Balancing Internal vs. External Missions in Family Philanthropy

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
National NCFP Webinar
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For representatives of family foundations who are members of the Council; registration is required.

A National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) Webinar
A Council membership benefit for family foundation members, including staff and trustees, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy's Family Philanthropy.
  • Council members who have a NCFP password may register directly.
  • Council members who need to obtain a NCFP password should contact Deb Werner, 860-525-5585.
This presentation is for families and those who work with them that are looking for ways to balance the family's grantmaking goals with their goals for the family's involvement in shared philanthropy.This webinare will be of interest if you are asking questions such as:
  • What is your family’s dream for philanthropy?
  • Are you primarily interested in achieving a particular grantmaking mission?
  • Or are you interested in creating an opportunity for family members to come together and strengthen family ties through philanthropy and service to others? 

For many philanthropic families, the answer to this question is not either/or – it’s both. Join us for this in-depth conversation with two family foundations that have found successful strategies for thoughtfully defining, measuring, and tracking both their internal, family focused, and their external, community focused, missions.

Julie Fisher Cummings
Julie Fisher Cummings is vice chair of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, a $250 million endowed family foundation based in Detroit, Michigan with funding areas that include: health, culture, Jewish life, and strengthening youth and families. She is also co-founder and chairman of the Lovelight Foundation, which exclusively focuses it's grantmaking on improving the lives of underserved women and girls and is now part of the Women Moving Millions Campaign of the Women's Funding Network. Cummings has served on the boards of a wide range of nonprofits and national and community organizations, including as a current presidential appointee of the Corporation for National and Community Service, on the Board of Overseers of Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and as past chair of the Council of Michigan Foundations. She recently completed a master's degree in social policy at Columbia University School of Social Work and is presently teaching a graduate level course at the University of Miami.
Douglas Bitonti Stewart
For the past 23 years Douglas Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his career to philanthropy. He has served organizations such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, Botsford General Hospital, the Arthritis Foundation, and Children's Hospital of Michigan. Most recently, Doug worked at the University of Michigan Health System as the Director of Development for Children's and Women's Health. In early 2007 Doug became the first executive director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In his position Doug has the privilege of helping the Fisher family further their philanthropic legacy by working with nonprofit partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen families and communities. He is a member of a number of nonprofit boards and serves the philanthropic field through his work on the Family Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations, the Committee to Transform Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion of the Council of Michigan Foundations, the CEO Advisory Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Development Summer Internship Advisory Board at the University of Michigan where he has also served as a guest lecturer in the Org Studies program.

Linda Tracy
Linda Tracy is a Program Associate for the Tracy Family Foundation which supports charitable institutions focused on education, youth and families and leadership. She works on family engagement, the education initiatives and serves as the advisor for their Next Gen Advisory Board. For 4 years she served as a trustee on TFF’s board and now serves on the board of Youth-In-Need. Linda and her husband have 5 children and 49 Tracy family nieces and nephews.

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