Michelson Medical Research Foundation

Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Michelson 20MM Foundation

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property

Michelson Center for
Public Policy




What we do

Fund forward-thinking medical research 

Support animal welfare 

Promote equity and access to education for all

Advance intellectual property education




How we do it

Make impact investments that spur innovation 

Operate programs that fix broken systems  

Make catalytic grants to high-reward opportunities

Drive progress through education and advocacy

Featured News


Our Divisions


Michelson Medical Research Foundation enables researchers to translate ideas into therapies that make an impact as quickly as possible. The Michelson Prizes focus on rebalancing research funding to support more early-career investigators with brilliant high-risk, high-reward idea potential.


Michelson Found Animals Foundation seeks to end shelter euthanasia and enhance the lives of pets and people, regardless of the pet owner’s socioeconomic status. The foundation operates a range of projects including research and policy initiatives, community partnerships, and impact investments. 


Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM) advances programs promoting universal adoption of free and open educational resources for college courses, student basic needs, smart justice, and digital equity. Its work focuses on fostering a more equitable world and increasing educational access and opportunity for students, including those in underserved communities, community colleges, and those who have been justice-impacted.


As a part of 20MM, the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP) promotes national adoption of curriculum to educate students on principles of intellectual property and how to protect it. Michelson IP designs, tests, and shares a comprehensive collection of IP education offerings for the next generation of inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs – all at no cost.


Public Policy


The Michelson Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that propels legislative change through meaningful collaboration with elected officials, government agencies, and civic leaders to achieve positive outcomes in education, equity, medical research, and animal welfare. The Michelson Center for Public Policy is an affiliated but separate organization from the Michelson Philanthropies network of foundations (Michelson 20MM Foundation, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, and Michelson Medical Research Foundation) and complements the Michelson Philanthropies’ thought leadership and expertise with bold and effective advocacy.

gary k. michelson_profile.jpg


“George Bernard Shaw observed that most people are very satisfied with how things are but that inventors were, by their nature, ‘a disgruntled lot.’ Rather than accepting things as they are, they want to change the world, conform it to their own desires. By its very nature, invention is the creation of disruptive new technologies, overturning and supplanting the status quo.”

Dr. Gary K. Michelson

Spinal Surgeon, Inventor
Co-Chair of Michelson Philanthropies