Richtopia calls Adam Milstein one of the 200 Most Influential Do-Gooders in the World based on his influential Facebook and Twitter accounts. Milstein is a leading philanthropist who shares his honor with other prominent benefactors, including Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and J.K. Rowling. Chair of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) and currently involved with StandWithUs, the Israel on Campus Coalition and other organizations, Milstein said “My philanthropic work is one of the most important and gratifying parts of my life, and I am honored to be included among so many leaders in this field.”
Milstein’s giving is primarily done through the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, where he focuses on supporting charities that empower the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Milstein told the Jewish News Service that he prefers to contribute money to groups that will work together, even when they are seemingly unlikely partners.
Adam Milstein also likes to practice what he calls active philanthropy. He does not simply write checks, gives his time as well, supervising programs and introducing organizations to one another. When Milstein moved to the United States in 1981, philanthropy was new to him; however, his business partner introduced him to the concept of giving 10 percent of his income to charity. At first, Milstein simply gave to the same organizations that his business partner did, however, he eventually began choosing organizations carefully. Once Milstein started this, he decided to start creating programs that would allow his donation to make a significant impact for the cause. This is how Milstein became an influential do-gooder.