Seasons Greetings from Michelson Philanthropies: December Newsletter

Pet Wellness Day, Inglewood, CA

Pet Wellness Day on December 9, in Inglewood, CA, where hundreds of families and pets received free services thanks to our committed team.


Seasons greetings.

During this holiday season, we extend warm wishes for happiness and good health.

Over the past year, the Michelson Center for Public Policy, together with our partners, made significant strides in supporting the enactment of laws to foster a more equitable and compassionate California.

As Michelson Philanthropies Founder and Co-Chair Dr. Gary Michelson explains, “Our commitment to resolving systemic challenges that have adversely affected too many Californians remains steadfast, particularly through our focus on higher education, universal broadband access, humane policies for pets and their families, and other critical issues.” Read about these new laws here.

In the spirit of the season, we are also pleased to share the new holiday EP by Michelson Philanthropies Co-Chair Alya Michelson. It features a collaboration with Eric Clapton singing the classic “Silent Night.” The EP is now available on all platforms. Enjoy!

Geoffrey Baum
Executive Director


Latest News

Alya Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: New EP by Alya Michelson

Michelson Philanthropies Co-Chair Alya Michelson released her new EP, “Home for Christmas,” with a special collaboration on Silent Night with music legend Eric Clapton. Listen here.

Brett Yates and Kalyna Astrinos

Michelson Found Animals Foundation CEO Brett Yates and Reporter Kalyna Astrinos.

Michelson Found Animals Foundation Featured on CBS News

Michelson Found Animals Foundation CEO Brett Yates joined Kalyna Astrinos on CBS News to explain how the Better Neighbor Project is helping people and their pets this holiday season.


Pet Wellness Day, Mayor James T. Butts Jr.

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. poses with Better Neighbor Project attendees.

Pet Wellness Day Serves Hundreds of Local Families and Pets

The Michelson Found Animals Better Neighbor Project’s Pet Wellness Day in December served hundreds of families and their furry companions who enjoyed the sunshine, free services, and love from our volunteers, staff, and partners. Thank you to Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and the LA Chargers for making it a success!

Michelson 20MM Now Accepting Smart Justice Grant Proposals

The Michelson 20MM Foundation Smart Justice funding cycle is accepting proposals from California-based nonprofits and educational institutions helping individuals and communities impacted by the criminal justice system access education, housing, and job opportunities. Grant committee members hosted an informational webinar to share funding criteria, which may be viewed here. The deadline to apply is December 20.


Dr. Kamal Mandal

Michelson Laureate Kamal Mandal, Ph.D.

Michelson Prize Laureate Dr. Kamal Mandal’s Breakthrough Research Promises New Approach for Targeting Cancer Cells

2019 Michelson Prize recipient Dr. Kamal Mandal’s research on “structural surfaceomics” was published in Nature Portfolio. The approach offers a novel method to target cancer cells and expand cellular therapies, and the findings could have potential applications for other diseases.

Michelson Found Animals Volunteer Appreciation

Better Neighbor Project Volunteers

Paws and Applause: Thank You to Our Better Neighbor Project Volunteers

Michelson Found Animals Foundation extends its heartfelt appreciation to the incredible volunteers whose dedication and selfless service are the cornerstone of the Better Neighbor Project.


Pet Ownership Disputes

Why Is It So Much More Difficult to Determine Ownership of a Kitten than a Klimt?

Michelson Philanthropies General Counsel Brian Chase explains that while the law is starting to acknowledge pets’ emotional importance beyond mere property, the current legal methods fail to handle their unique status. This gap often results in disputes over ownership, presenting both legal and emotional challenges.


2023 OpenEd Scholarship Recipients

Celebrating the 2023 OpenEd Scholarship Recipients

Michelson 20MM Foundation recently announced the 2023 Open Education Conference Scholarship Award recipients. The awardees are University of California faculty, librarians, and members of the open education community. While their expertise covers everything from Middle Eastern studies to creative writing, they are all committed to equity in education.

Leap Venture Academy Fellowship 2023

Leap Venture Studio’s Pet Care Fellowship Conducted in France

Leap Venture Studio offered its Pet Care Fellowship program in Montpelier, France in November. The event for international startups featured immersive programming, expert speakers, and networking opportunities, giving promising entrepreneurs and innovators the tools to propel their businesses to new heights.


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Dec 21, 2023 | Michelson Philanthropies, News