Michelson Philanthropies is a unique network of nonprofit foundations linked by a powerful vision to achieve measurable, positive impact in our community, state, nation, and world.  Our team of curious, creative, energetic and mission-driven individuals are focused in four areas: animal welfare, education and equity, intellectual property, and medical research. We take a multifaceted approach to tackle challenges, including catalytic grantmaking, operating programs, impact investing, and energetic advocacy. 

With generous annual support from co-chairs Alya and Gary Michelson, Michelson Philanthropies is a well-funded organization that takes pride in bringing together great minds from diverse backgrounds to foster sustainable, scalable, replicable solutions to massive problems. Our culture and work environment sets us apart from traditional nonprofits and inspires our talented team to create innovative ideas and solutions to complex programs and initiatives. Our creative office suites are located on the westside and downtown Los Angeles.



 Our Foundations


Job Postings


Controller | Michelson Philanthropies

Director, Digital Marketing and Communications | Michelson Philanthropies

Investment Analyst | Michelson Philanthropies

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Digital Equity Program Manager | Michelson 20MM Foundation


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Sr. Director, Programs | Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Marketing & Communications Manager | Michelson Found Animals Foundation

What our people are saying


“Working for Michelson Found Animals has been an incredibly unique and rewarding experience. As an Adopt & Shop employee, I get to see first-hand and participate in the lifesaving work we do every day. I also get to meet and spend time with our amazing shelter pets before they find their forever homes! This is by far the best job I’ve ever had and I look forward to many more years with MFA.”

— Natasha, Operations Manager, MFA

“One of the most fulfilling things for me is seeing animals grow and flourish into healthy and adoptable pets. At Adopt & Shop I get that opportunity almost everyday to watch our animals grow and find their forever homes. It still makes me happy everytime an animal is adopted and I know I’m doing good work to help these animals and adopters find each other.”

— Meg, Animal Care Junior Lead, Adopt & Shop


“It’s great to work for an organization that not only strives to make an impact in the education space but also fearlessly sets out to do so in the most innovative ways.”

– Rachelle, Program Coordinator, 20 Million Minds

“I’m proud of the work we do and I’m grateful to be a part of a passionate organization that has a clear mission to provide vital pet services to our communities! The cute dogs (and cats) in the office are a plus too.”

— Dana, Program Coordinator, MFA

Benefits and Perks



Health Insurance

For our employees, we pay up to 95% coverage and for our employee’s dependents we pay up to 75% coverage.


Retirement Planning

Generous 401k match program with access to Vanguard retirement planning support.


Paid Time Off

Generous paid time off packages, with a sabbatical offered during the fifth year.



Employee Events

Whether in the office or working remote, team building events keep our teams close.


Professional Development

Learning and development opportunities are a huge focus and are made available across Michelson Philanthropies.


Michelson Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees