Adam Milstein is a philanthropist who acknowledges that he has worked with many non-profit organizations and learned that philanthropy is not just about giving money but also ensuring that your giving makes an impact. To him, there are three principles he has learned towards being an effective philanthropist.
To begin with, Adam Milstein believes that philanthropic work is a labor that should be done out of love. He does not refer to his philanthropy as work since he does this out of passion. He feels satisfied with his charity works, and he is motivated to give more since it is a life time blessing. He insists that it is important to focus your energy on a particular area.
Secondly, Milstein believes in staying focused and finding synergies. He has identified the causes he is passionate about and focuses his attention on them. He posits that by picking a few primary causes, philanthropists develops expertise and impacts more. He insists on the importance of non-profit organizations coming together to develop synergies rather than competing. This always amplifies their impact where their money and time is also utilized well.
Lastly, Adam Milstein advises that philanthropists should put all their money, time, connections, talent, and expertise in advancing the mission of the non-profit organizations that they support. This notion he refers to as active philanthropy. In his Gila Milstein Family Foundation, they find synergies with other like-minded organizations to multiply the impacts.
About Adam Milstein
Adam Milstein is a Jew who co-founded the Israeli-American Council (IAC) that aims at strengthening Israelites, Jews, and the US-Israel relationship. IAC is the fastest growing Jewish organization in the US. IAC has ten regional councils and has active volunteers in the 27 states of America. Milstein is also the managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties and sits on the board of several top organizations.
Adam Milstein was born in 1952 in Haifa. He is married to Gila whom they together moved to California in 1981. They have three daughters. In 2000, Milstein and his family established Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation, an organization aimed at strengthening Israel and its unique connection with the US and emphasize on Jewish identity.