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Balancing Internal vs. External Missions in Family Philanthropy | NCFP Event

Thursday, May 14, 2015 -
9:00am to 10:30am PDT
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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.

NCG will be hosting a viewing event for members to meet, listen and learn together.  Click on "Register Now" on the right box if you would like to join us.  If you are unable to join us, and you are part of a Family Foundation, you can also sign up for the online webinar. We also encourage you to host your own viewing event within your foundation or with your neighboring foundations.  


The NCFP webinars are designed 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.

The online webinar is only open for Family Foundations. You will need to set up a NCFP log in to register.   

If you are not a part of a Family Foundation, you can join us for the in-person viewing event.


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.

Doug Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his career to philanthropy serving organizations such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, the Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and as Director of Development for Children’s and Women’s Health at the University of Michigan Health System. 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 partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen and empower children and families in need.

Doug is a member of a number of volunteer boards including the Jewish Funders Network; Excellent Schools Detroit; immediate past chair of The League Michigan, an organization promoting youth service and leadership throughout Michigan; and the 2014 American Express NGen Leadership Award Selection Committee. Doug serves the philanthropic field and social impact sector through his work on the CEO Advisory Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Committee to Transform Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion of the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Development Summer Internship Advisory Board at the University of Michigan where he also served as a guest lecturer in the Org Studies program. In 2014, twenty-two years after receiving his undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University, Doug graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Business Administration from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

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.