J. Luce Foundation Clare Boothe Luce Award.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first female U.S. Ambassador, as well as a versatile author and editor, Clare Boothe Luce was a charismatic and forceful public speaker whose life embraced International Service. Although a true Renaissance woman, Clare was not necessarily dedicated to liberating all women to follow in her footsteps. She believed women were biologically ordained to nurture children and raise families and Clare wanted to support them in those efforts, not competing for jobs at Time-Life. She had no qualms about using her feminine allure to get what she needed out of men, and left many a man in the wake of her affairs.
J. Luce Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW), founded in 1999, and the J. Luce Foundation, began in 2009, have a long history of acknowledging the efforts of individuals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of humanity (see bios below). The Foundation's Humanitarians are exemplified by those who believe, like Honoree Mitzi Perdue, "Success is not measured by what you can get, but by what you can give." 2014/15 Humanitarian of the Year Awards were recently presented to Meera Gandhi, Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, Kevin McGovern, and the Hon. Mitzi Perdue at the Foundation's Annual Leadership Reception held at the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations.
Past Awards from Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) and the Foundation have been presented to H.S.H. Albert II of Monaco, H.E. Amb. Dr. Palitha Kohona (Sri Lanka), H.E. Hon. Li Baodong (China), H.E. Haya Rashed Al Khalifa (Bahrain), Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary (2010), Dr. Judy Kuriansky (Columbia University), the Hon. Carolyn Maloney (2010), Hellenic Republic Parliamentarian Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou (2010), Director Charlotte Brandin of the World Childhood Foundation, and WCBS Anchor Cindy Hsu.
In addition to microgrants, The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. awards non-profit organizations (NGOs) with its Luce Award for Excellence and Integrity in Helping Humanity while offering young global leaders the opportunity to impact positive social change. Organizations that have been spotlighted by the Foundation through The Stewardship Report may apply to receive the Award. Each Award will be accompanied by a framed proclamation that articulates the excellence and integrity of the recipient organization.
The Foundation expects to award microgrants 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), Chinese-American Planning Council (Youth Empowerment), College of Wooster (Donald MacKenzie Art Prize), Fountain House, Habitat for Humanity (Stanford Luce Fund), Humanist Association of Harvard (Greg Epstein, Dir.), Indo-American Arts Council (Aroon Shivdasani, Dir.), Marietta College (McDonough Leadership Program), Marietta College (Pioneer Pipeline Program), Osborne Association (Elizabeth Gaines, Dir.), Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (Tad Sudol, President), University of California Berkley (Project on Armed Conflict Resolution and People's Rights, Center for Nonprofit & Public Leadership), among other organizations uplifting of humanity.
In 2014, Manav Sachdeva Maasoom was appointed Poet Laureate of the J. Luce Foundation. Maasoom was born in Punjab, India and has lived there off and on for nearly two decades out of his nearly four, with his point of home reference being New York City. He is a mystic and loves languages, music and dancing. Maasoom has lived and traveled with the United Nations and other international organizations in over forty countries. The Sufi's Garland was his debut book.