One of the leaders in pro-Israel American politics and society, Adam Milstein is the co-founder of the Israeli-American Council in Los Angeles in 2007. Still a chairman of the board he has helped the organization expand to twelve different regions covering the United States.
He and his Gila are the founders of the Milstein Family Foundation, which helps connect Americans with Jewish heritage to their heritage and to Israel. Gila Milstein herself founded the organization Stand By Me, which is dedicated to helping Israeli-Americans battling cancer. The two spend much of their time helping various Jewish non-profits and charities operating by dedicating their knowledge and experience in a hands-on fashion quite freely.
With so many charities to help fund, Adam Milstein is trying to tackle the problem of keeping revenue flowing where it is needed. To this end he formed the Donor Forum. The Donor Forum seeks to help both non-profits and donors alike by allowing the charities to make quick, 15-minute presentations directly to the donors.
By promoting this direct interaction between donor and charity Adam Milstein allows both parties to interact and get to know one another, fostering a better sense of the trust in the people running the charity. It also helps cut down on the lengthy time most charities have to wait for their donations. Since it can take months or even years for promised charity funding to get where it needs, Adam Milstein wanted to “cut out the middle man” so to speak and allow donors to give directly to charities they want to support.
To be a member of the Donor Forum you must promise to give $10,000 a year to the charities that present to them. This makes sure that not only does the money go directly to the charity, but that there will be donations on a regular basis.
Presenters are selected by a committee that screens them to make sure they are doing what they say they are doing with donation money and then selects those presenter based on perceived need. If this method works more charities may adopt the process.