John M. Bendheim, Leon Lowenstein Foundation

TITLE: Vice President

FUNDING AREAS: Education and medical research

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PROFILE: John Bendheim is vice president of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation. Here's Bendheim's bio on the Businessweek website:

Mr. John M. Bendheim serves as the President of Bendheim Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Bendheim serves as Vice President at Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. He founded Inland Homes in 1994 and has specialized in providing equity funding for real estate transactions. He works with several developers and affiliates on single family lots totaling over one thousand lots. He served as President of Benditel Incorporated from 1988 to 1994. He has owned apartments, surgery centers, office buildings, condominiums, model homes, industrial buildings, recreational vehicle parks, and convenience centers. He served as the Chairman of Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai from 2000 to 2002. He serves as a Director at Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc. He serves as an Outside Director of California Republic Bancorp. He has been a Member of Advisory Board at Mandalay Digital Group, Inc since May 4, 2012. He served as an Independent Director of Zoo Entertainment, Inc (indiePub Entertainment, Inc). from June 2008 to June 13, 2011. He served as Director of Advanced Biotherapy, Inc. from June 2000 to November 23, 2005. Mr. Bendheim serves as the Chairman of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. From 2001 to 2002, he was Executive Chairman of the International Young President Organization. He was Chairman of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular. He serves as Vice- Chairman of the Psychological Trauma Center. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Brentwood School, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Lowenstein Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, American Fidelity Corporation, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, University Of Southern California Alumni Association Board of Governors, Cedars Sinai Medical Genetics Institute- Community Advisory Board, USC Marshall School Board of Leaders, Wallace Annenberg Center For the Performing Arts, Los Angeles Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Evergreen Community School. Mr. Bendheim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1975 and an MBA in 1976 from the University of Southern California.

The Bendheim family and Leon Lowenstein are entertwined; a former chairman of M. Lowenstein Corporation, Leon Lowenstein established the foundation in 1941 and served as its chairman until he died in 1976. John Bendheim and his late brother Robert then began serving as the foundation's trustees (whose active role has now past on to their children). The foundation has more than $100 million in assets and gives to education and medical research projects.

The Leon Lowenstein Foundation maintains a low profile. It does not operate a website, and little information on previous grants is available. One of their more publicized causes is the problem of student debt. In 2006, the foundation financed a program designed to help graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business receive help with student loans in exchange for working in government agencies and non-profit organizations. In fact, that program is called the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund. New graduates, often burdened with high student loan debt, may be less likely to work at these organizations because the salaries they offer often are lower than those in the private sector.