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The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation was formed in 1955 and endowed following the death of Mr. Fisher in 2005. Together as partners in life, love, family and philanthropy, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher worked side by side to create meaningful positive impact in communities.

The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation was formed in 1955 and endowed following the death of Mr. Fisher in 2005. Together as partners in life, love, family and philanthropy, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher worked side by side to create meaningful positive impact in communities.

Mrs. Fisher was a partner in Mr. Fisher’s transformational philanthropy and was known to often encourage him to give more in times of critical need. Beyond their many contributions, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher will long be remembered for their love and commitment to their family and for truly finding joy in their service with others.

Following Mr. Fisher’s death in 2005 and the creation of the permanent endowment to fuel the Foundation, Mrs. Fisher assumed the role of Founding Chair. During her tenure, the Foundation granted more than $70 million to nearly 50 partners on three continents. In 2011, Mrs. Fisher transitioned her leadership to the next generation. While Mrs. Fisher passed away in 2016, the lessons she modeled in allowing her heart to guide her decisions and finding joy in service to others continue through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who serve the Foundation today.

“We have a deep commitment to supporting and ensuring the safety of our Jewish community – both in Detroit and in Israel.”

Andrew C. Sherman
Trustee

Mission & Values

The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation’s core philosophy is grounded in the beliefs of its founders and the family’s shared Jewish values that life’s purpose is found in service with others. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need. In the Jewish tradition of tzedakah (justice), the Foundation works to repair the world (tikkun olam) alongside those who share its mission.

Tzedakah, derived from the Hebrew language, conveys fairness and justice. This is the closest term to charity in Hebrew, and stems from a fundamental belief that
this work is far more than a financial transaction. Philanthropy in the tradition of tzedakah builds lasting relationships in which all partners actively contribute their time, talent, treasure and ties. The Foundation is guided by tzedakah and driven by a desire to work in partnership with neighbors who live closest to the issues we seek to face together.

Financials

GRANT DOLLARS
AWARDED
PER IMPACT AREA

$11,463,360
Total dollars put into motion in 2018

$11,463,360
Total dollars put into motion in 2018

JEWISH
$3,555,826

EARLY
CHILDHOOD

$4,009,599

ARTS &
CULTURE

$2,082,313

IMPACT
INVESTING

$10,000,000
total commitment

JEWISH
$3,555,826

EARLY
CHILDHOOD

$4,009,599

ARTS &
CULTURE

$2,082,313

IMPACT
INVESTING

$10,000,000
total commitment

Download Our 2018 Impact Report

Download Our 2018 Impact Report

We invite you to download our inaugural impact report, a document intended to share some of our partners’ creative and tenacious efforts in their communities. In showcasing their work, we affirm our commitment to our founders’ belief that life’s purpose is found in service with and for others.