Adam Milstein has made his millions in real estate deals as the Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, but his biggest mark has been in philanthropy coming from his pro-Israel action committee, the Israeli-American Council (IAC). He made number 39 in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews thanks not only to his financial gifts but also for his work in bringing together Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban whose political ideologies have been starkly different, to tackle issues related to defeating antisemitism. But Milstein also told the Huffington Post more about why he’s been so successful in philanthropy.
According to Adam Milstein, there’s three ways by which you can make philanthropy work by pouring your time and money into it. First, he says you have to look at philanthropy not as work but as an avenue for which you can see the things your most passionate about come to pass. Second, Milstein says you don’t have to worry about focusing on many philanthropies at once, but rather on the ones that matter the most to you and find ways they can work with other similar groups. And finally he says the best ways to make philanthropy happen is to be actively involved with it, something he and his wife Gila have done consistently.
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel in 1952 and grew up to be a lifelong supporter of his native land. In the 1970s he served in the Israeli Defense Forces including during the Yom Kippur War, and then after that began his educational endeavors. After graduating from both the Technion in Haifa and then a master’s program at the University of Southern California, Milstein went into commercial real estate brokering and co-founded Hager Pacific Properties. He and Gila started the Milstein Family Foundation in 2000 under which emerged the IAC, StandWithUs, Students Supporting Israel and many other groups.