OVERVIEW: The Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation’s global health-related grantmaking centers on HIV/AIDs. Grants are predominantly awarded to organizations working in Africa.
IP TAKE: This foundation is rather large, but it doesn’t make many global HIV/AIDS grants each year. Grantseekers should be aware that the foundation's grantmaking is competitive.
PROFILE: The Max and Marjorie Fisher Foundation, or M&M Foundation, was founded in 1955 and ever since then, it has sought to “enrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need.” Based in Southfield, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, much of Fisher’s domestic grants are directed to Detroit-based projects in its programmatic areas of focus: Jewish causes, arts and culture, education, and healthcare. Abroad, the foundation focuses its grantmaking attentions on HIV/AIDS mainly in Africa.
With assets ranging from $250 million to $275 million, the Fisher Foundation is not a small foundation; however, its HIV/AIDS grantmaking is not as widespread as its other grantmaking priorities. Grants are generally sizable ranging from $100,000 to $400,000. It supports both small and large organizations, and while it does not name geographic restrictions in its grantmaking, the foundation tends to favor organizations working in Zambia. .
The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it occassionally announces special projects on its website, so grantseekers are advised to check back often. The foundation welcomes unsolicited letters of inquiry.
- Douglas Bitonti Stewart, Executive Director
- Meredith Freeman, Senior Program Officer
- Cynthia Rowell, Program Director