RALEIGH, NC (October 20, 2015) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina has been awarded a 3-year, $90,000 grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation to support strategic planning and capacity-building at the Forum.

This grant continues Fletcher Foundation’s longstanding support for the Forum’s work to support education initiatives, previously providing funding for the Forum’s NC Center for Afterschool Programs. This renewed commitment ensures the Public School Forum has the necessary resources to strengthen engagement with donors, create a long-term plan for growth and sustainability, and carry out its mission even more effectively.

“This grant from the Fletcher Foundation will support our efforts that began in earnest last year to build a new advancement, development and fundraising infrastructure to support our mission to support public education across the state,” said Forum President and Executive Director Keith Poston.

“We are proud to work with Public School Forum and support their work as champions for public education in North Carolina,” said Damon Circosta, Executive Director of Fletcher Foundation. “Now, perhaps more than ever in our state’s history, we need strong leadership to inform, engage, and shape education policy to ensure all of our students receive a high-quality education.”

About the A.J. Fletcher Foundation

The mission of A.J. Fletcher Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina. To achieve this, Fletcher Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations to recognize and solve social and civic problems, providing necessary resources to advance big, bold ideas.  To learn more, visit www.ajf.org.

About the Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/

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