Current Grant Projects

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Asheville School

To appreciate the good that Western civilization has brought to the world, students must first understand it. And what better way to gain understanding than to read, and study, the classics of Western culture — works ranging from Homer to Locke.

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Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

Educating Future — and Current — Economists About Their Past Dr. Bruce Caldwell has established a world-class academic center at Duke University —the Center for the History of Political Economy (HOPE)— designed to teach the origins of one of the most essential disciplines of all time: economics. It’s an important mission because the history of [...]

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Liberty Leaders

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Baker Mitchell Devotes His Retirement to Educating Kids

A tale of two schools. That’s what prompted Baker Mitchell to embark on a journey to bring more education options to families in coastal North Carolina. The story began in the early 1990s.

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Jim Anthony Puts Faith Into Practice Through Giving

For Jim Anthony, it all began in 1983. An MBA graduate from Duke University, Jim had spent the last four years working as a brokerage professional in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when he decided to move his family.

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News & Insights

  • White Oak School gymnasium effort receives $5,000 grant

    RALEIGH – The John William Pope Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 grant to the White Oak School gymnasium revitalization project in Elizabethtown. “Buildings like the White Oak gymnasium are the backbone of many small communities,” said Art Pope, chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. “The Pope Foundation is proud to support [...]

  • UNC Lineberger physician-researchers honored with Pope Clinical Fellows Awards

    Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards.  Three physician-scientists in training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been honored for excellence in cancer-related research and in the practice of medical oncology. Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, [...]

  • The Fisherman’s Friend

    In 2009, John J. Miller wrote a piece for National Review about John William Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope.  At the time, Pope was also the president of the foundation, a family endeavor he helped to start.  The article takes an in-depth look at Art Pope’s background and giving philosophy. NATIONAL REVIEW December 21, 2009 [...]

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Press releases

  • White Oak School gymnasium effort receives $5,000 grant

    RALEIGH – The John William Pope Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 grant to the White Oak School gymnasium revitalization project in Elizabethtown. “Buildings like the White Oak gymnasium are the backbone of many small communities,” said Art Pope, chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. “The Pope Foundation is proud to support [...]

  • UNC Lineberger physician-researchers honored with Pope Clinical Fellows Awards

    Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards.  Three physician-scientists in training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been honored for excellence in cancer-related research and in the practice of medical oncology. Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, [...]

  • Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients

    John William Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients Nearly $1.7 million given primarily to North Carolina causes RALEIGH — The John William Pope Foundation recently completed its December board meeting, awarding $1,692,500 to schools, churches, arts organizations, and community groups in its winter grant cycle. The winter grants went primarily to organizations serving the Triangle area [...]

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Achiever Spotlights

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Cathy Heath Wages Decade-Long Battle to Protect Property Rights

Raising a flag on a hill — that’s the word picture Cathy Heath uses to describe her decade-long fight to reform North Carolina’s annexation laws.

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Public Policy Support

The Pope Foundation supports dozens of public-policy groups that defend America’s free-enterprise system.

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25th Anniversary Dinner

The Pope Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary — and over $100 million in giving — in December 2011.