The Fletcher Foundation is a nonprofit foundation that supports civil rights, education, and environmental education. The foundation supports efforts to develop a more just society with more equal opportunities for more of the population primarily by leveraging the financial and non-financial contributions of Fletcher Asset Management, the Fletcher Family including New York financier and philanthropist Alphonse Fletcher, Jr., and others.
A 1987 graduate of Harvard University, Fletcher worked in investment banking and in 1991 founded Fletcher Asset Management. A Harvard Class Marshal, Fletcher endowed a University Professorship at his alma mater, first held by philosopher Cornel West and now held by literary critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. In 2004, in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, the Fletcher Foundation announced the creation of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship program, described by foundation chair Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as "Guggenheims for race issues." The inaugural class of Fletcher Fellows, each awarded $50,000, was selected in 2005.
2005 Inaugural Fletcher Fellows
- Elizabeth Alexander, poet and African-American studies professor, Yale University
- Devon Carbado, law professor at University of California, Los Angeles
- Kathleen Cleaver, author and former Black Panther Party activist
- Stanley Crouch, cultural critic and author
- Roland Fryer, economist and member of Harvard Society of Fellows
- Anita Hill, civil rights attorney and law professor Brandeis University
- Nina Jablonski, biological anthropologist and author of Skin
- Glenn Ligon, artist, New York
- Arthur Mitchell, founder of the Dance Theatre of Harlem
- Robert Parris Moses, educator and civil rights leader
- Thomas Sugrue, civil rights historian and professor at University of Pennsylvania
- Deborah Willis, photographer and documentarian and professor at New York University
2006 Fletcher Fellows
- Lawrence Bobo, race relations scholar and professor at Stanford University
- Fatimah L.C. Jackson, professor of anthropology, University of Maryland
- Randall Kennedy, professor of law, Harvard University
- Miranda Massie, civil rights attorney, Detroit, Michigan
- Lorna Simpson, artist, New York
- Anna Deveare Smith, performance artist, actress, and University Professor, New York University
- Valerie Smith, professor of English and director African-American Studies Program, Princeton University
- Margaret Beale Spencer, professor of education, University of Pennsylvania
- Brent Staples, award-winning journalist, New York Times
- Patricia Sullivan, associate professor of history, University of South Carolina
- Loic Wacquant, professor of sociology and boxer, University of California, Berkeley
2007 Fletcher Fellows
2008 Fletcher Fellows
2009 Fletcher Fellows
2010 Fletcher Fellows
2011 Fletcher Fellows
- Ian Haney-López, professor of law, University of California, Berkeley
- Sharon D. Raynor, associate professor of English, Johnson C. Smith University 
- Daniel J. Sharfstein, associate professor of law, Vanderbilt University
- Rachel Swarns, correspondent, The New York Times 
- Jonathan Holloway, professor of history and African American studies, Yale University
2012 Fletcher Fellows
- Jane Dailey, associate professor in the Department of History, the College, and the Law School University of Chicago Law School, University of Chicago
- Trey Ellis, assistant professor at the School of the Arts, Columbia University School of the Arts, Columbia University
- Rucker Johnson, associate professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
- The Root, 21 June 2012 (article about 2012 Fletcher Fellowships) 
- Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2005 (article about Fletcher Fellowships)
- Boston Globe, 20 May 2005 (article about Fletcher Fellowships)
- Fletcher Fellowship Awarded to Bob Moses.
- "Carolina Art News". Retrieved 2012-09-29.
- "Fellows study effects of major civil rights ruling". Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- "Fellowships Honor 'Brown v Board' Legacy". Retrieved 2012-09-29.