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Our Purpose

The purpose of the T.W. Lewis Foundation is to help children and families in need, impact youth through Christian education, support civic minded causes in our community, strengthen America, and build God's kingdom.


  • We believe in the traditional American values of faith, family, and freedom.
  • We believe in fostering the growth of Judeo-Christian values.
  • We believe in building relationships with people we serve.
  • We believe in leading by example and inspiring generosity in others.
  • We believe in measuring the impact of our gifts.
  • We believe in supporting organizations that are effective, receptive, and grateful.
  • We believe in having a plan and setting goals for our gifts.
  • We believe in supporting organizations that want to reach their potential.
  • We believe in giving a portion of the need and for a limited amount of time.
  • We believe in helping others with our work, wisdom, wealth, and witness.

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.

In 2000, Tom and his wife, Jan, formed T.W. Lewis Foundation. T.W. Lewis Foundation supports higher education, children and families in need, youth education and a variety of other community charities. T.W. Lewis Foundation has provided college scholarships for over 200 outstanding students to attend some of America's best universities. In 2015, Tom and Jan made a gift to establish the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky, and in 2017 made a gift to establish the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.

Tom received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and his Master's in Business Administration 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.


Grant Application

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T.W. Lewis Foundation Gives $3 Million to Expand Melanoma Center of Excellence

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Barrow Establishes Lewis Headache Center with Generous Gift from Jan and Tom Lewis

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Tom Lewis Interview in Philanthropy Magazine

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America's Biggest Issues: Conservatism vs Progressivism

America's Biggest Issues: Health Care

America's Biggest Issues: Immigration

America's Biggest Issues: Religious Liberty

Americas Biggest Issues: Marriage

America's Biggest Issues: Education

America's Biggest Issues: Environment

America's Biggest Issues: Spending

America's Biggest Issues: Welfare

America's Biggest Issues: Election Integrity

T.W. Lewis is pleased with their funding to the Heritage Foundation for several short educational videos on America's Biggest Issues. Learn more about health care, immigration, spending, election integrity, education, and more.

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Lifestyles Magazine - Tom Lewis Values Proposition Article

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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

We Support the Following Organizations

Lewis Honors College, University of KentuckyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillArizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation Arizona Helping HandsFresh Start Women's FoundationPhoenix Rescue MissionSt. Vincent De PaulGilbert Christian SchoolsNorthwest Christian SchoolScottsdale Christian AcademyValley Christian SchoolsChristian Student FellowshipFoundation for Economic EducationDream City ChurchYoung America's FoundationYoung LifeBanner MD Anderson Cancer CenterBarrow Neurological InstituteChildren's Museum of PhoenixDesert Botanical GardenThe Sandra Day O'Connor InstituteValleywise Health FoundationPANDAAmerican Legislative Exchange CouncilAlliance Defending FreedomConservative Partnership InstituteAmerica First Policy InstituteState Policy NetworkThe Heritage FoundationMuseum of the BiblePragerU