Rethinking School Discipline
Rethinking School Discipline

Rethinking School Discipline

Imagine a classroom without chaos, a school where all students are engaged. Imagine a school district where minor infractions like being late for class prompt questions of genuine concern, not detrimental cycles of punishment. Working with child advocates, we believe it …

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Paving the Path to Citizenship

Paving the Path to Citizenship

UPDATE: This POLITICO Magazine cover story – an essay by deported veteran, father, and entrepreneur, Howard Dean Bailey – tells how our broken immigration system tore Howard away from his family and the country he served. Read the full story …

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March 2014 Newsletter — Foundations at the White House

March 2014 Newsletter — Foundations at the White House

Check out a report on Fenton’s recent work on many fronts. So proud of our staff!


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Foundations Join the President for Young Men of Color

Photo © Tom Williams

Many of the nation’s leading foundations were recently at the White House

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Want everyone else to buy into environmentalism? Never say…

Want everyone else to buy into environmentalism? Never say “Earth” – GRIST interview with David Fenton

Originally appeared in grist.org on March 12, 2014

For over three decades, David Fenton has played an unusual role in the environmental movement: marketing it. The company he founded, Fenton Communications, has worked with everyone from Nelson Mandela to MoveOn.org. …

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Five Faves from FRANK Change Communicators

Five Faves from FRANK Change Communicators

My grandmother used to express her confusion about the work that I do. “Honey,” she’d say, “I don’t understand why you’re trying to prevent kids from smoking. I thought that you were saving manatees and protecting water.”

Most of us …

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From the White House to Alameda

From the White House to Alameda

Last week, President Obama announced the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, a new White House initiative to help empower boys and young men of color.

The announcement was momentous. In addition to establishing an interagency task force to accelerate …

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It’s the inequality, stupid

It’s the inequality, stupid

If you were looking forward to a great American recovery this year, so far things are coming up…downright depressing. With $8 billion just cut from the SNAP (food stamps) program, the housing market turned into a vicious game for Wall …

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Rent Check Payable to Wall Street

Rent Check Payable to Wall Street

As a 20-something renter, the idea of owning a home makes me break a sweat.

But when I do decide to settle down for my piece of the American dream one day, will home ownership still be an option? Not …

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20 apps and tools to make life slightly more…

20 apps and tools to make life slightly more awesome

Ever since I bought a smartphone I’ve been downloading apps in hopes that they’ll make my life a little easier, and a little more awesome.

But finding good apps can be tricky. There are now over one million apps up …

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A Valentine’s Victory for the Pachyderm

A Valentine’s Victory for the Pachyderm

President Obama gave beleaguered elephants an early Valentine’s Day gift earlier this week when the White House effectively banned all imports, exports, and resale of ivory in the United States. These efforts are part of a greater plan to reduce …

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Stories Create Change

Stories Create Change

Fenton has a long tradition of attending the Creating Change conference, the largest gathering of progressive LGBT leaders and their allies hosted each year by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. This year, I was honored to attend, leading …

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Fenton Celebrates International Human Rights Day by Spotlighting LGBT…

Fenton Celebrates International Human Rights Day by Spotlighting LGBT Injustice in Russia

As the world comes together to celebrate International Human Rights Day, Fenton is proud to partner with a movement, Uprising of Love, that is bringing attention to a modern day human rights crisis. With the Winter Olympics fast approaching, …

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Ten Issues to Watch in 2014

Ten Issues to Watch in 2014

Wondering what’s up and coming on the cutting edge of progress? In 2014, those of us in the social justice world will keep these 10 hot issues on the front burner:

1. Income Inequality

Get ready, because 2014 will be …

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Fenton Helps Foundations Banding Together to Get Rid of…

Fenton Helps Foundations Banding Together to Get Rid of Fossil-Fuel Investments

Fenton is honored to be working for this coalition of foundations divesting from “owning climate change.”   Read the New York Times story about the efforts and visit the coalition website we created.…

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Nonprofits Join Forces to Give Black Men a Brighter…

Nonprofits Join Forces to Give Black Men a Brighter Future

This piece originally appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on December 9, 2013. 

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Chris Casaburi, for The Chronicle

During the past decade or so, Shawn Dove has all too regularly become dismayed as foundation-led efforts aimed at young black and …

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Reflections on working for Nelson Mandela… by David Fenton

Reflections on working for Nelson Mandela… by David Fenton

The greatest privilege of my life as an activist was working with Nelson Mandela.

He was the closest thing to a saint I have ever met – a man truly without anger. And given what was done to him, how …

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Exxon’s CEO and Me

Exxon’s CEO and Me

Originally published on The Huffington Post.

Dear Rex Tillerson, CEO, Exxon/Mobil:

I’m the one who asked you about global warming at the Council on Foreign Relations last week. Your answer was light years ahead of Mitt Romney and half …

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#CSRchat Recap: Sustainability at Coca-Cola

#CSRchat Recap: Sustainability at Coca-Cola

Last week’s #CSRchat featured Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer at the Coca-Cola Company.

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