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Leadership Circle

Sharing Lessons of Stellar Leadership
Shedding Light on a Changing Region


Through its Leadership Circle, the George Brown Legacy Project (GBLP) will invest in the Inland Region and in use of the George Brown archives for problem-solving on pressing issues facing Inland communities.


GBLP will make an annual award of $1,000 each to a continuing undergraduate (sophomore, junior, or senior) or graduate (MA/MS or PhD) student at UC Riverside and CSU-San Bernardino.

The award will support scholarship addressing 3 areas of research, analysis, or public policy of particular interest to Congressman George Brown (1920–1999):
Diversity, economic equity, and the environment in the Inland Region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Topics may include access to science and technology by under-represented communities, public representation by women, people of color, and LGBT, religious minority, and native people; changes in the labor force and integration of immigrants and immigrant families; and wildlife protection, water, and waste policies.

Two other goals of the award are:

Retention in the region of students and young people from diverse and long-ignored populations and on-ramps for these scholars to civic and professional opportunities.

Recognition of contributions to the economy, innovation, sustainability, and overall community life of the Inland Region by long-ignored populations.

Criteria for selection of finalists include:

  • Completed letter of application for the award;

  • Demonstrated work in 1 of the 3 areas of research, analysis, and public policy supported by the scholarship or advocacy or public service closely tied to those areas;

  • Continued presence in San Bernardino or Riverside counties;

  • Awareness of the life, values, public service, and impact of Congressman George Brown; and

  • Financial need for support to continue or fulfill a current or planned project.

About the Leadership Circle

Recognition of finalists will occur each March, in honor of Brown’s birthday

on March 6, and will launch in Summer 2022, as part of the ongoing commemoration of the George E. Brown centennial in 2020.

Each annual award will begin at $1,000, paid for by interest on an endowment.

Sponsorship Levels:

All gifts are tax-deductible, payable to George E. Brown Fund/IE Community Foundation (IECF). For more information, please call GBLP director Hans Johnson at 202-329-7202 or

Keep George's Legacy Alive

Here are some ways you can donate:

In Person

Inland Empire Community Foundation Riverside Office
3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92501


Go to:
And choose: George E. Brown Fund 

Over the Phone

It's easy to donate offline, too.

Call Project Director Hans Johnson:


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