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Articles from Our Executive Director
2711, 2017

A New Look & Refined Focus for Fisher

November 27th, 2017|

Over the past decade, the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation has granted more than $130 million to partners on three continents. In every impact area, our grant partners are making significant and transformational change in their communities. We feel honored to be a part of their work. With ten years’ of shared experience, we are ready to move onto the next chapter [...]

109, 2017

Impact Investing and the Development Professional: Learning to Ride the Wave

September 1st, 2017|

As he studied the financial report and listened to the executive director describe the need for a loan to upgrade facilities, Phillip scratched his head and frowned at the interest rate being offered by the local bank. The organization had a good history of fundraising, but not at the magnitude that would support both annual needs and this capital expansion. Additional funds were needed. [...]

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 [...]

812, 2016

Webinar: Trends in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation with NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart

December 8th, 2016|

As 2016 comes to a close, we invite you to participate in a special conversation with two of the field’s emerging leaders, NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz & Doug Bitonti-Stewart. Doug and Katherine will reflect on a variety of issues they have explored with NCFP and will discuss important trends in the field at large. Moderated by NCFP President Ginny Esposito, this webinar will highlight [...]

1811, 2016

Success Like This Could Hit the Small Time: Replicating a Global Philanthropic Networking Model in Detroit

November 18th, 2016|

We usually think of scale as an escalator that moves in only one direction: up. Things start small and local and, if they succeed, they grow to be large and global. Often, this model is correct. But focusing too narrowly on it might make us miss opportunities to scale in other ways. Sometimes, in fact, scale can work in reverse — by taking a [...]

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 [...]

404, 2016

Aligning your external mission with your family’s values

April 4th, 2016|

Why did your family start giving? Did you want to achieve a specific impact on an issue close to your hearts or did you want to bring your family together to pass on specific values from generation to generation? In most cases, it is a little bit – or a lot – of each. Simon Sinek offers a very clear case for understanding a [...]

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 [...]

2810, 2015

Turning the tables on Devil’s Night in Detroit

October 28th, 2015|

When a house across the street from John George’s family home in northwest Detroit fell into disrepair, drug dealers moved in. Not wanting his then two-year old son to grow up across the street from a crack house and determined to stay in Detroit, George and two neighbors took action and boarded up the house. When the dealers came back and couldn’t get in, they [...]


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