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Jim Luce
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.

Jim founded the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them.

He speaks often before college audiences and at the United Nations. He has been honored twice by the U.S. Congress.

Jim holds an East Asian Studies degree from the College of Wooster, and studied at Waseda University, Tokyo, Centro de Estudiar Colombino-Americano (Bogotá), and through AFS at Max-Plank Gymnasium (Bielefeld, Germany).

Entries by Jim Luce

Habitat for Humanity Notes Importance of World Toilet Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 2:54 PM

The jokes are too easy, the ramifications too deadly. People are dying all over the world from a lack of proper sanitation and hygiene - and access to basic sanitation services. Every year, 1.4 million children, including 200,000 children in India, die from diseases caused by fecal contamination. Habitat...

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Untold South Asian Stories at IAAC Literary Festival in New York

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 4:41 PM

Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), did not sleep much last month - though she seldom does.

Aroon Shivdasani, Executive and Artistic Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), welcomes attendees. Photo: Shashwat Gupta.


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Jimmy Carter in Memphis for Habitat for Humanity Build

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 8:55 PM

In 1975, as a high school student in the Midwest, I was a strong supporter of Jimmy Carter's bid for the White House. Fast forward forty years, and I continue to write about and be inspired by this great man.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter,...

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So Many in Need, It's Hopeless? Quandary of Assisting Youth in Greece

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 9:36 AM

The needs of children and young adults in Greece are enormous. The problems there are so insurmountable that the Greek government alone cannot solve them. Neither, for that matter, can the European Union - or even the United Nations. Into this morass the J. Luce Foundation journeys, to...

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Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose -- And How You Can Too

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 12:55 PM

In our hearts, we all wish for a life filled with meaning and purpose, but how many of us are meeting this goal? Life seems to continually throw obstacles at us, doesn't it? We become so busy fighting daily battles that we often give up on our life goals, little...

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At NASDAQ, Wells Fargo Gives Big Check to Operation Smile Co-Founders

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 11:14 PM

I have known -- and written about -- the good work of our friends at Wells Fargo for years. I caught up with them again last week at NASDAQ on Times Square. I was not surprised to learn that they are continuing to create meaningful partnerships that benefit the South...

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J. Luce Foundation Announces New Fellows at Marietta College

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 8:54 AM

The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation has announced this week that six Marietta College students have been chosen as 2015-16 J. Luce Fellows.

These are: Mandee Young (Soph., Advertising & Public Relations), Amanda Davis (Soph., International Business, Economics), Matthew Johnson (Fresh., International Leadership Studies, Spanish), Rylie...

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Dr. Kazuko Opens Academic Building at Tibetan Orphanage in India

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:45 AM

Last month, Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer attended the grand opening of the Academic Building of Manjushree Tibetan Orphanage in Tawang, India that she helped finance. All 254 children, teachers, villagers, monks, officials, and international guests gathered to celebrate.

Architectural rendering of the new...
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Hellenic Fund Launching to Help Kids, including Refugees, in Hellas

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 7:57 PM

I am pleased to announce that our Foundation will launch our Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- at a reception on November 4 at an elegant Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We can...

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Ambassadors Awarded for Achievement in U.N. Global Goals

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 4:02 PM

It's a heady experience to be surrounded by world leaders, so it was a particular pleasure for me to attend a special celebration of the adoption of the new Global Goals by the 193 government members of the United Nations.

The intimate, elegant event was held at the

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O.S.U. Swimmers Agree: Cancer Also Strikes People Living With Disabilities

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 12:25 AM

The Ohio State University (O.S.U.) Men's and Women's Swimming Team will soon have a Big Challenge Swim (Race4cure) meet vs. Ohio's Kenyon College on October 30, representing two of the nation's best college swim programs.

This meet will raise funds for cancer, including cancer affecting people living with disabilities. The...

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From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2015 | 3:37 PM

The images of toddlers washing up on the shores of Europe have moved us all except, perhaps, the leader of Hungary. When Jews were forced to flee Europe to escape the Holocaust, so many individuals and nations turned a blind eye. The tragic story of the ship full of refugees...

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Peter Yarrow, Operation Respect Take Center Stage in Ohio

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 6:57 PM

I moved from Oxford, Ohio to Marietta, Ohio in 1972 -- with a box of Peter, Paul & Mary albums. I was raised by liberal parents in the '60's -- Dad fighting the Vietnam War, Mom entrenched in the Civil Rights movement. I was raised with Martin, Bobby,...

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Impacted by Suicide, Our Foundation Opens Fund to Help

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:29 PM

Death. We don't like to discuss it in America. Suicide, even less. Fifteen years ago, when my mother Frances Alleman-Luce, a psychologist, starved herself to death in my own home -- in front of my own child -- I could not bear to share the details of her passing. She...

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"Butterflies of Bill Baker" Winner of Best Narrative at Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:47 PM

A new psychological drama, Butterflies of Bill Baker, starring Tony-nominee Will Chase (Nashville), Marin Hinkle (Madame Secretary), Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring, World War Z) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl, Girls) was recently released on DVD and VOD, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

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Interview With the Founder, South Asian Performing Arts Festival NYC

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Recently I had the privilege of spending a day with the multi-talented Arpita Mukherjee, co-founder of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF). Impressed with her vision, I decided within minutes that her story needed to be shared.

Gayatri Patel...
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Rush: Russell Simmons Family Supporting the Arts in New York

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 3:24 PM

With Alana Galloway.

I first met Russell Simmons several years ago at the United Nations. We chatted about meditation and the earthquake in Haiti. I was inspired by his work and honored to be invited to his Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon last spring at the Plaza on Fifth Avenue with...

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Greece Today: Safe, Affordable -- and More Beautiful Than Ever

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 7:59 AM

I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly. The fear-mongering did not work and Greeks voted overwhelmingly last week to say No to Europe's impossible demands.

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Voice of Hope: The Joey Lowenstein Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:58 PM

Some of the greatest discoveries in human history have been the result of accidental or unexpected circumstances. While the mind usually recalls great innovations, we sometimes tend to take for granted the more elementary aspects of life, such as the ability to communicate through speech.

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Fountain House Gallery Honors Boosters of Artists with Mental Illness

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 9:16 PM

Fountain House Gallery, New York City's premier venue representing artists living with mental illness, recently held its End of Annual Meeting Season Celebration. I've come to know this yearly event as an effervescent evening of cocktails, music and a splendid array of more than 100 original artworks exhibited...

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