Lowenstein Trust

Recognizing those who are making a difference for the underserved

The Lowenstein Trust proudly announces 2020 Award Winner


for his work with the Jeremy Wilson Foundation to assist musicians in need

Photo credit: Norman Eder

After experiencing a medical crisis requiring a series of heart surgeries, Jeremy Wilson - a former member of the bands The Dharma Bums and Pilot - felt blessed by the generosity of friends and fans who raised money to help him through his treatment and recovery. During this difficult time, he resolved to "pay it forward" and assist other Oregon and SW Washington musicians who find themselves in health-related or other crises.

In 2010, Jeremy established the Jeremy Wilson Foundation (JWF) and for more than a decade, has devoted thousands of hours to assist local musicians and their families in times of need. Foundation volunteers help musicians navigate and access social services available to them. The Foundation also provides financial assistance to help cover medical and other expenses musicians, their families, and industry workers are experiencing. To date, JWF has provided more than $500,000 in assistance to over 100 local musicians.

COVID-19 is having a stunning impact on the musical community due to venue closures and performance cancelations. JWF was among the first to provide immediate relief to help musicians cover their expenses when they lost their livelihoods. Through an emergency program, JWF paid $53,000 in direct assistance to 106 musicians, their families, and music industry workers who were plunged into financial distress by the global pandemic.

For more than a decade, Jeremy has been tirelessly dedicated to the work of JWF. Through his own health struggles, he learned that many artists are not only grievously underpaid and underinsured, but also live without any kind of safety net in the event of a crisis. An ardent believer in the power of community to assist and support, Jeremy cares deeply about providing support to musicians in a way that is otherwise not available to them in our society.

To read the full Press Release about Jeremy and the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, please click here.

The Portland City Council presentation of the 2020 Lowenstein Trust award to Jeremy Wilson took place on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Click here to view the City Council presentation of the Lowenstein Trust award to Jeremy Wilson of the Jeremy Wilson Foundation. The presentation begins at 36:06 minutes into the meeting and ends at 101:39 minutes.

Steve Lowenstein

Each year, the Lowenstein Trustees solicit community members to identify an individual whose contribution to people in need within Portland upholds the spirit of Steve Lowenstein's memory. In his will, Steve specified that the recipient of the annual Lowenstein Trust Award "shall be that person who demonstrated (in the opinion of the Trustees) the greatest contribution to assisting the poor and underprivileged in the City of Portland, Oregon. "

We look for someone who has dedicated themselves to a particular cause that benefits others. Often this person has been working for years behind the scenes in a volunteer capacity or receiving low compensation. The recipient must be in need of these funds to help carry on his or her work and must use the award to further the type of work for which it was given. The $7,500 honorarium is typically given to the individual and funneled through the organization affiliated with the award recipient to strengthen and continue their work. A list of past recipients can be found

In his own right, Steve Lowenstein was a model of public service. Steve joined the Peace Corps after law school in the early 1960s and wrote a textbook on Ethiopian law. He worked in Washington DC for the Office of Economic Opportunity and in Chile for the Ford Foundation. He was founding Director of Oregon Legal Services, authored a groundbreaking history -
The Jews of Oregon 1850-1950 - and at the time of his death in 1990, had served for six years as Executive Assistant to former Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg. Steve's sense of purpose, integrity and perseverance inspired many of us who have worked on human rights and social justice issues.

For more information about The Lowenstein Trust you may email
pdxmargie@gmail.com or write:

C/O Charles Williamson
5304 SW 34th Place
Portland, Oregon 97239-1125

Art Alexander, Jamaal Folsom, Monica Goracke, Michelle Harper, Margie Harris, Joe Hertzberg, Marc Jolin, Paul Kelly, Zeke Smith, Charles R. Williamson

Sandra Haefker, Daniel Jacobs, Mike Lindberg, Chris Lowenstein, Lee Rosner, Kris Wilkinson

Nick Fish, Gretchen Kafoury, Ron Paul