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The Philanthropy of Adam Milstein

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A highly successful real estate developer in Southern California, Adam Milstein was born in Israel. He served in the Israeli Defense Force during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and later earned a degree in 1978 from the Israel Institute of Technology. Adam Milstein furthered his education after he immigrated to the United States in the early 1980’s by earning an MBA from the University of Southern California.


Both and American and Israeli patriot, Adam Milstein has long supported a variety of causes meant to strengthen the bonds between the nations of the United States and Israel through the organization he and his wife founded, The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF). Through his support of various initiatives and his own programs, Adam Milstein has fought against antisemitism on college campuses, connected Americans with Israel, and advanced education in both the United States and Israel.

Although he had been a philanthropist for decades, he dramatically expanded his giving after he achieved financial success roughly 15 years ago and was able to rethink how achievement is defined. Adam Milstein describes himself as an “active philanthropist,” which means that he doesn’t just write checks to organizations, he also becomes personally involved in shaping agendas and futures. He helps with marketing, strategy, content and much more. At the same time, he never steps on the toes of any of the groups he supports.

Lessons Learned

He takes the lessons he has learned in business and applies them to his philanthropy work by striving to eliminate redundancy and carefully considering all possible angles and strategies in order to reach intelligent decisions. A connector, he creates synergies between the organizations he works with and rolls up his sleeves and contributes sweat equity on his own.

As an Isreali-American, Adam Milstein is vitally concerned that Jewish Americans feel a connection with Israel, and he is especially committed to making sure that a bond exists between the two countries for generations into the future. In short, he is a philanthropist who puts his money where his mouth is and then some.