Phillip Wm. Fisher

Past Chairman, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Founder of Mission Throttle, Phillip Wm. Fisher is leading culture change to accelerate the evolution of philanthropy. As a capitalist and philanthropist, he is leading sustainable strategies to connect, collaborate and deploy effective market-driven solutions to accelerate community capital, human resources and impact.

Phillip’s experiences span both for-impact and for-profit organizations. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and serves on both the Board and the Investment Committee of The Fisher Group. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and on the Board, Executive Committee and Investment Committee of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM).

Additionally, he serves on the board of various impact organizations including Starfish Family Services, Children’s Leadership Council of Michigan, Hope Starts Here, Dean’s Advisory Council for the Fisher School of Business at The Ohio State University and a National Council Member for the Skandalaris Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He is an advisor to The Platform, a community-based real estate development and management business.

Phillip served as CEO of The Fisher Group for over a quarter-century. The Fisher Group is a single family office serving the asset management needs for the four generations of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher family. He was Chairman of the Board of Durakon Industries during the 1990s and headed the sale of the company to Littlejohn in 1999. He was also a board member of Charter One Bank for over seven years, before it was purchased by Royal Bank of Scotland in 2004.

He also served as Chair of the Investment Committees of the Jewish Federations of North America, the board of Detroit Country Day School, the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. In 2008, he served on Governor Snyder’s Early Childhood Task Force. He has served as an Executive Committee member of the New Economy Initiative, an initiative of CFSEM.


Family Identity and Culture

Posted on December 7, 2020 by Phillip Wm. Fisher, Armando Castellano, Lisa Parker, Tony Macklin

father, son, and grandfather skipping stones - traditions, generations, family cutlure
Many philanthropic families have a strong sense of identity, defined by their traditions and culture and carried out through their commitments to one another and the public trust. A clear family identity is driven by a shared purpose and philosophy, which in turn promotes a successful collective giving effort. How do families understand their shared purpose and ensure it faithfully… Read More