NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Malrite Communications Group
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Arts & Culture, Israel Advocacy, Religious & Community Organizations
OVERVIEW: Milton Maltz and his wife Tamar support the local Ohio Jewish community and set up the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage outside of Cleveland last decade. The couple also spends time in Florida and a component of their philanthropy involves that region as well as Arizona. The Maltzes also support organizations that work for Israel. While their family foundation has a website, it is rather limited. It does state, however, that unsolicited proposals are not accepted.
BACKGROUND: Milton Maltz received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. Maltz actually began his broadcast career as a child actor on radio and television, and went on to write, produce and direct The Fight for Freedom, a series of radio programs that chronicled the struggle to create Israel. He founded Malrite Communitcations Group in 1956 and served as its chairman and CEO until the company was sold in 1998. Malrite became one of the most successful operators of radio and television properties in the country.
FUNDING PROFILE: In 2005, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio, opened its doors. The mission of the museum is to "introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience." Maltz and his wife Tamar continue to support the museum via their family foundation. The couple has also supported American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Outside of arts and culture, the Maltz family also earmarks sums for Jewish educational institutions. Grantees have included American Israel Education Foundation, which "supports select educational programs," and Fuchs Mizrachi School, an Orthodox Jewish college prep school in Beachwood, Ohio. It's worth mentioning that Tamar Maltz taught Hebrew at the Fairmount Temple Hebrew Schools in Cleveland.
The couple also gives grants to organizations that work for/in Israel. They've supported Friends of Israel Defense Forces; the Negev Foundation, a Cleveland based nonprofit that "promotes the agricultural development and economic sustainability of the Negev Desert in Israel;" among others. The couple are strongly involved with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Some of this work includes support of the Israel Emergency Assistance Fund.
The couple also helps fund local community organizations and religious institutions. These include Cedar Road Synagogue in Beachwood, OH, the Cleveland Hillel Foundation and Temple-Tifereth Israel. While a lot of this work is based in Ohio, the couple also gives grants to outfits in Florida and Arizona. The Maltzes have strongly supported Congregation Or Chadash in Arizona. They've also supported Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, among others. The couple has a home in Palm Beach Gardens ,and frequents the region during the colder months.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect this couple to stick to their established regions of interest.