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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

Fountain House Symposium Looks for Answers to Suicide

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 3:27 PM

This year's Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took on a formidable subject. Titled "Suicide: Looking for Answers," the event recently drew more than 500 attendees to The Pierre in support of the innovative mental health programs of Fountain House, winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.


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Spring Into Action This Season With the J. Luce Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 8:00 PM

Spring 2016 is going to be the most exciting season the J. Luce Foundation has experienced since its inception. There are so many ways that you can get involved and help better humanity!

It began in 1998 with Orphans International Worldwide, and was joined in 2008...

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Jumping for Joy: Happiness Day 2016 at the United Nations

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 2:12 PM

Over 700 people from all walks of life assembled in a large conference room in the United Nations headquarters last weekend to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. A U.N. resolution officially proclaimed March 20 as the day to annually recognize the importance of happiness in...

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Immigration, Ambition, Identity Shape Film Miss India America

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 5:18 AM

Immigration, ambition and identity tend to be perceived as intertwined strands of the American DNA, and it always renews itself. It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the culture of South Asian immigrants that both ambition and identity do a similar dance, often with greater intensity, and...

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Lions Clubs International Focuses on Global Issues at U.N.

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 2:15 PM

On March 12, 2016, just a few days after International Women's Day, more than 700 Lions, Leos, ambassadors and guests gathered at the U.N. for the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations to discuss peace and gender equality.

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Hilarious Indian Comedian, Papa CJ, Bares Body, Soul to Standing Ovations on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 7:25 AM

Crossing Times Square on perhaps the coldest, windiest night of the year to see an Indian comedian, I wished I was in Delhi. Ears frozen, I arrived not knowing what to expect. Billed as the 'Chris Rock of India,' I anticipated a somewhat raunchy show with a South Asian edge....

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Rare Disease Patients Fighting Isolation Through Social Media

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 9:20 AM

February 29, 2016 is the rarest day of the year. It is Rare Disease Day. Every year Rare Disease Day takes place across the world and brings together anyone affected by a rare disease, patients, their families and caregivers. It also serves to raise awareness of rare diseases...

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I Married a Munster: Review of My Life with Grandpa Al Lewis

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Al Lewis was one of the most recognized entertainers of all time. He was best known for his character Grampa Munster.

Al was the comic genius behind The Munsters which aired 72 episodes from 1964-1966. Previous to that, he played Officer Leo Schaunser in Car 54 Where Are You? over...

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Marietta College McDonough Leadership Conference Set for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 9:10 AM

The 2016 McDonough Leadership Conference of the McDonough Center at Marietta College has received its lead sponsorship - The McDonough Corporation. Bank of America has signed on as another lead corporate sponsor. This conference will include a panel with J. Luce Foundation Leadership Fellows.

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Foundation Launches Young Leadership Experience to Hellas (Greece)

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 11:00 PM

Leadership. The ability to motivate others towards a common goal. When coupled with a charity or philanthropy, the art of connecting with others to better humanity. This has been our objective since founding Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) in 1999, 'raising global leaders.' And it continued in 2008 with...

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Defending the Land: Young Veterans Take Up Sustainable Farming

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 9:10 AM

In 2007, Michael Sandoval, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, was on patrol in Iraq when an Iraqi soldier nearby stepped on an IED. Shrapnel flew, and Michael was hit. He received the Purple Heart, and, the metal still in him, returned to his home state of Georgia.

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Fund Launch for Kids in Greece Characterized by Ancient Hellenic Ideals

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2015 | 12:59 PM

The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant and sponsored by The Orpheus Luxury

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Fountain House Gallery Artists Shine at "Mad About Art"

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 9:58 AM

Fountain House Gallery's recent Mad About Art event was a smash. This annual art auction and benefit is a perennial favorite on my calendar, and I was delighted to be among the nearly 400 guests who gathered at Metropolitan West to support the Gallery, New York City's premier...

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Dollhouse Castle Hosts Dancers Dec. 3, Orphans International Dec. 5

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Master photographer Kevin Richardson, founder of Dance as Art - The New York Photography Project, along with both accomplished dancers and young aspiring ballerinas will come to the Astolat Dollhouse Castle in Manhattan's Time Warner Center on Thurs., Dec. 3, followed by a public family photo-op day with a real-live prince...

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At Hands of Luce Leader, ShapeU Becomes FitMango

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 7:49 PM

The Johns Hopkins undergraduate students behind ShapeU are changing the name of their fitness technology startup to FitMango, according to founder and C.E.O., Seal-Bin Han. I wrote about Seal, recipient of the 2014 Luce Leadership Award, a year ago here.

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Habitat for Humanity Notes Importance of World Toilet Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:54 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 | 3:41 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 | 7:55 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 | 8:36 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 | 11:55 AM

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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