Doug Bitonti Stewart

Fellow (2015–2018)

Doug Bitonti Stewart is the first Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation in Detroit, Mich.

Prior to assuming that role in 2007, Doug had served 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.

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.

He serves on the boards of the Jewish Funders Network; Excellent Schools Detroit; is immediate past chair of The League Michigan, an organization promoting youth service and leadership throughout Michigan; and served on the 2014 and 2015 American Express NGen Leadership Award Selection Committee.

He earned his Master of Business Administration from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University.

NCFP Blog Posts by Doug

Impact Investing and the Development Professional: Learning to Ride the Wave (from Advancing Philanthropy, Fall 2017)

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

Gratitude and humility in philanthropy; from a story, to a value, to action

Aligning your external mission with your family’s values

Why is it important to have an internal mission that is separate and distinct from an external mission?

On the Ground Report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy Conference in Detroit

NCFP Webinars Featuring Doug

Trends in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation with NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart (December 2016)

Balancing internal vs. external missions in family philanthropy (May 2015)

Performance review: Evaluating the family foundation CEO (September 2012)

Contributions

Building Bridges: A Conversation with NCFP’s New Fellows on Racial Equity

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Mary Mountcastle, June Wilson, Doug Bitonti Stewart, Kelly Nowlin

Are you breaking or bridging? We all have been affected by structural racism. NCFP’s own 2019 Fellows have dedicated themselves to getting proximate to the people, to the issue, to our families, to the field, and to thinking about how we have been impacted by racial injustice and inequity. From our Imagining the Future cross country focus groups we have heard… Read More

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

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Virginia M. Esposito, Katherine Lorenz, Doug Bitonti Stewart

This webinar features two of the field’s emerging leaders, former 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, their conversation highlights issues and topics of interest to all family funders,… Read More

2016 NCFP CEO Retreat: a Joint Retreat for Family and Non-Family CEOs

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Virginia M. Esposito, Katherine Lorenz, Doug Bitonti Stewart

The role of a family foundation CEO is unique, often bridging generations of family members, community leaders, staff, advisors, and partners. Expectations can be challenging to meet and boundaries are sometimes vague and ever-changing. Success in this role requires a cadre of specialized leadership skills. This 3-day retreat, to be held at the family home of David and Lucile Packard,… Read More
Featured Article

Gratitude and Humility in Philanthropy; from a Story, to a Value, to Action

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Julie Fisher Cummings, Doug Bitonti Stewart

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. When we are able to connect our founders’ values to real-life stories, it can have a profound impact on our families and those we serve… Read More
Ask the Center

Why is it Important to Have an Internal Mission That is Separate and Distinct from an External Mission?

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Julie Fisher Cummings, Linda Tracy, Doug Bitonti Stewart

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our May webinar, Balancing internal vs. external missions in family philanthropy. This in-depth conversation on successful strategies for thoughtfully defining, measuring, and tracking both internal and external missions in family foundation features Julie Fisher Cummings and Doug Bitonti Stewart from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and Linda Tracy from the Tracy Family Foundation… Read More

Performance Review: Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO

Posted on September 13, 2012 by Virginia M. Esposito, Beth Casselman, Julie Fisher Cummings, Doug Bitonti Stewart

Little has been written about how to review the performance of family foundation CEOs. The job carries a unique set of roles and responsibilities including the special skills required to support effective board governance, work within the family’s culture, represent the family in the community, and engage in grantmaking in the context of the family’s legacy… Read More

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