T.W. Lewis - Quality since 1991

Building Partnerships through Philanthropy

  • Universities
  • Children and Families
  • Educating our Youth
  • Community Support
  • Strengthening America

Our Purpose

The purpose of the T.W. Lewis Foundation is to improve the quality of life for others by helping people and organizations reach their potential.


  • We believe in supporting people that want to reach their potential.
  • We believe in supporting organizations that are effective, receptive, and grateful.
  • We believe in supporting projects that will make a significant difference.
  • We believe in giving a portion of the need and for a limited amount of time.
  • We believe in having a plan, setting goals and getting the maximum impact from our gifts.
  • We believe in connecting personally with the people we serve.
  • We believe in measuring our success by the number of lives we change.
  • We believe in helping people and organizations with our financial support, our time and our talents.
  • We believe in considering new approaches to help solve old problems.
  • We believe in leading by example and hope to stimulate generosity in others.

Our Story

Formed in 2000 by Tom and Jan Lewis, the T.W. Lewis Foundation has provided college scholarships to over 200 future leaders, made gifts to dozens of non-profits that help children and families in need, and supported youth education organizations that build character and encourage civic engagement. They have also provided leadership and financial support for a wide variety of community based organizations.

Tom & Jan Lewis

Tom & Jan Lewis

Tom Lewis is the Founder, Owner and CEO of T.W. Lewis Company, a Phoenix, Arizona based real estate investment company known for its quality and outstanding customer service in the homebuilding industry. T.W. Lewis Company, founded in 1991, has received numerous industry awards including America's Best Builder in 1998 and the National Housing Quality Gold Award in 2009.

Individual awards given to Tom include: Arizona Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 1994, Arizona Business Leadership Award in 2006 and the Arizona "Good Scout" Award from Boy Scouts of America in 2007. He was also honored as a Significant Sig by the Sigma Chi Fraternity in 2007 and received the University of North Carolina MBA Alumni Merit Award in 2011. In 2013, Tom received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Builder Magazine, the National Housing Quality Award Committee and was named the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame.

Tom received his his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1971 and Master's in Business Administration in 1973 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former Chairman of the Arizona Chapter of Young President's Organization and a member of World President's Organization and CEO International.

Jan received her undergraduate degree in education from Ohio University in 1972 and her Master's degree in counseling from Kent State University in 1976. She is an active community volunteer and is on the Board of Directors of Desert Botanical Garden, Florence Crittenton and Barrow Neurological Foundation Women's Board. She is also an active member of ASU Women and Philanthropy. Tom and his wife, Jan, live in Paradise Valley, Arizona and have three grown sons.

A Symbol of Commitment

T.W. Lewis Foundation is symbolized by the life-size bronze statue titled "Once Upon a Time" by Marianne Caroselli. This artwork is located at the T.W. Lewis corporate office and represents the Foundation's commitment to children and education.


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TW Lewis Foundation Melanoma Matching Gift - Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

TW Lewis Foundation commits $2M matching gift to establish Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Lewis makes largest gift in University of Kentucky history: $23 million for Honors College

What the Largest Single Gift in UK History Means for Students

Jun 18, 2016Lewis Foundation Awards 10 Scholarships to Barrett, The Honors College at ASU

SOURCE: In Business Magazine

T.W. Lewis gives Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation a $50,000 Challenge Grant

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Lifestyles Magazine 2016

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Oct 22, 2015Lewis makes largest gift in University of Kentucky history: $23 million for Honors College

SOURCE: Lexington Herald Leader

Sep 02, 2015Tom Lewis blog post for his MBA alma mater: Entrepreneurial success: What it takes

SOURCE: UNC Kenan-Flagler News

Mar 13, 2015T.W. Lewis Foundation Provides Grant to SEED SPOT to Fund New Development Director Position

SOURCE: In Business Magazine

Mar 01, 2015Two new permanent exhibits at the Desert Botanical Garden are officially open and ready to welcome the spring blooming season

SOURCE: AZ Redbook

Jan 16, 2015TW Lewis Foundation announces support for Teach for America - Phoenix

SOURCE: Ahwatukee Foothills News

We Support the Following Organizations

Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State UniversityLewis Honors College, University of KentuckyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillAASK (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids)Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation Arizona Helping HandsGeneration JusticeJewish Family & Children's ServiceSt. Vincent de PaulFellowship of Christian AthletesThe First Tee of PhoenixGirl ScoutsGreat HeartsIndigo Impact InitiativePositive Coaching AllianceYoung LifeBanner MD Anderson Cancer CenterDesert Botanical GardenBarrow Neurological InstituteCato InstituteThe Heritage FoundationMuseum of the BibleThe Philanthropy RoundtableWitnessing History Education Foundation