Recognizing those who are making a difference for the underserved

The Lowenstein Trust is seeking nominations for its annual $10,000 Lowenstein Trust Award. 

The award will go to the nominee who has demonstrated (in the opinion of the Trustees) a significant  but perhaps under-recognized contribution to assisting the disadvantaged and underserved within the City of Portland. For criteria details see our To Nominate page.  The nomination form may be easily completed and submitted online. The awardee will be publicly recognized in a ceremony at Portland City Council.

Deadline to submit nominations is November 7, 2022.

The Lowenstein Trust proudly announces 2021 Award Winners


for their volunteer advocacy efforts on behalf of medically fragile children, their families, and their caregivers

Allen and Joy Fowler

In its thirtieth year, the Lowenstein Trust is proud to present the 2021 Steve Lowenstein Award to Allen and Joy Fowler for their volunteer advocacy efforts on behalf of families with medically fragile children.

As parents of a child with special needs, the Fowlers encountered many difficult and often insurmountable challenges. When their son Amir died in 2012, they created the charitable A MIRacle Foundation to help medically and cognitively challenged children and their families, connecting them with the information, resources and support they most need. The Foundation’s programs and services have helped ease the financial and emotional burdens of more than 2,000 families and improved the quality of life for their children.

The Foundation makes it possible for wheelchairs, hospital beds, and other medically necessary adaptive equipment to be donated and provided to families in need, filling a gap when insurance coverage is not available. The Foundation works throughout Oregon to provide park spaces and adaptive play equipment designed specifically for children with special needs. Weekly movie nights at Randall Children’s hospital and snacks for hospitalized children and staff are also available through the Foundation. The Fowlers also have delivered stuffed animals and games, fulfilled holiday wish lists, and made special activities and events such as Portland Trail Blazer games accessible.

Over time, the Fowlers have grown and diversified the services the Foundation provides, expanding its reach and beneficial impact to more families, caregivers, hospitals and schools. In the course of their work, the Fowlers have created connections and collaborations among a multitude of healthcare, educational, and community organizations and businesses, providing tangible support, relief, and gratitude among family members and especially, the children. Those interested in learning more about the work of
Allen and Joy Fowler can visit their website at https://amireaclefoundation.org.

The 2021 Steve Lowenstein Award was presented to the Fowlers at a meeting of the Portland City Council on December 15, 2021. You may view a recording of the presentation at http://hcut.to/v/xBaMjqx.

Steve Lowenstein
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 $10,000 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 here.

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, Ronault LS Catalani, Jamaal Folsom, Monica Goracke, Michelle Harper, Margie Harris, Joe Hertzberg, Marc Jolin, Paul Kelly, Adrienne Livingston, Xavier Pierce, Shelli Romero, Charles R. Williamson

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

In Memoriam
Nick Fish, Gretchen Kafoury, Ron Paul