Supporting organizations that work to improve the lives and well-being of North Carolinians.


We’re looking for our next Fellow!

We are currently accepting applications for our 2015-16 Fletcher Fellow! Our team is looking for a recent college graduate who is interested in working in the nonprofit sector, and will graduate this May with a degree in one of the social sciences (specifically... read more

Pinocchio at The Fletcher Academy

Yesterday, students from the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute​ at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts​ performed Pinnochio for the students at The Fletcher Academy​. The Institute attracts some of the most talented young opera singers in the nation. In... read more

Stories of Smith

Last semester, students from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University created “Stories of Smith,” a photography series chronicling the students, teachers, and parents of YE Smith Elementary in East Durham. The school is where our partner, the... read more


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One of our main objectives is to help ensure the strength of North Carolina’s nonprofit sector. In addition to supporting The Fletcher Academy, we support public charities located in North Carolina that work in one of our six funding areas.


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We are:

Connectors · Innovators · Volunteers · Idealists  · Leaders · Friends · Helpers · Doers

Guided by the belief that our community can prosper only if every member of it has an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive, AJF works with visionary leaders and organizations working to make our state better. We are passionate and honored to work alongside those on the front lines of our most pressing challenges.

In the 1930’s, A.J. Fletcher, a lawyer, decided to foray into a new arena – broadcasting. In his history as a business owner, he had a reputation for doing the things that had not been done before. A.J. Fletcher’s enthusiasm for breaking new ground continues at Fletcher Foundation today. We strive to be a leader and inspire others to use innovation and technology to achieve social change and progress.

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Though we support and fund projects in all six of our funding areas, the past several years we have been particularly focused on the following funding initiatives.

Early Education and Public Schools

Investing in young children and bright futures. Ensuring equal opportunity for all children.

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East Durham

Supporting an innovative pipeline model for community-based improvement.

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Media and Journalism Innovation

Promoting sustainable models for producing engaging content for a new generation of citizens.

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