The 2022 Impact Report: Redefining Philanthropy

After revolutionizing animal welfare and challenging the textbook monopoly, what’s next for Michelson Philanthropies?

Inside the Impact Report

Learn about innovative programs, catalytic grantmaking, impact investments, and effective public advocacy across our network of foundations, which include the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, the Michelson 20MM Foundation, and the Michelson Center for Public Policy, our 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that propels positive and lasting change through meaningful collaboration with elected officials, government agencies, and civic leaders.

As a network of private operating foundations, Michelson Philanthropies creates transformative opportunities, makes impact investments, and fosters strategic partnerships that support vulnerable and underserved communities. Reflecting the passions of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson, Michelson Philanthropies catalyzes sustainable, scalable, replicable solutions to a host of challenges facing society.


$9.2 million

raised by 600 animal welfare agencies with the help of Michelson Found Animals.

300,000+ Pets

Michelson Found Animals has helped reunite pets with their families.

$6 million

of savings for students at one college using Open Educational Resources.

The 2021 Michelson Prizes Human Vaccine Project grant winners


is awarded annually to early-career researchers by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation.

leap venture pet care startup cohort

64 Percent

of Michelson Impact Ventures portfolio companies have diverse ownership.

20,000+ Students

have taken Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property’s free intellectual property course.

View the 2021 Impact Report

Through the 2021 Impact Report, Michelson Philanthropies offers a window into the diverse areas in which the foundations are engaged. Dr. Gary K. Michelson’s commitment to “make the world a little less unfair” connects the programs and initiatives of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, Michelson 20MM Foundation, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, and Michelson Center for Public Policy.