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Articles from Our Executive Director
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.

2608, 2015

Going Further Together: Collective Learning for Impact

August 26th, 2015|

As the conference wound down, the facilitator congratulated the group for the learning we had done together. For two days, we had listened to experts in the field and convened with funder and research and policy colleagues from cities across the country to discuss best practices in early childhood education. The volume in the room had started to rise as attendees shoved materials into their


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