Mission Statement

The Lowell Milken Family Foundation (LMFF) creates and supports initiatives that cultivate human capital—that is, the knowledge, skills and experience essential to lead productive and satisfying lives. The LMFF pursues this mission through education programs that are both groundbreaking and comprehensive. By fostering and inspiring excellence, creativity and responsibility within the formal education environment and beyond, LMFF seeks to equip people to pursue and attain lives that have value to themselves as well as to others. 

What We Do

LMFF pursues its mission through the following initiatives:

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
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The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) aims to have a nation of high-caliber K-12 educators who are motivated, effective and appropriately rewarded. NIET pursues its mission to increase educator effectiveness through two signature initiatives—TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, and the NIET Educator Effectiveness Best Practices Center.

NIET provides teachers and principals with significant and concrete opportunities for career advancement, professional growth and competitive compensation. Partnering with states, districts, K-12 schools and colleges of education, NIET provides them with the support services and mechanisms necessary to continually improve educator effectiveness. Since its creation in 2005, NIET’s work has led to measurable and sustained improvement in student achievement in diverse settings across America. NIET is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation. 

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes
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The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) works with K-12 students and educators to discover and share the stories of ordinary people who have had a profound and positive impact on the course of history. Students engage in research, then make these stories known through documentaries, plays, websites and visual arts projects which they create and produce. In championing these heroes, students discover their own power and responsibility to improve the lives of others. LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes, located in Fort Scott, Kansas, houses a multi-media exhibition space that brings to life some of the most powerful Unsung Hero projects. In addition to a professional development program for educators, LMC holds two international student competitions annually: the Discovery Award and The Art Effect Project. The Lowell Milken Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit foundation.  

Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law
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The Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy (LMI) expands the boundaries of traditional business law education by equipping students to contribute to and succeed in the dynamic global economy and to become leaders in business and in law. Building on UCLA School of Law’s scholarly and pedagogic foundation, LMI offers students innovative curricular and co-curricular opportunities, practical skills development and experiential learning. LMI also engages and connects law students, lawyers, investors, corporate managers, regulators, policy makers and academics at conferences and colloquia where essential and current issues in business law are debated and advanced. 

Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
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The Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT) has been established at ArtCenter College of Design to honor the memory and contribution to the field of visual communication by letterform designer and educator Leah Hoffmitz Milken.  Strategically aligned with the leadership and values of ArtCenter, HMCT aims to set the global standard in the field of visual communication and, in particular, to advance the art of typography. HMCT provides curricular opportunities for students, supports faculty research, and helps form alliances with educational and professional organizations worldwide. HMCT offers fellowships, residencies and symposia that reflect the centrality of design and typographic education to the development of technologies, media and social constructs. The Center also houses a unique a typographic archive.

Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
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The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music (Archive) creates and preserves for posterity the fullest possible context of Jewish life in America. Working with many of the world’s greatest musicians and conductors, the Archive has recorded over 600 works by more than 200 composers – a treasure available through the Archive’s virtual museum website, which is organized into 20 thematic volumes and includes important oral histories based on hundreds of hours of interviews. The Archive believes that virtuoso performances of great works of music- from symphonies to synagogue services, Yiddish theater to opera, chamber works to cantorial masterpieces - can touch people of all faiths and cultures while providing Jews with an invaluable link to their heritage.

While LMFF also supports a limited number of organizations whose work aligns with and advances its goal to develop and secure the store of human capital, its primary focus remains on programs it has conceived and carries out. It is the Lowell Milken Family Foundation’s vision that, taken together, these initiatives will significantly help to create a world community of people who have the will, means and ability to reach their full potential.