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A.J. Fletcher Foundation — An overview

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Alfred Johnston Fletcher, founder and president of Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., created the A.J. Fletcher Foundation in the late 1940’s as a supporting fund for an opera company he established, now the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

The foundation was a quiet, relatively unknown supporter of musical institutions and scholarships in area colleges until fairly recently.

In 1986, its assets more than doubled on the sale of its interest in a large insurance company.

Located in the historic Briggs Hardware building in downtown Raleigh, the foundation is organized to support The Fletcher Academy School of Achievement, a school in Raleigh for learning-disabled children, the foundation is flexible in its funding, supports a broad range of causes, and serves as an advocate for human services.

Barbara Goodmon, a member of the boards of Wake County Human Services and The Healing Place of Wake County, is president of the foundation.

Its chairman is Jim Goodmon, a grandson of A.J. Fletcher who is married to Barbara Goodmon and is chief executive officer of Capitol Broadcasting Co. Inc.

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