Who We Are

Our Leadership

Mark Neithercut, President & Owner

Mark E. Neithercut has more than 25 years of experience working with foundations and individual donors to increase the impact and effectiveness of their philanthropy. As founder and principal of Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors, Mr. Neithercut leads a team of professionals that handles the philanthropic affairs for a select group of families and advises foundations — mostly family foundations — on how to engage in effective and rewarding philanthropy.

NPA works with its foundation clients to develop or clarify mission statements and grantmaking strategies, to help new trustees or executives manage their new philanthropic roles, and to improve administrative operations. The firm also helps clients plan for successful charitable giving by recording their values, developing a giving plan and performing due diligence on gifts. NPA routinely works with professional advisors — primarily estate planning attorneys and financial advisors — to help them better understand how they can talk to their clients about philanthropy, and to show them how to make the philanthropy performed by their clients more effective and rewarding.

In the past year, the firm has completed projects for the William Davidson Foundation, the Frey Foundation, the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the Matilda Wilson Fund, the Kansas Health Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Additionally, the firm has worked with a number of individuals and families. Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors has played a leadership role in planning and launching the $100 million New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the $30 million GROW Healthy Kansas program, and the $1 million Community Foundation Challenge – Emergency Food & Shelter.

Prior Experience
  • VP Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
  • Program Officer for Kresge Foundation
  • Professor, University of Alabama and Wayne State University
Community Involvement
  • Member of Issues Advisory Committee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy
  • Member of Professional Development Committee of the Council on Foundations
  • Member of the Council of Michigan Foundation’s Public Policy Committee
  • Trustee of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Anna Paulina Foundation
  • Previously member of CoF’s Membership Committee and its Community Foundation Leadership Team
  • Past Chairman of the Aspen Institute’s Michigan Nonprofit Research Program and the Detroit Area Grantmakers
  • Previously board member of the Cranbrook Schools, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, and the Knight Foundation’s Detroit Advisory Committee
Education
  • Ph.D. in geography from the University of British Columbia, where he was a doctoral fellow
  • Master’s from Michigan State University
  • B.A. from the University of Michigan, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in history
Personal Interests

Mark lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, with his wife, Helen, a jewelry designer and horticultural specialist. He is an avid fly fisherman, art collector, and tennis player.  He recently finished serving as board chair of the Grosse Pointe Club.