OVERVIEW: Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation works to strengthen the State of Israel and its special ties with the United States of America, and to ensure the special affinity to the State of Israel of the young and future Jewish generations.
IP TAKE: The foundation specifically focuses on training students and young professionals to identify with their Jewish roots, connect with the State of Israel, ignite their Jewish pride, and provide them with facts and the knowledge to advocate for the State of Israel and the Jewish people in their communities.
PROFILE: The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF) was established in 2000 by Israel born real estate investor Adam Milstein and his wife Gila, both based in Encino, California. It seeks to “instill pride and courage in the Jewish People, to strengthen the U.S.- Israel unique alliance, as well as combat bigotry and hatred of all forms in the United States of America.” Adam Milstein is a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a private commercial real estate investment firm.
MFF supports organizations that focus on “Combating Antisemitism & Anti-Israel Activity on College & University Campuses; Connecting Non-Israeli Americans with the State of Israel; Health & Medical; Israeli-American & Jewish Community Services; Jewish & Israel Education; Media Accuracy & Non-Governmental Organization Monitoring; Policy Research & Democratic Think Tanks; State of Israel Legitimacy & Support and Youth & Young Professional Engagement & Outreach.” MFF also collaborates with Hasbara Fellowships, a leading pro-Israel campus activism organization working with universities across North America, and approves scholarships up to $1,000.
Milstein co-founded the Israeli-American Council, which seeks to "build an engaged and united Israeli-American community that strengthens the Israeli and Jewish identity of our next generation, the American Jewish community, and the bond between the peoples of the United States and the State of Israel." The couple supports Israeli-American Council via MFF.
Grants range from $400 to $100,000. In one fiscal year, the foundation made grants of around $870,400. Past grantees include Stand By Me, which provides emotional and physical support to Jewish-Israeli-American cancer patients in Los Angeles (Gila, president of Stand By Me, lost her own mother to the disease); Hillel 818; Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; Friends of IDF (Adam served in the IDF); Heschel Day School; Jewish Community Children's Choir; Yula Boys School; and Jewish Jumpstart.
MFF does not accept unsolicited grant applications. Prior to making contact, MFF encourages grantseekers to review the foundation's mission statement and read its Newsroom tab. There are two application deadlines every year: December 31st and June 30th.
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