Realizing Human Potential
Founded in 1982 by Michael and Lowell Milken, the Milken Family Foundation’s core inspiration is to unlock the power of human potential. The mission—to empower people to help themselves and those around them live productive, satisfying lives—has directed our efforts for three decades and continues to be our guiding principle.
Celebrating, Elevating and Activating our Nation's Educators
Every year, the Milken Family Foundation rewards America's most effective educators with the surprise of a lifetime when they are publically honored with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award—one of education's most prestigious recognitions!
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We're Making News!
Whether spotlighting educators or inspiring innovators, the Milken Family Foundation is making headlines. Leveraging the power of the media to help individuals impact multitudes, we strive to shine the spotlight on people who are already making a difference and have a lot to offer a greater audience.
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2013 Jewish Educator Awards
Executive VP Richard Sandler and BJE Executive Director Dr. Gil Graff traveled to four L.A.-area Jewish schools to surprise educators with $15,000 awards for their outstanding contributions to the minds and lives of students. Meet them in our press release.
2013 International Discovery Awards
The Lowell Milken Center 2013 Discovery Award First Place $10,000 prize was presented to Chris Waugaman and his students for their Unsung Heroes project "We are Newspapermen." See the press release and photos.
2013–14 Milken Educator Awards Notifications Begin
This year, nearly 40 extraordinary educators around the country will be honored with the Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 check. Get the full story in our newsroom.