December 16, 2011

Holiday Donations

My goodness! Thank you so much for some generous donations from Nat Whitten and Fred Goldberg. I'm proud that the jayday community cares enough about the site to share the cost of its maintenance. You will see their names over there on the right side of this screen.


Nat is a gifted creative director and copywriter. He's also written several books of humor. "Secrets of the Superoptimist," "The Do-It-Yourself Constitutional Amendment Kit," and "The Book of Extremely Common Prayer." You can read all about them here.


As for Fred, he is a marketing and advertising consultant in the Bay Area, but for 10 years he was founder, Chairman, and CEO of Goldberg Moser O'Neill. And, of course, for eight years he was President of the San Francisco office of Chiat/Day San Francisco.

June 09, 2011

Charlie Bidwell

Thank you to good ol' Charlie Bidwell who made a donation to help keep this site running. Note that his name now appears in the list of donors over there on the right.

Steve Alburty
Your JayDay host

December 22, 2010

The best charities in America

Good time of year to thinking of sharing well with others.

Charity Navigator helps you find charities specifically tailored to your interests. They also rate them on their "effectiveness," meaning how low are their administrative costs.

If you like a short-cut, Yahoo has gathered together this quick list of the top 20 charities in America.

June 21, 2010

It's Jay Day


Today is Jay Day, the 21st of June, the longest day of the year. It was thought up by a group of people at Jay's New York memorial and how you celebrate it is easy: do something to help lift someone up in the world, as Jay helped so many of us.

You may read the original Jay Day manifesto here. It contains some wonderful suggestions on what you might to to help continue Jay's legacy of generosity and philanthropy.

April 21, 2010

Thorn Tree Benefit

It's time for Jane Newman's annual Thorn Tree Benefit to benefit the children of the Samburo Tribe in Africa!

Click here" to read the full pdf file.

Here's a summary from Jane ...

The Thorntree Fundraiser is on the Tuesday the 11th May!!!! Hold the date!!!!!

May 11th, 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Clodagh Design
670 Broadway, 4th Floor
Between Bond and Great Jones
$30 suggested donation at the door

This year is going to be the best ever: the most fun and bargains galore!. We have an amazing African bazaar full of our favorite things from Kenya. And a silent auction with fabulous New York cool things to bid on. There is a bar and snacks and when you've shopped you can buy desks, beds, mosquito nets and camels for the school.

Feel free to invite your friends -- as everyone knows who has been before our event is lots of fun, casual and friendly and you are pretty much guaranteed to walk out with a bargain.

We had a great year last year at the school. Ndonyo Wasin has 8 grades and when students leave we want them to be able to go on to a top national high school. The money we made at last years event went on improving the quality of education at the school. We want every student at the school to get into a good national high school. However the government gives the school only 40% of what is needed to run a basic but effective school in Kenya so we filled the gap with extra teachers so there was one for every class, food for breakfast and dinner for the boarders, enough reading books so every student can read 35 books a year, enough camels to give every student a glass of milk a day, mid term and end term exams to monitor progress, school uniforms, a couple of school trips, dormitory supplies and matrons, new desks, a sports outfit for older students and a few other things. It has worked! Grades have increased by 45% since we started and they continue to go up. Maybe one day we can be one of the top schools in the country. Imagine that, a school in the bush in the top 10% of the whole of Kenya. See what you have helped accomplish! Thank you. The children and parents of Ndonyo Wasin send their blessings.

All love,


December 20, 2009

Oxfam Unwrapped


If you're looking for that last-minute Christmas gift, how 'bout some manure? Or a cow? Oxfam is one of the most respected charities in the world and you can select from dozens of possible gifts for someone out in there in the world who is truly needy. You can do this in the name of someone in your life to whom you'd normally give STUFF, stuff they probably don't really need.

Click here to visit the Oxfam site.

June 21, 2009

Room 13

Jessica Schulman Edelstein Room13

Room 13 Photo Block

Here's is a jay/day message from Jessica Edelstein ...

Hi Steve. Happy Jay/Day!

If anyone is wracking their brains 'cause they don't know a young artist or don't have a favorite cause or don't have a cleaning lady, here's a good way to celebrate Jay's love and dedication to creativity and art:

We now have 2 student-run art studios up and active in the U.S. which are part of a greater international network of 35 studios. We are looking to help support these fledgling studios and to increase the infrastructure of ROOM 13 USA to allow for expansion into other American cities.

Would you mind posting something for us on your site? The artists of all ages will thank you and Jay will smile. Arrange as you wish.


Room 13 is an international network of art studios run by student artists within a school environment. Supported by an adult working artist-in-residence, young artists are given a safe place in which to explore their feelings by expressing their creativity and imagination.

Started by primary school students in the West Highlands of Scotland, Room 13 has now grown to have 35 studios in Scotland, England, South Africa, India, Nepal, Turkey, China, Canada and now the U.S. The project has grown with the help of generous creative people around the globe, so by donating here, you will help more artists of all ages discover themselves through art.

If you would like more information or to help give this worthy program artistic, financial or promotional support please contact Jessica Edelstein at


No $$$? - Help us promote Room 13 USA by becoming a fan on Facebook by clicking here

April 17, 2009

Jane Newman's Annual "Thorn Tree" Benefit


Grab your checkbook and credit cards! The time has come for Jane Newman's Annual Thorn Tree Benefit. Anybody who is anybody will be there, buying and bidding on amazing African crafts. Here's Jane's pitch to you ...

Yes it is that time of year again!

We are doing an African Bazaar this year!!!!!!!!! We have brought back lots of great original stuff from Africa --traditional kangas and kikoys (aka sarongs), baskets for the beach, wooden bowls the warriors carved, new styles of bracelets, cushions, salad servers, soap, key rings, designer belts and tons of other stuff. Everything is priced low, low, low so TONS of bargains. And the silent auction is going to be the biggest and best ever.

This year we are supporting the two primary schools in the Sereolipi area with all the teachers, books and food they need to run a basic school and our goal is to raise $80,000. So please make sure you come and bring a friend or two that would be interested in helping. The more people shopping the better!!
All love


The date is May 13th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Clodagh Design
670 Broadway, 4th Floor
Between Bond and Great Jones

Here's a link to the official invitation.

P.S. Those of you who on the East Coast who missed the 40th Annual C/D Reunion in LA last October might consider this a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and do some good for the world! Jay would consider this a noble effort.

December 11, 2008


Jeff Sitting

What if everyone in the U.S., instead of buying Christmas presents for their loved ones, spent that money on some form of philanthropy instead. I'm sure our new President would support this idea.

Put an EDAR on your gift list. EDAR is short for Everyone Deserves a Roof. They are portable mobile shelters for the homeless. Here's the philanthropy's website and here's a great article from the LA Times about the project's impact in Los Angeles.

September 16, 2008

Debra Chiat and Myanmar

That's Debra on the right, helping set up a temporary school in a monastery.

One of Jay's daughters, Debra, lives in Rome with her husband, Alfredo, and four children. For years, they have been running a humanitarian organization called SHARE - Human Life Project.

They work in Rwanda, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Morocco - helping to create and support schools, combat malaria, build wells, and create professional training programs in Natural Medicine.

Debra wrote to me today to say that she and Alfredo have just returned from Myamar where they were granted permission by the government to visit the delta where the cyclone "Nargis" hit. (This is EXTREMELY rare for the government there to allow any international aid access.)

The organization is in great need of money to help provide the survivors of the cyclone to rice, oil and other needed food as well as to cover the cost of pots and other basic kitchen needs. And then comes the job of building schools.

Here is a pdf file outlining the challenges facing them. Here is how you can help out. You can email Debra at ...


... or send a non-negotiable cheque payable to:
Associazione Share - Human Life Project, via dei Ramni 38, 00185 Roma
or authorize a bank transfer to the following account:
n. 2256/55, Banca Popolare di Sondrio, Roma ag. 17, CIN: C - ABI: 5696 - CAB: 03217

Remember to include your personal details and the purpose of your offer.
Share is a non profit making association: your offers are tax deductible!

July 08, 2008

Bicycle Charity Race

Nearly all of us have been touched by the effects of cancer. We have lost loved one, and in fact, all of us lost Jay to it.

The city of Charlotte (my new home town) host and annual 24 hour charity bike race that builds proceeds for cancer care and research through the Lance Armstrong foundation.

It’s a great event and a great way to give. If you are interested in playing a small part, here is the link for my current firm’s team. In order to donate you need to choose any team member. The contribution benefits the whole team. Click here.

Thanks for your consideration.


April 18, 2008

Vicki Blucher

And now sweet Vicki Blucher has come forward with a donation for the maintenance of the site. As Ruth Gordon said in "Harold and Maude," "This is very encouragin'"

Thank you, Vicki!!

April 03, 2008

Thorn Tree Benefit


Jane Newman and Clodagh Design invite you to the 6th Annual Thorntree Benefit.
Clodagh Design.
Monday, April 7th, 6-9 pm
670 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY
(between Bond and Great Jones)
Suggested Donation $20

Here is the official invitation in pdf format.

September 04, 2007

Jane Newman's charity


Several people have asked how they can donate to Jane Newman's charity. Here's where to send the checks!


June 21, 2007

It's Jay Day!


June 21st, every year

Why June 21st? 'cause it's the longest day of the year.


Give your phone number freely and be there for someone.

Give your cleaning lady $200. She could probably really use it.

Buy art from a young artist.

Share an idea you've been thinking about pursuing for weeks or months or years with someone who will help make it happen. Or someone who will simply appreciate your creativity.

Make a radical impact on an environment. (Need direction? Check out

Look at the work you're doing professionally. Could it be better? If so, do something about it.

Take a young artist to dinner and let him/her talk about his/her work.

Give your niece or nephew $100 and tell them to have a good time.

Make a commitment to mentoring. Big Brother/Big Sister is a great place to start (

Take your best friend's child to a gallery and introduce them to art.

Keep in touch with a former colleague, old friend, or long-lost relative, acknowledging how inspiring and important genuine connections and relationships are.

Dare to do something different.

May 01, 2007

Thorn Tree Benefit

From the Queen of Planning and Africa, comes this invitation from the great Jane Newman ...

(click on image to see larger version)

I am back in the USA and it is time for another Thorn Tree fundraiser!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you can all come -- please mark the date -- Tuesday May 8th --in your calendars and I will remind you when it gets closer to the date. Those of you have been before can confirm it is a really great event -- lots of bargains to be had and lots of fun.

The invite is attached -- please feel free to send it on to friends and bring as many people with you as you like.

We did really well last year, we made nearly $40,000 in donations in and around the event.

We spent it on several important items:
1. Another dormitory for the school -- we now have a total of four -- two for the girls and two for the boys. We can sleep 200 students in comfort!!
2. Camels for the school which give lots of milk for the boarders.
3. And a well --we hired a massive drilling machine to dig a 110meter bore hole for the school -- this is a major achievement in a desert area and with pipes and a solar pump they will have gushing running water very soon!
4. We also bought lots of school uniforms, beds, mattresses and desks.

It was a great year and I have photos to show of everything at the event.

We are hoping to make $60,000 this year so please come -- we need you!! -- and bring lots of clothes/books/DVDs etc with you to sell.

See you there,
All love

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
From 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Clodagh Design
670 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY (between Bond & Great Jones)

January 09, 2007

The Azama Project


Bonnie Lunt, ad agency and talent recruiter extraordinaire, is as much a Chiat/Day alum as any of us.

Through her charitable organization, People Helping People, Bonnie and C/D Alum Nancy Hill are deeply involved in a philanthropic effort called the Azama Project in Otavalo, Ecuador. This project has given a community of 3000 a primary school and medical clinic and is currently awaiting donations to purchase a water purification system.

She is looking for a donation of 14 PC-based laptops that are loaded with Microsoft Word and Excel. If you are in the process of upgrading your systems and would like to donate them to a worthy cause (and receive a substantial tax deduction), please contact Bonnie’s assistant, Kathleen Ward at (212) 545-0363.

September 01, 2006

Labor Day


In honor of Labor Day weekend, I share with you this commentary by one of Labor's greatest friends, Pete Seeger.

Vicki Blucher
, one of this site's best friends, sent it to me. She received it from a friend of hers ...

I saw Pete last week at the annual Hudson River Swim for the River Pool at Beacon ( and asked him about the "Internationale" song which had been the workers' anthem in many languages till it became associated with Communism and fell into disuse. Don't we need it to come back? I asked Pete. He said there are so many good young songwriters now who are saying what needs to be said about the state of our world. Then he said something that I thought was so important I asked him to write it down & send it to me. Here it is:

"'The powers that be' have so much money, they can control almost any big thing they want - attack it from the outside, corrupt it or mislead it from the inside. But what can they do about millions upon millions of little things? As I look around America today I see so many good little things I am more optimistic than I was 60 years ago when the truth about the atom bomb sunk thru my skull. We have a better than a 50/50 chance now!

Please continue to do one or some of the million little things that you have been doing and please pass this on to your friends so they can too."

April 22, 2006

Jane Newsman's Thorn Tree Benefit


From the ever lovely and peripatetic Jane Newman ...

It's time for the annual Thorn Tree Fundraiser at Clodagh's studio (670 Broadway) on the 17th of May -- 6--9pm. If you came last time you will know what a great event it is. EVERYONE enjoyed it.

So PLEASE come this year and please bring your friends with you.

You will see from the email that all you (and your friends) have to do is
bring with you all that stuff you have at home and don't need (all the
clothes that you bought and never really liked, the CDs and books you would
like to give away, the birthday present that didn't quite work for you,
etc). The more stuff the better -- anything goes. Also we have a bar and a
pot luck snack/nibbles table so please bring something for that. And of
course don't forget your check book so you can buy lots of bargains. I
promise you will walk away with a stash of great stuff!

See you there!
All love

Click here to read how Jane first got involved in this philanthropic project. And here here are photos from last year's event, which proved to be an impromptu Chiat/Day reunion!

January 05, 2006

How did they vote?


What kind of a slacker is your Congressperson or Senator? How did they vote on the issues that matter to you. Monitor their activity (or lack of it) with this handy database, courtesy of the Washington Post.


July 19, 2005

Say it plain


A century of great African-American speeches. My favorite? Barak Obama.


June 21, 2005

Happy jay/day


How to spend jay/day


Some suggestions on how to celebrate jay/day from the lovely Ms. Eve Luppert (whose birthday is Friday, June 24th, I would like to point out.)

Call that place you've been meaning to volunteer, and volunteer

Buy a whole bunch of art supplies and drop them off at a boys and girls club

Clean out your closets and give your old business clothe to Dress for Success (for a location near you).

Sign up to be an "activist" for Americans for the Arts (A non-profit organization)

Support your local PBS Station. Heck, find out when their next fund raiser is and volunteer to do phones

Go hear a local band or see a community theater show

Send Money to The United Negro College Fund

Support the National Endowment for the Arts

Give a scholarship to a kid for summer camp in the arts. Here's one. Here's another. And another. And another. Google "summer arts camp" for more.

June 20, 2005


From Chuck Phillips in Vancouver. (Chuck founded the Toronto office, and worked in LA before that. And maybe even SF. I've lost track of all the contributions Chuck made to C/D)

i'm sharing a bottle of scotch and a cuban with jay on my roof deck tomorrow night. it stays light here this time of year until 11pm. we'll stay up there 'til midnight because we have a lot of catching up to do. i'll tell him how swell of a job you're doing keeping his spirit alive. i'm certain he'll be pleased.

My jay/day good deed

Tomorrow being jay/day, I had an opportunity this afternoon to participate in a very personal way. I got an emergency email on Sunday night from Debra Chiat in Rome. Inti, (short for "Antonio), a young man who grew up in her household, was stranded in New York. He and a friend had come here to spend the summer, and had high hopes for getting a job and a place to live. The friend got cold feet after a few days in the Big Apple and headed back to Rome. Inti was also about to give up and head home, as well.

Debra was obviously worried that one of her babies (hes 19 now) was all alone in the big city. So I got his cell phone number and took him to lunch today at a trendy new Indian restaurant in Chelsea, where we had one of everything. I asked him what type of work he was looking for and he said he could be a bus boy. (Hed love to be a waiter, but hes not confident enough in his English.) So I turned to our waiter and said, Do you need a bus boy? and he responded, Well, actually we do! So right there and then, I helped Inti fill out the application and he is going back at 5 p.m. today for his audition.

We then headed off to the Gap to get him a black t-shirt for his bus boy uniform and stopped by a local hostel to check availability. (They had none.) I got on the phone and called a friend who is looking for a roommate and he is going to speak to her on Wednesday.

Im exhausted!

If you know of anybody who has a room to rent or knows of a job for someone who speaks fluent Italian and pretty good English, please write to me immediately in case the bus boy interview and the roommate interview I got for him doesnt work out. (My address is at the top of the page.)

I also took Inti to two other Italian restaurants and spoke to the managers about getting him work. I also got him a list of hostels in the city and offered to loan him a cell phone so he could make and receive phone calls from prospective employers or roommates. And I told him he could stay in my apartment this weekend while I'm up in the country.

And as I said goodbye to him at the subway, I explained that the biggest lesson I learned from "Nonno Jay" (Grandpa Jay) was to be bold; to step right up and tell people what you want and how much you want it. And that is Jay's legacy to me.

Spread it around, people.


Operation Ecuador!

The jay/day celebrations are in full swing! Here's one from ad recruiter extraordinaire, Bonnie Lunt ... (the copy is provided by the ever-exuberant Neilan Tyree)

Jay Day Inspires Incredible International Project: Operation Ecuador!

Greetings fellow Jay Day-ers! I imagine many of you, like me, have June 21 cemented in your head, but might not have figured out what youre actually going to do to continue the spirit of Jay Day this year. Well, wonder no more! I was delighted to learn what our pal Bonnie Lunt has come up with this year because part of my plan now is to help her latest mission. Characteristically, shes set the bar pretty darn high for all of us and is headed to Ecuador (!) with 20 people (!) in tow many of them advertising folk including TBWA Chiat Day alumni, the inimitable Nancy Hill (now at BBDO in NY). Theyre on an incredible mission.

Bonnies Jay Day project this year is (get this!) to help build a community center that includes a medical clinic/school for the village of Azama in Ecuador that she adopted at the end of last year. (Hoo boy! No lounging around in a hammock for her.)

Continue reading "Operation Ecuador!" »

April 03, 2005

Jane's Thorn Tree Benefit


These just in to Jayday Central: exclusive photos from Jane Newman's benefit for the Thorn Tree Project, which was held last Thursday at the offices of Clodagh! The benefit raised $25,933.50, enough to put 100 children on mattresses in a bed in a dormitory with washing facilities!

To see all of the photos, click here.

Continue reading "Jane's Thorn Tree Benefit" »

March 22, 2005

Thorn Tree Project


Jane Newman would like to invite all jayday readers to attend an important benefit for a philanthropy in Africa that Jane has long supported: The Thorn Tree Project, which provides schools for nomadic tribes. You can read all about the project by reading this pdf file. Or, if you don't have Adobe Reader, here is an encapsulation of the invitation:

The fourth Clodagh Bring!Swap!Buy! sale for the Thorn Tree Project in Northern Kenya

March 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Benefit will be held at the offices of Clodagh Design at 670 Broadway in New York City - 4th Floor.

What is the event? Think of it as a Swap Meet of like-minded folks (with as fabulous a sense of style as your own!) who have amazing things to share with others. Bring your junk which will no doubt be someone elses treasure. Clothes! (The Prada that doesnt fit. The Dolce & Gabana you could never quite pull off. The Armani jacket your friends dont want to see again.) Objects dart that ... well, youre tired of. Books youve read and want to share with others. Glassware. Art. Photographs. Furniture. And so on. Heck, whatever you can carry! Also please bring something to eat or drink for our festive Pot Luck Buffet/Bar (wine, spirits, beer, veggies, chips and dips, appetizers, etc.) so we can all snack and sip while we shop!

Finally,wed also appreciate at least two cans of food for the homeless. Most of all, bring whatever cash you can spare and your check book so you can buy lots of stuff that others bring in!

Continue reading "Thorn Tree Project" »

December 20, 2004

Modest Needs

In this season of "giving," here's the real deal.

Modest Needs is for compassionate people (like you) whose lives have been touched by kindness and who would now like to pass that kindness on by pooling just a bit of what they can afford to share and using those funds to keep struggling families from entering the cycle of poverty.


November 19, 2004

Sorry Everybody


Feeling a little post-election apologetic to the rest of the world? Here's the place to beg for forgiveness. On the website's main page, click on Gallery, then click on the individual numbers (i.e., "25", "26", etc.) You'll get the idea.


September 27, 2004

Help in Haiti

I am sure many of you remember Guy Pierre Jean, who worked as our maintenance guy at both 79 Fifth and Maiden Lane.

I heard from Guy's daughter that he passed away a couple of years ago. She had found Jay/ and had seen my post asking about him. She said that working with us at CD was a great part of Guy's life. And he was a very important person to many of us as well.

Guy was one of the most elegant men I ever knew. He was all heart and action. When we moved from 79 Fifth, he saw all the half used office supplies that we were going to throw away and asked if he might send it to a school in Haiti (his country of origin). From that time on, we would send a package to Haiti when ever we had a box full of used markers, paper, pencils...anything that might be useful

In Guy's memory, I made a donation for relief efforts in Haiti after the devestating blow to what is already the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

If you'd like to do the same, here are some agencies that are collecting monies to help in Haiti.



Catholic Relief Services

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) - USA

September 13, 2004

Vote Be Gone!


... this!

September 08, 2004

Personal Pollution


What's in your bloodstream?


July 15, 2004

Ten Stories the World Should Hear More About


From the United Nation. The title pretty much says it all.


July 13, 2004



After last year's blackout, it dawned on me that New York City has actually faced five major crises in the last three years: 9/11, the anthrax scare, the Presidents Day blizzard of 03, the blackout, and, of course, the marriage of Liza Minnelli and David Gest.

My apartment building had absolutely no plan for how to respond in an emergency. During the blackout, neither the staff or the super or the coop board members had the slightest clue about what to do. So I decided that somebody should draw a plan up and implement it. That person turned out to be me.

So here's my jayday "good deed" for the year. I organized my coop's Building Emergency Preparedness Program. (Yes, that acronymn is "BERP!)

Continue reading "BERP!" »

June 14, 2004



Who is this energetic young woman? Her name is Pauli Luppert. Yes, Luppert. She is none other than the niece of our very own Eve Luppert. (Or, as Pauli likes to refer to her, "Auntie Eve.")

Pauli is a struggling young playwright, about to make her New York theatrical debut. And here's the exciting part: YOU get to participate! Yes, you! Remember how JayDay (which is coming up on June 21st) is all about supporting young artists? Well, make Pauli and her project your JayDay contribution.

Read what Pauli has to say:

Greetings Friends & Family,

Im dropping a note to yall to update you on some exciting goings-on in my crazy life.

As many of you know Im working, recreating, breathing, and eating theater in New York. Im still working at The Public Theater as an Assistant Theater Manager and about to start my third season managing Shakespeare in Central Park.

The latest news is that two plays I wrote were recently accepted in the New York Fringe Festival. The New York International Fringe Festival
(FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues! The festival runs this summer from August 13th - 29th. ( This marks my New York City production debut as a playwright; my proudest accomplishment to date.

The two plays are SPARE CHANGE - the story of a young advertising executive torn between her convictions and her ambition, directed by Gwenyth Rietz, and produced by Young Minds Productions, Inc. The second is an adaptation of the classic childhood novel, Nancy Drew and The Clue in the Diary, produced by River Heights Productions.

The reason I am writing is because I need a little help to make the production of SPARE CHANGE a reality. The Fringe Festival will give a great deal of support for both productions. It will provide us with a performance venue, some marketing and advertising, and of course, the use of their name and access to their huge audience. Unfortunately, the Fringe Festival does not cover the cost of rehearsal space, costumes, set pieces and construction, lights, and the like. So, I am currently working to raise funds to stage SPARE CHANGE. Ive personally pledged to Producer Robert Gore, that I will raise $500 by June 30th. If you are willing and able to help in any way, Great! Whether you can contribute $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 your help will be enormously appreciated by me, our company of talented actors, designers, and producers, (all of whom are working on SPARE CHANGE on a volunteer basis).

Weve set up a secure website to accept contributions at;

Or you can send a check, payable to Young Minds Inc. If you would like more information or are interested in seeing a copy of our budget please contact me or Young Minds Producer, Robert Gore at OR (347) 528-7757.

Young Minds Productions, Inc.
474 Carlton Avenue, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Peace, love and gratitude,


May 04, 2004



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April 26, 2004


P.S. 41 Auction and Gala, Friday, May 7th at the Masonic Hall, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC, 7:00-11:00 PM. A benefit auction and gala where important works by Jill Giegerich, which were donated by the estate of Jay Chiat, as well as works of Warhol, Rauchenberg, Roland Roure, Robert Indiana and others as well as couture clothing, watches by Breitling, jewelry by Reinstein/Ross, autographed Memorabilia from Derek Jeter, and so much more will be auctioned. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Information about the auction can be seen by click here.

P.S. This just happens to be the school that the daughter of Annie the Flower Lady goes to!

April 25, 2004

Jay Chiat Scholarships

Got an email last week from Bob Kuperman, who says ...

The spirit and life force of Jay was alive and well on April 15th, as his wife Edwina von Gal, Christine Donahoe and myself went to Rutgers University for the first luncheon with the recipients of the first Chiat Endowment Scholarship Grant.

The students were fascinated to hear about Jay and very thankful for Jay's generosity toward the school and themselves. It was a wonderful experience for all of us telling "Jay "stories laughing, crying and feeling more than ever how much we miss him and what he provided for each of us.

This will be an on-going program and I'm sure Edwina joins me in inviting more people who knew Jay to attend next year.

love Kupe (C/D LA '87 - and forever)

P.S. For those of you who did not know yes Jay actually graduated from Rutgers.

You can find more information about the scholarship program here.

March 01, 2004

Your summer intern: Myra Hiott


Here's another one of my Duke students who's looking for a summer internship.

Meet Myra Hiott, who is in my Creative Writing independent study. Give this girl a job! How can you resist those eyes! Says Myra ...

Twenty-one year olds looking for summer employment cant afford to be lazy or choosy, my dad told me last night on the telephone. Of course, hes right. So, although my passions are reading, writing and politics, and my ideal internship is one in which I can take advantage of my creative, artsy side, Im willing to adjust if youre willing to hire me. I am a second semester junior at Duke University and a political science major, but this semester I am studying public policy, ethics and the arts in New York City. The semester, thus far, has been fabulous. I stay extremely busy with classes and performances, but I like the fast-paced life. I would love an internship where I can keep this up, working hard and enthusiastically while exploring future career options.


View Myra's resume

Your summer intern: Yoav Lurie

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Another one of my Duke babies who is hoping to get a foot in the door at your agency!

Yoav Lurie is a Duke junior pursuing a degree in Public Policy Studies and a Markets and Management Studies certificate. Though he calls Los Angeles home, his adventures have taken him to far corners of the globe. He has worked for Salomon Smith Barney in Chicago, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and as a short-order cook at a kosher restaurant in Venice, Italy. A passionate jack-of-many-trades, Yoav is the founder of Camp Kesem at Duke ( a camp for the children of cancer patients in the Raleigh-Durham area, ran a student company at Duke, and has filed a patent with the USPTO. The former high-school wrestler has toured Spain with a university rugby team, talked his way into more than his share of closed events and knows that most bad situations will one day turn into good material. With all this in mind, it seemed obvious that advertising and media might just be for him; but no matter the direction his life takes, his path is sure to be both interesting and entertaining.


View Yoav's resume

December 28, 2003



Did you know that you have the power to change someones life forever, spending no more money that what youd spend on a good dinner for two in New York? Its called micro-financing, lending small amounts of money to people in impoverished countries which they then use to start their own small businesses. Opportunity International is just one of many organizations who hand out small grants. The payback rate for these small loans is greater than those made by an actual country. In other words, you are better off loaning money to a Bolivian peasant than to the Bolivian government itself.

Meet Lola Tasuna (see photo above), age 72. Lola and five other people share a shelter constructed from scrap materials. A micro-loan from Opportunity International helped her start a business making kerosene lamps, a necessity in a neighborhood where blackouts are frequent. She buys clean jars at 5 cents a jar, paints the lids, adds wicks, and attaches metal handles. She sells them for 10 to 25 cents, depending on the size. With the help of family members, she can make as many as 300 lamps a day, which net $30.

You can be a worldwide social entrepreneur right from your computer by donating to Opportunity International online.


December 01, 2003



Thinking of e-baying last year's Christmas gifts in order to pay for this year's shopping spree? Why not donate a portion of your ebay proceeds to the non-profit of your choice using Missionfish?


November 28, 2003

Debra Chiat


It is fantastically coincidental that today, just before heading off to revisit the Dia:Beacon Museum (to which Jay was a benefactor), I received an email from Jay's daughter, Debra, who lives in Italy. Here's is a gorgeous photo of her with her family.

Says Debra: The non-profit organization that Alfredo DAngelo (my husband) is responsible for - The Human Life Project - has set up humanitarian help in many parts of the world: Cambodia, Burma, the Sahara, Pakistan, and India, as well as the gypsies here in Rome. The program consists mainly of creating schools, (often building or reconstructing), building wells for drinkable water, selling crafts here in Italy to create self sufficiency, micro credits, health programs, etc. It has been such and important part of our lives, and the experience for me as well as my children of living in the villages has been incredibly enriching.

To view the Human Life Project website, click here and then click on the link for Oki Do Human Life Project.

November 06, 2003

NPR Grant

National Public Radio will receive the largest donation in its history, a cash bequest from the will of the late philanthropist Joan Kroc (the widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc) of about $200 million.


October 15, 2003

Vision Test


Test your "vision" by going to this website. After clicking on the link below, take your hands off the keyboard and let the introductory Quicktime movie play. When it has finished playing, click on the image on the right hand side that looks like a optometrists eye chart. (See sample above.)


August 25, 2003

The fierce urgency of now


One evening, I was watching an expose on racism and hiring. Applicants with exactly the same credentials, one would be black, the other white went to a recruiter for help getting a job. The white applicant got sent out on many job interviews, while the black candidate was told there were no openings for her qualifications.

I learned that recruiters and HR people would use code words to mean "send me white applicants". Words like "All-American" and "clean cut" really meant white only. I was pretty new in HR and I hadn't been let in on the game yet. I'd been asked those questions, and I'd answered "you bet." I was horrified, got on the phone and called every recruiter I'd ever used to clarified what Chiat/Day was looking for...the most talented people in the field. That' was my one and only criteria (and still is). Suddenly, all kinds of smart, interesting and talented people walked in the door of Chiat/Day

It's still true today. Stand in the lobby of a big, tall, downtown business tower and see who is coming in the door and up the elevators.

Each of us can make a difference. We can ask our management that uncomfortable question about their commitment to diversity. We can insist that the recruiters we work with are as diverse as the people they send us. I felt foolish that I lived is a city like New York and it never occurred to me that my company didn't look anything like the community I lived in.

Forty years ago this Thursday, one man made a difference. He stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and gave us words and visions that still move us. Here is that speech.

Continue reading "The fierce urgency of now" »

May 14, 2003

Become a mentor

Mentors have played a powerful role in the lives of most successful people. General Colin Powell points to the influence of his father; and Senator John McCain credits a high school teacher and coach whose example helped strengthen his resolve during years of imprisonment in North Vietnam. Other participants in mentoring programs include Tom Brokaw, Deepak Chopra, Walter Cronkite, Edward James Olmos, Tim Russert, and Mike Wallace.

Be a mentor -- and change a child's life for the good. The National Mentoring Partnership website lets you enter your zip code and will show you a list of mentoring organizations in your area.