Lowell MILKEN Center
FOR Philanthropy
& Nonprofits

At the Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, our mission is to enhance the understanding of the philanthropy and nonprofit sector and to support it through leading-edge education, leadership, and research.  We invite you to explore our commitment to enriching the nonprofit landscape and advancing its impactful work.

The Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits is led by a dedicated team of professionals committed to advancing understanding of and promoting solutions for the challenges faced by the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Our staff bring to the Center a wealth of experience in the sector, deep knowledge of nonprofit law, and great passion for the work of nonprofits and philanthropy.


Producing scholarship about the most important issues facing nonprofits as well as their beneficiaries.


Producing scholarship about the most important issues facing nonprofits as well as their beneficiaries.


Join us for engaging events, including panel discussions, lectures, and workshops that bring together leaders and experts from diverse areas of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

February 2, 2024
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Crafting A Thriving Nonprofit Arts Sector

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair, National Endowment for the Arts UCLA PhD ‘96

Speakers: Kristin Sakoda, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture; Richard Tate, President & CEO, California Wellness Foundation; Rose Chan Loui, Executive Director, UCLA Law Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits

February 29 / March 1, 2024
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27th Annual Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations

Presented by the Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits and Loyola Law School and hosted by The California Endowment at their Downtown Los Angeles Center for Healthy Communities.

April 12, 2024
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Philanthropy, Business, Government, and the Homelessness Crisis

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Karen Bass, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles

In conversation with: Kevin Murray, President & CEO, Weingart Center Association

June 6, 2024
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Listen to their diverse perspectives, explore collaborative solutions, and uncover game-changing strategies for future-proofing your success. Dedicated panels for each C-Suite role, plus a bonus session shining a light on non-profit leadership!

News + Media

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments from the Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits.

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News + Media
March 4, 2024
Elon Musk could face an uphill battle regarding his standing in the case: UCLA Law’s Rose Chan Loui

Rose Chan Loui, UCLA Law Center for Nonprofits executive director, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss Elon Musk’s lawsuit against OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman, whether Musk has a legitimate argument in the case, OpenAI’s for-profit interests, and more.

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February 29, 2024
How Pushing Hospitals to Give Away More Free Care Could Backfire

With high health bills drowning patients in debt, some lawmakers want nonprofit hospitals to give away more free care. But experts warn that could wind up being bad for patients.

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February 15, 2024
UCLA Law launches the Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits

UCLA community members said a new research center at the School of Law provides opportunities for leadership and scholarship related to nonprofit law and philanthropic efforts.

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January 23, 2024
OC Supervisor Quietly Routed Millions More To His Daughter’s Group

County records obtained by LAist show O.C. Supervisor Andrew Do directed an additional $6.2 million in taxpayer dollars to his 22-year-old daughter’s group without publicly disclosing the family ties.

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January 8, 2024
Board Control of a Charity’s Subsidiaries: The Saga of OpenAI

OpenAI’s corporate structure was designed to protect the primacy of the nonprofit corporation’s charitable purposes and tax-exempt status. They also identify the continuing need for board oversight and explain the various legal mechanisms available to protect OpenAI’s charitable, tax-exempt interests. @TaxNotes

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December 20, 2023
What do universities owe their big donors? Less than you might think, explain 2 nonprofit law experts

Exchanging gifts with family and friends can become fraught with contradictory emotions. Instead of gratitude, the recipients of expensive gifts may wind up feeling indebted to the givers. And the givers can have regrets too.

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December 18, 2023
Nonprofit Led By OC Supervisor's Daughter Failed To Submit Required Audits For Millions In Spending, Records Show

The missing audits are for $4 million in taxpayer funding earmarked to provide meals for seniors and people with disabilities. LAist previously reported Do directed funding to the group without disclosing his family ties.

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January 11, 2024
UCLA Law launches center to address ‘revolutionary change’ in philanthropy and nonprofits

Los Angeles, CA – UCLA proudly announces the launch of the Lowell Milken Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofits (LMPN).

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October 11, 2023
‘Heroic’ journey: How Jill Horwitz brought the ‘Restatement of Charitable Nonprofits’ to life

Learn about UCLA Law professor Jill Horwitz’s work as the reporter for the Restatement of the Law

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March 14, 2023
Mayors Fund For Los Angeles

Rose Chan Loui is the inaugural Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits at UCLA School of Law.

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September 21, 2021
UCLA Law Launches Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits

With the philanthropy world on the precipice of revolutionary change due to the pending baby boomer wealth transfer, UCLA School of Law today announced the formation of the Program on Philanthropy and Nonprofits.

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Educational Programming

Explore our comprehensive educational programming designed to enrich the knowledge and skills of law students, nonprofit professionals, board members, and philanthropists.

For Law Students
For Nonprofit
For Boards
For Philanthropists

In the dynamic world of philanthropy and nonprofits, the Lowell Milken Center fosters an environment of intellectual growth and collaboration. Our Thought Leadership initiatives provide a platform for scholars, nonprofit leaders, and the broader community to engage in meaningful dialogue, share insights, and shape the future of the sector.


We host conferences targeted at the interests and needs of our various constituencies. Our academic conferences invite scholars, nonprofit and foundation leaders, practitioners and regulators to delve into the intricacies of the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

External Speaking Engagements

Our faculty and staff are frequently invited to share their expertise and insights at national and international nonprofit law sector and academic conferences.


Our extensive range of research and publications focuses on critical nonprofit law issues. Contributing to scholarly discourse, guiding practitioners, and informing policy debates, our work aims to enhance understanding and effectiveness within the sector.