Brian believed he could
Make a Difference.
And he has.
We can too.

Donate to the
Brian Lewinstein Foundation.

Because the promise of
“justice for all”
continues with us.

In Loving Memory
1995 - 2018

Brian Lewinstein Foundation

Brian believed he could Make a Difference.
And he has. We can too.

Donate to the Brian Lewinstein Foundation.
Because the promise of “justice for all” continues with us.

In Loving Memory, 1995 - 2018

Brian's Legacy

Brian Lewinstein was a regular guy who also had enormous gifts to share with the world. He was unique in his combination of intellect, sensitivity, caring, quiet humor, and unpretentiousness. He left us suddenly and far too soon in a tragic hiking accident.

Committed to social justice issues, Brian was looking forward to a career in public interest law helping people in underserved communities. His days with us were too few, but they were filled with life, love and purpose.

Brian said, "Not everyone can spend their life’s work pursuing social justice. However, all of us can make a small contribution to those who do." Brian benefitted from the generosity of others. Our purpose is to continue paying it forward.

Created to honor his memory, the Brian Lewinstein Foundation supports those who advocate for, and benefit from, the pursuit of social justice.

Brian Lewinstein Foundation

Our mission is to empower the people and programs dedicated to a more just, equitable society. We will connect activists and donors supporting social action with aspiring change agents and institutions dedicated to making a difference. 

With a commitment to the promise of "justice for all” and the goal of addressing the widespread inequities in our society, legal system, and public policies, this charity will invest in the advancement of education, progressive values and economic opportunity for all. By working together, we can ensure that no one is left out of the fight for justice, regardless of their income, status, race, or aspects of identity. By working for each other, we share a future that is unbound.

Brian believed, “Ethics last a lifetime.” We honor his memory when we overcome social inertia, when we act on our best intentions and most ethical convictions, when we financially support those who will manifest his life’s ambitions.

Thank you for helping us Make a Difference.

Who We Support

Donations to the Brian Lewinstein Foundation fund two nonprofit programs

Who We Support

Donations to the Brian Lewinstein Foundation fund two nonprofit programs

Brian Lewinstein
Social Justice Scholarship

The Brian Lewinstein Social Justice Scholarship Fund was established in August 2018 with a generous donation from Brian’s grandmother, Marlene Newell. This scholarship gifts $10,000 annually to a Berkeley Law Student with a demonstrated financial need who is committed to pursuing a career in public interest and social justice. This scholarship honors the memory of Brian Lewinstein, a member of the Berkeley Law Class of 2020.

Brian Lewinstein
Youth Justice Fellowship

Brian was a UC Berkeley Law student and Equal Justice America Fellow at the East Bay Community Law Center. To honor Brian’s memory and to encourage others to follow his example, EJA and  EBCLC have created a permanent Brian Lewinstein Youth Justice Fellowship at EBCLC. Every two years, they will offer a $130,000, two-year EJA Fellowship to a graduating Berkeley Law student to work full-time with EBCLC, serving and empowering young people at risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

“The incredible show of love and support inspired us to pursue this ambitious project in Brian’s name.”
~ EJA Founder, Dan Ruben

“We lost an outstanding champion for young people, but Brian’s spirit will live on with this momentous fellowship.”
~ EBCLC’s Executive Director, Tirien Steinbach

Contribute Today

“It is not on you to finish the work,
but neither are you excused from beginning.”

~ Brian Lewinstein, inspired by Pirkei Avot 2:16




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Brian Lewinstein Foundation is a California Nonprofit Public Charity Organization with approved 501(c)(3) federal and state tax-exempt status. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and do not represent payment for goods or services rendered.

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