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Foundation News
1405, 2018

Fisher Announces Promotions for Senior Staff

May 14th, 2018|

Trustees of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and Executive Director Doug Bitonti Stewart are proud to announce the promotion of Meredith Freeman from Senior Program Partner to Director of Alignment and Impact Investing and Cindy Rowell from Director of Programs to Director of Learning and Impact. The two titles stem from the Foundation’s focus on the important partnership between the Foundation’s Trustees

2003, 2017

Knight Foundation and Fisher Foundation Help Increase Capacity of Community Leaders

March 20th, 2017|

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan will support training and professional development for Detroit changemakers tackling economic and neighborhood revitalization with $245,000 from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The programs will focus specifically on capacity building and professional development to encourage organizational growth and economic vitality. In their third round of funding

2310, 2016

Small nonprofits find ways to connect with big foundations

October 23rd, 2016|

David McGhee stood in line, waiting to check out at a grocery store, and a customer recognized the philanthropy consultant and grant writer. So as his groceries were rung up, the person pitched an idea for a new program for the Flint YMCA. The sharing continued as McGhee, who now works for the Skillman Foundation, headed to his car and placed his groceries inside.

609, 2016

Gratitude and humility in philanthropy; from a story, to a value, to action

September 6th, 2016|

The importance of documenting the ethos of our founders is well known in family philanthropy. Authors and leaders throughout the field have published articles and tools (e.g. Grandparent Legacy Project) aimed to help families ask questions to elicit the core values of our founders. These values are the backbone of our work. And when we are able to connect our founders’ values to real-life

2202, 2016

Next Gen Trustee with Big Shoes to Fill: Meet Amanda Fisher

February 22nd, 2016|

Ask Amanda Fisher what makes her run. She’ll tell you it’s the shoes. Sounds funny, but she’s serious. “Really, one of my biggest motivations for the choices I make are the shoes I have yet to fill,” she says. But what she’s really talking about is the legacy of the Fisher family: a family of towering figures here in Detroit, leaders and philanthropists on a

1012, 2015

Taking Action Against the Blight

December 10th, 2015|

The fight against blight is well underway in Brightmoor, with members of the family on hand for a press release celebrating the efforts of Foundation grant partner Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA). Peter Cummings, Amanda Fisher, Andrew Sherman and David Sherman were joined by a host of notable guests, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Detroit City Councilman James Tate, Gompers Elementary School Principal Bobbie Posey-Milner, Pastor Larry

2710, 2015

PNC Foundation, Skillman Foundation and Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation Invest $1.5 Million to Close Word Gap in Detroit Neighborhoods

October 27th, 2015|

The PNC Foundation, Skillman Foundation and Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation today announced a $1.5 million, two-year collaboration to build preschool children’s vocabularies in two Detroit neighborhoods. Say & Play with Words (Hablen y Jueguen con Palabras) will infuse vocabulary and literacy strategies and family service learning into a powerful educational model for families in the Southwest Detroit and Brightmoor neighborhoods. Read the

2410, 2015

Program aims to improve kids’ vocabulary in Detroit

October 24th, 2015|

What’s in a word? Or more specifically, 30 million words? A child’s future. Leaders from the PNC Foundation, Skillman Foundation and Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation will unveil a $1.5-million, 2-year collaboration to help build preschool children’s vocabulary in two areas of Detroit. The Say & Play with Words program will be announced at a news conference Tuesday in Detroit. The idea: Infuse

2310, 2015

VIDEO: Educating Young Detroiters in Need

October 23rd, 2015|

With Gov. Rick Snyder talking about ways to improve Detroit Public Schools, four leaders from business and education gathered with host Carol Cain to talk about that and the issue of better preparing more young people for school during a special taping of “Michigan Matters.” Watch the full video here.

1709, 2015

National Center for Family Philanthropy Names Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart Fellows in Family Philanthropy

September 17th, 2015|

Two of family philanthropy’s brightest young leaders — Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation President Katherine Lorenz and Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation Executive Director Doug Bitonti Stewart — have been named Fellows by the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Read the full story here.


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