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


David Heinen, NC Center for Nonprofits

  “As nonpartisan entities, nonprofits can infuse some really good dialogue into the election process. They can reach out to people who might be marginalized…and help get them registered to vote. There’s a lot of confusion about voter ID laws...

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Welcoming Yemi, Our 2016-2017 Fellow!

We are excited to welcome Yemi Adewuyi to our team as the 2016-2017 Fletcher Fellow! Now in its third year, our fellowship program works to identify, develop, and network recent college graduates who aspire to be amongst the next generation of social sector leaders in...

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James Ford, NC Public School Forum

  “Teachers, more than any other profession, deal with the other issues that prevail in society. What happens more often than not is that they are held accountable for them, but they aren’t necessarily given the resources to impact them…there is...

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Dennis Gaddy, Community Success Initiative

  “Society has made it hard to do the right thing. And when you make it hard to do the right thing, you make it easy to do the wrong thing.” Dennis Gaddy, Executive Director of the Community Success Initiative, joins us this week to talk about...

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Celebrating Dix Park

It was hot — but it was worth it! Only July 23rd, thousands of North Carolinians took part in Destination Dix and many of them, for the first time, explored Dorothea Dix Park and got a taste for what is in store for this park’s future.  From art booths to...

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Mo Green, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

“The values of the foundation will remain in place, but how we realize those values is to be determined, which makes us in an exciting time… because you’re talking about a foundation that wants to do amazing, important things for the state of North...

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When Charter Schools Fail

Erinn Rochelle says she beat herself up for months after her sons’ charter school unexpectedly shut down during its first year of operation. “Not only did I put my kids there, I recommended that school to my friends,” said Rochelle, whose children entered the brand new StudentFirst Academy in Charlotte in 2013.

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Kate Pearce, Dorothea Dix Park

Kate Peace, Senior Planner for the City of Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park, joined us this week to talk about the unique and exciting opportunity to develop hundreds of acres of land next to Raleigh’s downtown. She describes her job as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and her enthusiasm about this work is infectious! This long-term project to develop the land into a world-class park will exist for generations and Kate describes ways we can all be a part of this community effort.

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It’s time for all children to have a fair chance

When I first started here at the AJ Fletcher Foundation, I would spend Friday mornings digging through old records. From meeting minutes to tax forms, it was a way for me to become familiar with the organization. During one of these forays into our basement, I came across 50 copies of Time magazine from the 1990s. On the cover was a picture of a baby and a light bulb. The cover story detailed some of the advances in brain science that underscored the importance of early learning.

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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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