"Philanthropy is much more than charity – it’s a profound commitment to understanding the needs of society, and then rolling up your sleeves to help get it done."

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute

Current Areas of Focus


Advancing medical solutions

Strengthening public health systems

Building robust education models

Protecting environmental assets

Closing the 21st century skills gap


The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) believes philanthropy has the opportunity and obligation to take on big risks to test bold ideas. We conduct deep due diligence across a range of issue areas, promote creative and well-informed giving
strategies, and advise families and foundations on where and how to channel their philanthropy to maximize a return on their investment.

Milken Global Conference 2017

Supercharge the Search for Cures: Medical Philanthropists Reinvent Giving to Get Results

Leverage: How Philanthropies Use New Tools to Create Change

Mission Driven: How NextGen Leaders Use Business Tools to Create Social Change

Seeding Change: A New Dynamism in Philanthropy

A Ticking Timebomb: The Need to Invest in Research on Neurodegenerative Disease

Cara Altimus, associate director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy, appeared on Al Jazeera NewsGrid to speak about Alzheimer's.

Kidney failure is an irreversible disease in which the kidneys can no longer support life. To live, patients suffering from kidney failure must initiate treatment to replace kidney function through dialysis or kidney transplantation.

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