Adam Milstein is a well-known philanthropist whose mission is to maintain the strength of the State of Israel and the foreign relations to Israel. He is a member of the IAC (Israeli American Council), which is based in California and whose main mission it is to maintain the connection between the Israeli-American community and those who identify as Jews in the U.S. The IAC has proclaimed to be one of the fastest growing Jewish organizations in the U.S. under Adam Milstein’s leadership.
Below are descriptions of Adam Milstein’s three secrets to being an effective philanthropist:
- Philanthropic work shouldn’t feel like work. This means that the most effective philanthropists tend to pick a charity that they are passionate about and stick with it. This can allow the charity to grow as it is designed to rather than having to put most of their focus on the fundraising.
- Stay focused but also seek out synergies. In other words, instead of giving partial attention to various causes, pick one to a few and stick to seek out ways to diversify them instead. Be careful not to treat them as social clubs but instead, connect with many like-minded organizations (such as the IAC and StandWithUs) and focus on bringing them together.
- Doing the dirty work is not enough, you have to be willing to help promote them to larger society. It’s not just bringing like-minded organizations together, writing the check, or advancing the charity’s mission behind the scenes. It also means being willing to be a public spokesperson for the charity as well. This can entail anything from advertisements to speaking with investors.
Adam Milstein is from Hafia. He and his wife, Gila moved to California in the early 1980’s where he became one of the most sought out real estate agents. Adam Milstein is now a co-manager of Hagar Pacific properties which specializes in retail, office, industrial, commercial and multi-family properties. In 2000, Adam and Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation, which encourages Jewish youths to identify with their roots and connect with the Israeli community.