Adam Milstein is an influential philanthropistwho is the chairman of the Israeli-American Council. He devotes his activities towards raising “Israeliness” among American Jews. He is involved in a multitude of other charitable activities, nearly all of which are aimed towards supporting Israel or helping the Jewish community.
Adam Milstein is a native of Haifa, Israel, who came to the United States in 1981 to study for a Master of Business Administration degree at U.C.L.A. After he received his degree, he elected to remain in the U.S. to pursue his business career. He rose through the ranks to become the managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a company that focuses on acquiring underperforming or otherwise aging assets, and renovates or repurposes the property. There, he has management responsibility for the firm’s financing, disposition and property management activities.
Adam Milstein co-founded the Israeli-American Council in 2007. Currently, he serves as chairman of the board. The Israeli-American Council aims to strengthen ties between Israel and the American Jewish community, as worldwide Jewish support for Israel is critical to its long-term success as a country. American Jews have a longstanding and solid track record of support for Israel. The Israeli-American Council has regional directors spread throughout the U.S. whose responsibility it is to provide programming for the communities in which they are based. Its recent gala celebrating its 10th anniversaryraised over $16 million, as billionaire philanthropists Sheldon and Miriam Adelson pledged $10 million dollars to the organization.
Adam Milstein works on behalf of a myriad of other non-profit organizations. His wife, Gila, started Stand By Me, a foundation aimed at assisting Israeli-American cancer patients. He has also established the Donor Forum, where philanthropists personally get to hear pitches from non-profits that seek donations. Organizations are able to make a 15-minute presentation directly to philanthropists over lunch. All presenters are Jewish charities that have to pass a pre-screening in order to appear before the Donor Forum. This method of charitable giving is both innovative and responsible, as it allows for a personal connection between donor and donee.
As the topic of human rights is a relevant topic, it is best to mention that there is one individual in particular who has become quite troublesome for oppressive tyrants. This individual is Thor Halvorssen who is the founder of the Human Rights Foundation which was officially established in 2005 and is currently based in New York City. This nonprofit organization has vowed to protect the rights of humans globally and to especially focus on closed societies such as North Korea. Not only does this organization spread human rights, but this organization also spreads education about living in a liberal democracy. Thor Halvorssen, as a human rights activist and as an educator firmly believes that his organization has a duty to promote freedom all around the world. Every day rights that many people experience should be universal and should never cause anyone harm or even grief.
The Human Rights Foundation seeks to raise awareness of the nature of human rights and how some individuals around the world are never able to experience them. The initiatives of this foundation include campaigns to free political prisoners, encourage on-ground education in closed societies, as well as give individual rights seminars on Capitol Hill. Those who work at this foundation are not only willing to go to the oppressive country, but they are willing to risk their freedom or their lives to ensure the long-term safety of others. As a “classical liberal” Thor Halvorssen is completely devoted to helping others learn what it is truly like to be free.
As a nonprofit organization, The Human Rights Foundation is not government affiliated and receives many donations from individuals, foundations, as well as from corporations who believe in this foundation’s initiative. Every single donation that is given to the foundation endorses the missions the the employees go on. As the son and the grandson of human rights activists, Thor Halvorssen has been able to fill some big shoes. Not only has he been beaten, thrown into jail, but Halvorssen has also had many death threats. All of this he would gladly do again to ensure universal freedom.
Billions of people all around the world and in every country suffer from injustices and deplorable human rights mistreatment everyday. From children to the elderly, no one is immune from the tyrannies of dictatorships, greedy governments, and regimes that seek only power. This power is often built on the backs of those less fortunate.
Even though the mistreatment of humans is a deplorable act, there are many groups and organizations out there trying to help those who suffer. Groups like Amnesty International or the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) seek to try and help people. Sometimes it is through demonstrations while other times it is publishing information to bring awareness about situations of human rights mistreatment.
The HRF was founded by a very strong advocate of human rights, Thor Halverssen. Thor descends from both royalty and politicians with roots from Norway and Venezuela. He founded the organization HRF in 2005. The HRF seeks to protect human rights in every country with no disregard for political position or standing.
Those who belong are not passive activist. Many have been imprisoned or even beaten by police or other sovereign authorities in efforts to demonstrate or carry a message of injustice from those less fortunate. Thor Halverssen is often leading the charge by example and is no stranger to danger himself as he has endured physical altercations trying to get the truth of inhumane treatment in different countries.
One of the biggest human injustices is the pain and suffering of North Koreans. Halverssen’s group HRF work tirelessly to help free the North Koreans, through information. HRF seeks to free their minds, from the lies they have been fed their whole lives. HRF tries to smuggle, through various means of information, across the border using giant slingshots, helium balloons, or just smuggling contraband into the country. According to this Buzzfeed article, the hope is that the people of North Korea will learn that they do not have to live that way, and suffer the way they have for 70 years. Halverssen and HRF members continue to smuggle contraband into North Korea even under threats of death from the dictator’s regime.
The 21st century still sees people in certain societies living under the oppressive rule of corrupt leaders and officials despite the best efforts of activists and campaigners from various groups. One of the most active, and best known human rights activism groups in the world is the Human Rights Foundation; despite only being formed in 2005 by film producer and activist Thor Halvorssen the charitable organization has become one of the most active in the world of human rights.
Thor Halvorssen has been an active participant in the fight for the rights of the oppressed for many years before forming his own group. The work of Halvorssen was inspired by the experiences of his own parents facing a loss of their own human rights in their native Venezuela when Thor was a younger person. After joining a number of different human rights groups Thor Halvorssen finally felt ready to establish the Human Rights Foundation in 2005, basing the organization in New York city.
The work of Thor Halvorssen is not limited to the human rights activism he takes part in, but also includes his career as a film producer of documentary and fiction films. Throughout his career Halvorssen has included subjects close to his heart in his work, such as the popular uprising in Hungary of 1956 that was the subject of an early documentary. Success has followed for Thor Halvorssen, who is now one of the most sought after producers in Hollywood.
The work of the Human Rights Foundation shows the successful approach Halvorssen has taken to producing each and every project he is involved in. Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is not working alone in the Human Rights Foundation, but is instead looking to create an organization filled with those experienced in handling human rights issues. The board of the Human Rights Foundation includes a number of former political prisoners, religious leaders, and former politicians with spotless records.