The Fletcher Foundation is a not-for-profit private charitable organization created by Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. in 1993, which strives to leverage the financial and non-financial contributions of Fletcher Asset Management, the Fletcher Family, and others to help develop a more just society with more equal opportunities for more of the population.


“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook

the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education, Mr. Fletcher established a fellowship program for work that contributes to improving race relations in American society and further advances the broad social goals of Brown. You can download an application for the 2013-2014 class of Fletcher Fellows. The submission deadline is Monday, February 11, 2013, and all application materials must be sent electronically by that date. Questions regarding the fellowship program should be sent to the office of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., at


Examples of other initiatives in which the Fletcher Foundation participates are the following:


Endowment of the Alphonse Fletcher University Professorship at Harvard University held by

Henry Louis Gates


Gift of the Encarta Africana CD-ROM for every public school in
New York City in coordination with Microsoft and Professor Henry Louis Gates


Sponsorship of a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition entitled
“African American Artists, 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings and Paintings” and

support for visits by New York City and Connecticut

school children to that and a related exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem



Gift of African American Lives to over

10,000 public school libraries throughout the United States in coordination with

Professor Henry Louis Gates and Oxford University Press


Grants to scholars, writers and artists whose work furthers the
broad goals of the Brown v. Board decision


Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies environmental justice scholarships and We Act for Environmental Justice funding


Endowment of the Alphonse Fletcher Professorship at Columbia Law School held by

Jack Greenberg, a member of the legal team that argued Brown v. Board


Grants made to the Rogosin Institute and the American Medical Association


Collaboration with major corporations in minority recruiting events and consultative support for the diversity efforts