Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation’s early childhood program “[s]upport(s) high-quality early childhood education aimed at improving kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading proficiency.”

IP TAKE: While this funder awards grants to organizaitons located across the United States, it gives organizations located in and around Detroit funding priority.

PROFILE: The Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation, or M&M Foundation, was founded in 1955 and aims to “[e]nrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need.” Based in Southfield, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, prioritizes Jewish causes, arts and culture and early childhood.

Fisher’s early childhood program invests in a two-generation approach to learning, advancing policies to support low-income families and reducing exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Grants often range from $100,000 to $400,000. Past early childhood education grantees include the Amherst Wilder Foundation and American Friends of Orr Shalom. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Amherst Wilder Foundation received a grant from Fisher in support of its work with families, kids and older adults in the St. Paul and East Metro area. Friends of Orr Shalom received funding for its work rescuing children in Israel who have been removed from their homes or have suffered severe abuse, neglect, and tragedy. To learn more about M&M Fisher Foundation grantees, explore its grant partners page.

The M&M Fisher Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding for its early childhood program; however, the foundation encourages prospective grantees to submit letters of inquiry.

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