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The Bradley Sonnenberg Legacy Fund was created by Andrea, Glenn, Jake and Lauren Sonnenberg in memory of our son and brother.
Bradley touched every person he met. As a friend, he was kind and compassionate even as he was hard on himself. As a brother, he was a steady companion who laughed often and listened thoughtfully. As a son, he was devoted and loving. He was engaged in the lives of those with whom he was close and was inquisitive about the lives of others.
From the moment Bradley was born, he was exceptional in the unexpected way in which he approached everything. He was a complicated young man, who was both a deep thinker and an aficionado of sophomoric comedy. His appreciation of music, art, and literature spanned multiple genres. Among his favorites were artist Mark Rothko, author Albert Camus, and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Bradley wrote poetry, sang, acted, read 1000 page tomes and was able to capture their essence and transmit that meaning to others. In high school he starred in all the musicals, playing Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Mark in Rent. He didn't just play a character - he inhabited it - researching and purchasing the perfect prop for each show. But while he shined in the escape of performance, it was the real world, without a script, that was daunting.
Bradley's great strength as an adult was understanding people. Getting beneath and beyond the superficial to create moments - sometimes painful ones - where he could find connection. That meant you always got honesty talking to Bradley. He got to know people genuinely and authentically. He was intolerant of small talk, posturing, and insincerity. In just a short exchange, he could learn and relate to a person's most intimate challenges.
A book on loss and mourning describes how we feel facing the world without Bradley: "A single person is missing and the whole world feels empty." Despite our horrible loss, we find comfort in acknowledging the great fortune that befell all of us who knew him. We are blessed for the nearly 22 years we had together and for the ways in which he interacted with and shaped us all.
Bradley passed away on December 13, 2017, due to prescription drug interactions. Bradley took a particular interest in the challenges faced by others and was supportive of their struggles. We choose to honor Bradley by working toward understanding the critical issue of mental health, stopping its stigmatization and providing resources to help others manage and overcome it. Funds contributed to The Bradley Sonnenberg Legacy Fund will be used to support organizations that share these objectives.
Your tax-deductible donation to The Foundation will be credited to the Bradley Sonnenberg Legacy Fund to support 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations recommended by Andrea, Glenn, Jake and Lauren Sonnenberg.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles ("Foundation") is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Foundation are tax-deductible. The Foundation's tax identification number is 95-6111928.
Family and friends ("Advisers") created this charitable Donor Advised Fund ("Fund") at The Foundation in honor or in memory of a loved one(s). Fund Advisers and their families may not personally benefit, nor direct specific individuals to benefit, from the Fund. Advisers may recommend grants from the Fund to 501(c)3 nonprofits, Jewish or otherwise, locally, nationally and in Israel. The Foundation legally controls the Fund and vets all grantees. View or download information about Donor Advised Funds.
Tax receipts for online donations are available immediately via email and download. Credit card donations incur a convenience fee of 3%, although the entire credit card donation amount is tax-deductible. For example, for a $100 credit card donation, $97 will go to the Fund, $3 will pay our processing vendor and $100 will be listed as a tax-deductible donation on your tax receipt. If you prefer to donate via check or donate securities or other assets, view Giving.
Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with its donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.