Luce Foundation & Orphans International Worldwide Honor Young Leaders of Tomorrow and Humanitarians of Today

February 10 16:52 2015
The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation has in just five years made an incredible impact in developing our greatest resource – our young future global leaders. This year, The Foundation in conjunction Orphans International Worldwide will bestow honors on both the leaders of tomorrow and a unique group of humanitarians of today at a special awards reception at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, 630 Third Avenue, New York, 10017, Thursday February 26, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm.

The 2014 James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation Young Global Leaders Award Recipients are Seal Bin-Han (b. 1995) Jamil Patacon Fuller, (b. 1996) and the 2015 recipients are Alana Galloway, (b. 1997) and Eugenie Carys De Silva (b. 1998). Leadership Gifts to these four will include: Poetry: The Sufi’s Garland by Manav Sachdeva Maasoom, our Poet Laureate; Biography: Frank Perdue: Tough Man, Tender Chicken by Mitzi Perdue, and Management: Fearless Leadership in a Social World by Alison Fine.

The 2015 Humanitarians of the Year include: Meera Gandhi, CEO and Founder of The Giving Back Foundation; Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, famed international impresario, preservationist and founder of GAIA Foundation; Kevin McGovern, Chairman/CEO at The Water Initiative and best-selling author, journalist and TV host The Honorable Mitzi Perdue. Past Awards from OIWW and the Foundation were presented to H.S.H. Albert II of MonacoH.E. Amb. Dr. Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka), H.E. Hon. Li Baodong (China), H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Peter Yarrow, and Hon. Carolyn Maloney.

The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation was inspired by college professor Stanford Livingston Luce, Jr. who passed away in 2007. The Foundation Mission is to support Young Global Leadership, often in Haiti, Indonesia or Sri Lanka, frequently focused on Education, the Arts, and Orphan Care. The Foundation publishes The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness.

Orphans International Worldwide began in 1999 with the support of child psychologist and civil rights activist Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce who died in 2001. It built facilities for children after the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, and after hurricanes and the earthquake in Haiti beginning in 2002. During this period it was affiliated with the United Nations. Today, it serves to fund preexisting institutions such as the Dalai Lama’s home for Tibetan orphans in India or Ebola orphanages in West Africa (2015). Jim Luce, the son of Stanford Luce and Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce founded both organizations.

Notes Jim Luce, “The needs of the world are vast, but so too are our many resources. One of humanity’s most valuable resources is young global leadership impactingpositive social change, which this foundation endeavors to support. The Luce and Dudley families have had a long and historical commitment to youth, education, and social improvement in the United States and around the world. I aspire to continue this family tradition through the grants, awards, and publications of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation – playing a role, however humble, in bettering humanity. My goal is uplifting the worst of humanity while celebrating the best of humanity – especially the arts.”

Additionally, The Foundation expects to award micro grants for leadership development, education and/or the Arts in 2015 to non-profit organizations in the U.S., including: Battery Dance Company (Jonathan Hollander, Dir.), The Child School-Legacy High School NYC (Vishu Grover, Dir.), The Children’s Institute-Center for Independence of N.J. (Benjamin M. Imbrogno Memorial Fund), College of Wooster (Gran Cornwall, Pres.), Habitat for Humanity (Stan Luce Fund), Humanist Association of Harvard (Greg Epstein, Dir.), Indo-American Arts Council (Aroon Shivdasani, Dir.), Marietta College (McDonough Leadership Program), Osborne Association (Elizabeth Gaines, Dir.), Project Reach NYC (Summer Social Justice Bootcamp), University of California Berkeley (Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership), among other organizations uplifting of humanity.

These micro-grants and the support of The Foundation in general are deeply appreciated by scores of organizations to whom grants have been given “Bravo to Jim Luce and the Luce Foundation for their extremely important contribution to orphans globally.  The Luce Foundation work is tireless and selfless,” says Aroon Shivdasani, Executive & Artistic Director, Indo-American Arts Council.  “We are so excited to receive this micro-grant from the Luce Foundation. Through this generous support, we will be able to continue building a youth leadership program that will prepare the next generation of global leaders. The Luce Foundation is a leader in this field; therefore, we feel very fortunate to engage in this collaboration that will truly be transformative for our students,” says Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center at Marietta College. Noted philanthropist and children’s advocate Sara Herbert Galloway adds her praise saying, “Bravo to Jim Luce and the Luce Foundation for their extremely important contribution to orphans globally.  The Luce Foundation’s work is tireless and selfless.”

Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) and the Foundation have raised $1.52 million over the last 15 years, including having received generous proceeds from four estates. Children have graduated from OIWW homes and gone on to university. Young global Luce Leaders have gone on to Harvard, Yale, and NYU. The Foundation’s Stewardship Report has highlighted over 1,500 organizations and individuals uplifting humanity.

Both Executive Offices are located at 540 Main Street #418, New York, N.Y.10044 U.S.A.

The Awards Reception will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an online auction of one of kind experiences. The event is free for all supporters (minimum $500) of OIWW and/or The Foundation. To become a supporter E-mail at or send checks for either “Orphans International” or “J. Luce Foundation” to 540 Main Street #418, New York, N.Y.10044.  Both are I.R.S. 501(c) 3 N.Y.S. corporations and 100% tax-deductible.

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