About Michelson Philanthropies

Our Approach

Michelson Philanthropies is a group of privately funded operating foundations that directly work to create transformative opportunities through grantmaking, impact investments, advocacy, and strategic partnerships that support vulnerable and underserved communities. Reflecting the passions of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson, Michelson Philanthropies operates to catalyze transformative change and create a positive impact to a host of challenges in California and beyond.

Catalytic Grantmaking

Working Programs

Impact Investing


Our Network

Michelson Philanthropies is comprised of four private operating foundations

Our People

We believe our responsibility is to leave the world a better place than we found it