions Club foundations. Relationship coordinated by former Lions Club district governors Loretta Wu (China) and Mike Bhuiyan (India).

14425374_1187967754574976_135396639854144687_oOrphans International Worldwide supports children around the world including
these managed by J. Luce Honorable Mention Ranjan Kumar in Bihar, India.
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW)

With the motto Raising Global Leaders, Orphans International, a separate non-profit sister organization to the foundation, is now 17 years old (1999). OIWW has worked to support orphaned children in Africa, Asia, and the Americas in a dozen countries. Today, it’s largest support to its college-aged graduates in Indonesia and the Dalai Lama’s orphanage in India.

2016-09-27-1474995647-5303948-5-dsc_9668drjudyspeakingmamadou-thumbFoundation Global Adviser Dr. Judy Kuriansky at International Day of Happiness
at the U.N., supported by the J. Luce Foundation. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The Stewardship Report (

The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness, began in April 2010, has averaged four new stories per day since 2015. With over 100 contributors, readership continues to grow each year (blue vs. orange) – currently 7,500 per month. Ashwani Agrawal is creating an app for iPhone and Android for the SR. The recent inclusion of Reuters TV video is expected to increase readership further. 

14440733_903567449787905_3951330383872868721_nThe J. Luce Young Global Leadership Initiative meeting on Roosevelt Island
in New York City. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Young Global Leadership Initiative (

This summer we re-branded our Internship Program to empower young global leaders wishing to better humanity to think, write, speak, organize, and utilize social media more effectively. It is being offered Monday-Saturday, in two shifts: 10am-1pm, and 2-5pm. There is a lunch program daily from 1-2:15pm featuring Toastmasters/Speech & Communications, Lions Club, Stewardship Report, Social Media, and Arts & Education. The creation of the J. Luce Foundation Young Global Leadership Initiative was the project of my Landmark Self-Expression & Leadership Program (SELP).


Although the primary focus of the foundation is in Arts, Education, and Orphan Care, our challenge grants are given to a broad spectrum of organizations uplifting of humanity – about half in New York and half around the world.

In New York over the last two years, we have supported the Battery Dance Company, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Friends Without a Border, Fountain House, Gaia Holistic Foundation, H.E.L.P./Hellenic Education & Language, the Indo-American Arts Council, Japanese-American Lions Club Charities, Legacy High School, the Osborne Association, RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Roosevelt Island Visual Artists Association (RIVAA), Super Happy Healthy Kids, and Tibet House.

McDonoughMcDonough Center, home of the excellent McDonough Leadership Program at
Marietta College supported in part by our foundation. Photo: Marietta College.

Outside of New York, we have contributed towards the Children & Development Organization of Cambodia, the Children’s Institute, Lions International Foundation, Manjushree Orphanage, Marietta College Leadership Conference, Marietta College Pioneer Pipeline, Mid-Ohio Valley Learning About Addiction, and the National Meningitis Association.

Our 2016 year-end contributions are expected to support an additional eighteen organizations in and outside of New York.

In addition, Orphans International Worldwide has supported many orphanages and other projects for needy children including the Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage for Tibetan children high in the Himalayan mountains of India. There, we contributed towards the construction of the main academic hall on the Manjushree campus was raised through Dr. Kazuko (See: Kazuko Opens Academic Building at Tibetan Orphanage in India).


The Leadership of the Foundation and OIWW consists of 12 members of the Board of Directors,  54 Global Advisers, 12 Luce Leader,  Luce Fellows, 7 Luce Scholars, and 5 Humanitarians. Luce Fellows are awarded between $1,000 and $9,000 per year.

nyu-600Some of our foundation’s young global leaders at the Indo-American Arts Festival’s
South Asian Literary Festival at NYU. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Our Fellowship Program is a calendar-year program in which approved Fellows support the Foundation’s mission of supporting young global leadership by applying their own specific training and skills, either in person or virtually, to address the challenges of the Foundation. The first six Luce Fellows were from our partner Marietta College. See Huffington Post story here.

12291698_989006884471065_5610266846479460435_oHumanitarians awarded by our foundation include Kevin McGovern,
Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura, Hon. Mitzi Perdue and Meera Gandhi.
Photo The Stewardship Report.

Our 2016 Humanitarian Awards were presented to Steve Killelea (Australia) and Rita Cosby (U.S.).  This year we also had a Global Citizenship Award presented to H.E. Catherine Boura (Greek Ambassador to the U.N.) at our Reception, and H.E. Katalin Bogyay, Hungarian Ambassador to the U.N.) for the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness.

Luce Fellows - Group Photo (2015-2016)J. Luce Foundation Fellows 2015-16 from Marietta College in Ohio. From
left to right: Mandee Young, Amanda Davis, Matthew Johnson, Rylie Wahl,
McKenzie Fleeman, and Celeste Prince. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Past Awards from OIWW and the Foundation were presented to H.S.H. Albert II of Monaco, H.E. Hon. Li Baodong (China), Meera Gandhi, Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura (Japan), H.E. Amb. Dr. Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka), H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Kevin McGovern, Carolyn Maloney, Hon. Mitzi Perdue, and Peter Yarrow.


This year’s Award for Artist-in-residence was presented to contemporary dancer & choreographer Rohan Bhargava (India) whose troupe performed at our Annual Awards Reception. We also re-awarded the Foundation’s 2015 award to poet Manav Sachdeva Maasoom (India). We are considering Indian-American author Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla for 2017.

13439157_835183343292983_8475846969451875312_nThe J. Luce Foundation marched in the 2016 New York City Pride Parade to honor
those killed in a Florida nightclub. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

Honorable Mention for Leadership was given in 2015 to both Evin Robinson and Jessica Santana, in 2014 to Aadel Euro, a modern dance student in Baghdad, Iraq; 2013 to Elián Gonzalez of Cuba; 2012 to Eric Niragira, an ex-child soldier from Burundi who founded a training center for development of ex-combatants known as CEDAC, in 2011 to Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust in Bihar, India; and in 2009 Omar Ghraieb, freelance journalist in Palestine and translator for MSF/DWB.

11034452_1099109170114614_6927932046485473591_oBoard member Sara Herbert Galloway with Humanitarian Award recipient,
the Hon. Mitzi Perdue with other friends. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

When possible, we attempt to feature our leaders and their projects in The Huffington Post (HP) and The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness (SR).

We are always looking for qualified professionals to contribute as well as to support and/or mentor our young global leaders. Contributions to the Foundation may be made online at Contributions to OIWW at Checks payable to either may be sent to 540 Main Street #418, NY, N.Y. 10044.

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Jim Luce: Thought Leaders & Global Citizens
Jim Luce ( writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (, he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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