How Adam Milstein Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy

Adam Milstein

With decades of experience in the for-profit and non-profit worlds, Adam Milstein has arisen as America’s most prominent pro-Israel philanthropists.

Israel is in his heart, his soul, and his blood. Born and raised in Haifa, Milstein joined the IDF and served in the Yom Kippur War. Following his graduation from the Technion, he moved to the U.S. in 1981 with his wife and growing family to pursue his postsecondary education at the University of Southern California’s business school.

After establishing himself as one of the Los Angeles area’s premier real estate investment managers, Milstein and his wife founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation to provide charitable and philanthropic services to a wide range of organizations that work to strengthen the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the U.S.–Israel relationship.

Over the years, Milstein has made a name for himself as an authority on advocacy and philanthropy, leveraging his expertise in consulting, partnership development, and fundraising to support programs in the areas of Jewish education, Jewish continuity, and pro-Israel advocacy. His unique philanthropic philosophy goes beyond simple financial support: a hands-on approach incorporates the lessons and skills he has learned to ensure partner organizations attain new levels of efficiency and influence.

By committing to “active philanthropy,” Milstein, the Milstein Family Foundation, and its staff dedicate not only financial support, but also significant time and expertise to every organization, program, and project that they partner with. The foundation works to create “philanthropic synergies” by connecting like-minded non-profit organizations to work together towards shared goals and thus amplify their impact. By fostering a culture of cooperation and collaboration in the Israeli activist community, Milstein and the Milstein Family Foundation are creating pragmatic partnerships that allow pro-Israel organizations to reach a wider audience with a more profound impact than could ever be achieved individually.

The Milstein Family Foundation’s focus on “life path impact” is another key factor in Milstein’s rise as an authority on impactful philanthropy. Milstein systematically seeks out, funds, and develops organizations to ensure that the members of their target audience will be engaged throughout their lives. Programs are tailored for childhood, adolescence, and the different phases of adulthood, which enables organizations to maintain a deep and continuous connection with Jewish and Israeli Americans beginning at the age of two.

Now that Milstein has established himself as a fixture and thought leader in the non-profit world, he is spreading his hard-earned wisdom through several channels—sharing his insights with a wide base of supporters. The Adam Milstein Podcast features conversations with elected officials and policymakers, thinkers, artists, and activists who are on the front lines and behind-the-scenes as leaders in the pro-Israel, Israeli-American, and Jewish-American communities.

The podcast has featured guests including Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, and film and television producer, Haim Saban, and national radio talk show host, columnist, and author, Dennis Prager. In a conversation with Yair Lapid, the founder and Chairman of Israel’s Yesh Atid party and Israel’s former Finance Minister, Milstein prompted a discussion that gave English-speakers the unique chance to hear one of Israel’s prominent and rising politicians offer detailed insights on a range of issues—including Israel’s greatest threats, media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, how to defeat BDS, and the best ways to engage young adults in the political movement.

Milstein and his foundation have an enormous impact on American Jewish life and in strengthening the relationship between Jewish Americans and Israel. He is one of the most prominent Israeli-Americans of our time, and his unique philanthropic philosophy has amplified the pro-Israel message and fostered a culture of cooperation between pro-Israel organizations across the United States.


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