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Jim Luce

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Jim Luce (born 1959, Hamilton, Ohio) baptized James Jay Dudley Luce, is a former investment banker, as well as humanitarian, activist, philanthropist, and international development specialist who founded Orphans International Worldwide ( in 1998 and Orphans International America in 1999. Luce called for ending orphanages globally, to be replaced by his organization's Family Care model, in 2008. Luce launched The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation ( in 2011. He is based on Roosevelt Island in New York City since 1999.

Finance & Business[edit]

Luce began his career as an Assistant Eurobond Portfolio Manager with Daiwa Bank on Wall Street upon his return from studying (Waseda University) and working in Tokyo in 1983 at the age of 23. He was the first Japanese-speaking American manager hired by the New York branch of Daiwa Bank. Luce assisted with management of bank’s $260 million Euro-bond portfolio and was responsible for daily reports in Japanese to home office in Osaka and the New York branch president.

Luce returned to Wall Street in 1998 working with Merrill Lynch in the World Financial Center, leaving just before 9/11.

He then served, beginning in 2000, as the right-hand man to Senior Managing Director and co-founder of a Lazard Frères spin-off known as Rhône Capital in Rockefeller Center, Robert Agostinelli. Luce left finance for the second time after the Tsunami of December 2005.

Activism & Organizing[edit]

Luce left Wall Street following an appearance on the Phil Donahue Show in 1985 discussing religious addiction and the need for an “anonymous” organization to help those recovering from religious addiction, including followers of the TV evangelists such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Jimmy Swaggart. Luce co-founded Fundamentalists Anonymous (FA), and with the help of the Henry Luce Foundation, raised $1.2 million from 1985-89 helping build support groups across the U.S. for recovering fundamentalists. He testified in Congress against the TV evangelists in 1988. During this period Luce served as resource/interviewed repeatedly by The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Today Show, in addition to CNN, A.P. and U.P.I. Fundamentalists Anonymous was branded an “enemy of the Gospel” by Jerry Falwell.

Following Fundamentalists Anonymous, Luce was approached to run as a moderate candidate against U.S. Senator Alphonse D’Amato in the 1992 Republican Primary with support from Henry Luce III and Lawrence Rockefeller, and exploratory papers were filed with the Federal Election Commission. This campaign became the bi-partisan organization “Dump D’Amato in ’92,” which Luce chaired for two years.

International Development[edit]

In 1995 Luce traveled to Indonesia where he met the ten-month old infant who would become his son Mathew, living in squalid conditions in a traditional warehouse-like orphanage. Because of his revulsion at the condition of orphans in the developing world, Luce was influenced by his child psychologist mother to conceptualize an alternative, which he completed by 1999. His mother died shortly thereafter and Luce used proceeds from her estate to found Orphans International Worldwide ( Website).

Luce left the financial world for the second time after the 2004 Tsunami. Luce was anointed the “Tsunami Saint” by the New York Post for his work with orphans in Aceh, Indonesia in 2005. He was recognized again by Congress in 2007. Luce has occasionally faced danger in the field (see: BBC).

Philanthropy & Foundation[edit]

Luce gave away his Wall Street savings to launch the not-for-profit organization Fundamentalists Anonymous in 1985, went back to Wall Street and then gave away his savings and assets to launch Orphans International beginning in 2001. In 2008 he conceptualized the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (“J. Luce Foundation”). That same year he wrote an essay published by The Huffington Post entitled, “Will A Vow Of Poverty Fill The Void In My Soul?”

The mission of the J. Luce Foundation, Inc. is to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education, and Orphan Care. Support includes microgrants and ‘spotlighting’ through social media and the Foundation’s Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness, which features original and aggregated content.

The Foundation was envisioned upon the death of Jim's father, Stanford L. Luce, in 2008 (bio). It was incorporated in New York State in 2011 and has received tax-exempt 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. presents annual Luce Leadership Awards to young leaders working to better humanity, either in the U.S. or abroad, who embody the characteristics of honor, intelligence, benevolence, and integrity. J. Luce Scholars to provide financial awards to undergraduate and graduate students for academic and/or living expenses in the U.S.

The primary projects of the Foundation are The Stewardship Report and Orphans International Worldwide.

Writer & Speaker[edit]

Luce is prolific and has published approximately over 100 stories per year for the last four years. He writes on over fifty themes, ranging from his commitment to uplifting the worst of humanity while celebrating the best of humanity - especially the arts. He frequently writes for the Huffington Post ( on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens.

Luce’s best-known essays for the Huffington Post include: Will a Vow of Poverty Fill the Void in My Soul?; Mayflower Roots - and a Metrocard - Get One on the Subway; and Fifty Lessons Learned from a Decade of Service in International Development.

  • Huffington Post. Luce, Jim. “Mayflower Roots and a Metrocard Get One on the Subway.”

From 1995-90 he appeared on every major network repeatedly, discussing the dangers of religious addiction.

  • Orlando Sentinel. Banks, Adelle M. “Activists Want To Heal 'The Jesus Problem.” May 5, 1990.

  • Philadelphia Inquirer. “Breaking Away, with Fundamentalists Anonymous.” Oct. 19, 1986.

At the College of Wooster he wrote a weekly college for his school paper from his junior year abroad. In 1986, Luce wrote “The Fundamentalists Anonymous Movement” and “Breaking the Chains of Fundamentalism” for the national publication of the American Humanist Association.

Beginning in 2007 he wrote pieces for The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Kos.

  • New York Times. Luce, Jim. “First One Orphan, Then Many More.” Nov. 12, 2007.

  • Luce, Jim. Column. The Daily Kos.
  • Luce, Jim. Column. The Huffington Post.

He was president of a Toastmasters International public-speaking chapter in New York City, and has spoken repeatedly at the United Nations, to Rotary International Clubs around the world, and at universities such as Mt. Holyoke, Princeton, and Columbia, as well as Marietta College in Ohio.

  • Daily Princetonian. Shamma, Tasnim. “Students Join Effort for Orphans.” Feb. 29, 2008.

  • Princeton Alumni Weekly: The Weekly Blog. “U.S. Cannot Let Up on Foreign Aid, Panelists Say.”

Dec. 10, 2008.

He has spoken at Orphans International Worldwide Global Congresses in Bali and Aceh.

Phil Donahue introduced Luce in May 1985 by stating “Mr. Luce, a former Wall Street banker… looks like a banker, and I mean that as a compliment.”

The New York Observer wrote in October 1991, “Meet Jim Luce... Oh yes, you’re saying, you know the story — a young, rich kid short on beliefs and long on ambition, living in pseudo-poverty while sitting on a trust fund, ready to leap at whatever vehicle will best advance his career... Mr. Luce wears bookish round glasses, chooses his words carefully, and has an impossibly boyish face, qualities that would qualify him for the George Will Award as a quintessentially upper-class WASP... He’ll be noticed.”

Jim Luce embraces new media and maintains a personal and professional presence on social network and sharing websites including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. (original:


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