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ALS Awareness and the Philanthromeme

ALS Awareness and the Philanthromeme

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re about to.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the Internet by storm – the latest in a series of viral efforts to raise awareness (and money) for important causes, like ALS. …

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Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around…

Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World

Soon to be released, Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World, is a groundbreaking collection of articles unmasking exploitation, abuse, and oppression over the past one hundred years. Organized around general topics including labor abuses, …

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A Gathering of Leaders 2014
Lessons Learned from #AGoL2014

Lessons Learned from #AGoL2014

Recently, in Oakland, California, A Gathering of Leaders (AGoL) brought together more than 400 leaders from across the country to continue building a movement where success for boys and men of color is not the exception, but the norm. I …

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Fenton joins A Gathering of Leaders

Fenton joins A Gathering of Leaders

A future in which success for boys and men of color is the norm.

That is the vision. But what will it take to achieve significant change? A broad-based movement and the strategic coordination of funders, researchers, policymakers, advocates and …

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What if We Could Reimagine, Redesign and Regenerate?

What if We Could Reimagine, Redesign and Regenerate?

This question was the theme of Sustainable Brands ’14, hosted in San Diego last week. Fenton’s Sustainability and CSR team attended to moderate  panels on human capital, forced labor and trafficking, and to exhibit in the Activation Hub.

From the …

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Fenton goes to Sustainable Brands ‘14

Fenton goes to Sustainable Brands ‘14

“What if…?”

Fenton will be asking a big question of attendees at the Sustainable Brands ’14 conference in San Diego this week.

Over 2,000 brand, sustainability and design innovation professionals, as well as social entrepreneurs, will gather at Paradise Point to explore …

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An Ethical Choice for Energy

An Ethical Choice for Energy

As part of Fenton’s partnership with Ethical Electric, we worked with the New York Times to profile the company and its CEO, Tom Matzzie.  The front page business section article showcased the social mission and value proposition Ethical Electric is …

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Breast Cancer Advocacy in the Digital Age

Breast Cancer Advocacy in the Digital Age

In 1991, a group of breast cancer survivors came together to demand greater support, information, and services for women – and to make ending the disease a priority for our government.

2.6 million letters, 60,000 members, and nearly $3 billion …

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Reflections on Women Leading Social Change

Reflections on Women Leading Social Change

While reflecting on the work we’ve done this past year our team noticed a common theme: Many of the most effective and inspiring organizations we are honored to support are led by women. Women who are mobilizing campaigns, tackling egregious …

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Grand Boulevard Initiative Wins Sustainability Award

Grand Boulevard Initiative Wins Sustainability Award

How do you bring together 19 cities, a myriad of government agencies and a gaggle of community organizations to revitalize a really long road? How do you balance broad requirements with individualized community needs? And perhaps the most challenging question …

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Global Health J&J Twitter Chat
Hashtags for Global Health: How To Use Twitter to…

Hashtags for Global Health: How To Use Twitter to Celebrate Health Workers

On Monday April 7, the global health community celebrated World Health Day and kicked off the second annual World Health Workers Week.

People often take the presence of doctors and nurses for granted. But the world’s poorest countries face a …

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This Earth Day, Join the Movement

This Earth Day, Join the Movement

“A thermometer is neither Republican or Democrat.”

That’s my favorite line to date from Showtime’s new climate television series, Years of Living Dangerously. Guess who said it?

– climate scientist

– evangelical minister

– student activist

If you picked climate …

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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

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

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Want everyone else to buy into environmentalism? – GRIST…

Want everyone else to buy into environmentalism? – 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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