Adam Milstein Gives Back

Adam Milstein is an influential philanthropist who 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 anniversary raised 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.

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