Adam Milstein, co-founder and National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, is a generous philanthropist with a big heart. He received his MBA from USC in 1981 and is now a managing partner at Hager Properties. He estimates that he spends 90 percent of his time involved in different philanthropic pursuits and has discovered that this brings lots of happiness into his life. His wife, Gila, and himself meet with hundreds of philanthropic organizations every month to better understand each of their purposes. This helps Adam Milstein to know where to best invest his time, energy, and money.
Adam Milstein has learned over the course of his working career and philanthropic career that giving to others is just as joyful for the donor as it is for the person who receives the giving. He wishes more people would get into philanthropy but also has a healthy respect for those who are already doing all they can to help other people out. As a recent recipient of being named one of the 200 Most Influential Do-Gooders in the World, Adam is humbled and happy to be included. He feels like his work for others not only helps people out but also has lead to many unexpected friendships and partnerships that have furthered his own life, as well.
Adam Milstein has set up three guiding principles for the Milstein Family Foundation to follow when taking part in philanthropy. The first of the three is “Active Philanthropy,” which speaks to the fact that organizations need more than money, because they also benefit greatly from people investing their time, resources, ideas, and expertise. The second principle of “Life Path Impact” means that philanthropic organizations that Adam Milstein chooses to participate with engage the recipient throughout their young age through their adult years in an ongoing effort. The third principle, “Philanthropic Synergy” means that Adam Milstein works to connect several organizations together so that their joint efforts will help people even more.
Adam Milstein is a board member of many different groups and among them are the Jewish Funders Network, AIPAC National Council, AISH Los Angeles, Israel on Campus Coalition, StandWithUs, and the Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel. His wife, Gila, and Adam also work together as co-founders of Sifriyat Pijama B’America, which offers up free books on a monthly basis written in Hebrew that teach Jewish values to over 15,000 Israeli-Jewish-American families in the U.S.A.