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November 20, 2014

Pope Foundation Announces New Leadership

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John Hood named president, joining Vice President Joyce L. Pope RALEIGH, N.C. NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – Longtime think tank leader and political commentator John Hood has been named president of the John William Pope Foundation, the Raleigh-based grant making foundation reported today. The John William Pope Foundation Board of Directors elected Hood as president of the Pope Foundation effective January 5, 2015. Art Pope will step down as president and continue as chairman of the Pope Foundation. Pope is also the chairman and CEO of the North Carolina based retailer, Variety Wholesalers, Inc., and the co-founder of the Pope Foundation. “John will be joining my daughter, Joyce Pope, who has been serving as vice president since July 2013,” Pope said. “I am confident that our new leadership team will maintain and expand the important work we’ve done since 1986 through charitable grants to humanitarian, educational and cultural efforts. We will continue our mission to assist organizations that alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life for North Carolinians while also supporting long-term research and public policy efforts to increase prosperity and individual liberty. John Hood is uniquely qualified to lead the Pope Foundation to achieve these goals, and Joyce Pope provides a key opportunity to continue the work for future generations.” Hood helped found the John Locke Foundation and was one of its three employees when the Raleigh-based state think tank opened its doors in February 1990. He became JLF’s president in 1995 and the chairman of its board of directors a decade later. Under his leadership, the organization expanded its policy-research team, added a variety of educational and outreach programs, and created Carolina Journal, which provides news, analysis, and commentary on state politics and public policy to more than 150,000 North Carolinians through its print, radio and online editions. After he assumes the post of Pope Foundation president, Hood will continue to chair the board of JLF, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in February. His replacement as JLF president and CEO will be Kory Swanson, the think tank’s longtime executive vice president. “I was honored and delighted by the opportunity to lead the Pope Foundation, which has made such a difference in the lives of so many people for nearly three decades,” Hood said. “As a native North Carolinian and longtime friend of the Pope family, I share their vision for a stronger, more prosperous state in which economic opportunities are broadly shared, private charity plays a broader role in serving community needs, and our greatest educational, cultural, and artistic achievements are broadly appreciated.” Formerly a newspaper and magazine reporter, Hood will also continue his work in the print and broadcast media. He writes a twice-weekly syndicated column for 50 daily and community newspapers across North Carolina and a monthly column for Business North Carolina magazine. He is a weekly panelist on the statewide TV program “NC SPIN” and a regular commentator for radio and TV stations in North Carolina and elsewhere. Hood is the author of six books, ranging in subject from national politics and economic policy to North Carolina history. A former stage performer and 4-H volunteer who co-founded a summer theatre program in the Triangle area, he has also authored dozens of songs and a musical play. He is currently completing his seventh book, a biography of former North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin. A Mecklenburg County native, Hood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in journalism and competed on the debate team. While there, he founded The Carolina Critic, a student magazine that later added editions at five other college campuses. Hood is a William C. Friday Fellow in human relations and a former Bradley Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. At JLF, Hood helped create the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofits. The ranks of Morris Fellows include state lawmakers, local elected officials, entrepreneurs, business managers, professionals, educators, and citizen activists. Hood has also served on the faculty of the Institute of Political Leadership and on selection committees for the Friday Fellowship and the German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship. As the Pope Foundation’s vice president, Joyce Pope works with arts and humanitarian grantees and on the foundation’s day-to-day operations.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving both her undergraduate and law degrees there. She worked with the Washington, D.C. strategic communications consulting firm Greener and Hook, LLC, and while in law school interned at the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina under Judge Stephani Humrickhouse.  Joyce completed an externship at the Office of the Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties and was a summer associate at Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton, a Raleigh law firm. The transitions at the Pope Foundation also include Lindsay Hollandsworth as the new Communications Director, effective November 2014. Hollandsworth is a graduate of Wingate University. Prior to her work with the Pope Foundation, she served as Programs and Communications Manager for the Jesse Helms Center Foundation in Wingate, North Carolina. The John William Pope Foundation has been serving critical needs through generous grants since 1986.  The foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million with North Carolina charities and organizations being the primary beneficiaries.  For more information about the foundation, visit  

June 18, 2014

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Announces 2014 John William Pope Clinical Fellows

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              The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty has selected the recipients of the 2014 John William Pope Clinical Fellows awards. They are: David Chism, MD, MSc David Johnson, MD, MPH Christopher Tignanelli, MD    The Pope Foundation congratulates these very deserving fellows on their hard work and dedication and wishes them continued success in their research and careers.   Pictured above Left to Right: Joyce Pope, Vice President, John William Pope Foundation; Christopher Tignanelli, MD; David Chism, MD, MSc; David Johnson, MD, MPH; David Stover, Board Member, John William Pope Foundation.   Please click here for more information on each of the fellows and the details of the awards. ___________________________________________________________________________ Please click here to read more on the Pope Foundation grants to the  UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

May 22, 2014

In Memory of Joyce W. Pope

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Joyce Wilkins Pope passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014, surrounded by her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. Joy was born on November 10, 1929 in Linden, North Carolina, to William Arthur Wilkins and Ruth Tew Wilkins. Joy graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1947, and worked at Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville, NC before marrying her husband, John William Pope, on May 14, 1949. John and Joy moved from Fuquay Springs, NC to Raleigh in 1961. Joy enjoyed traveling, cooking, entertaining, and gardening. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Joy was especially passionate about the arts, and a longtime supporter of Raleigh Fine Arts, Carolina Ballet, and the North Carolina Symphony, as well as being a life long fan and supporter of the UNC Tarheels. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Joy was a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the board of directors of the John William Pope Foundation for 27 years, serving as its first president from 1986 until 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Joyce "Mandy" Pope of Citra, FL, and her son, James Arthur "Art" Pope and his wife Kathy of Raleigh; her brother, Philip A. Wilkins of Fayetteville; and her grandchildren, Joyce L. Pope of Raleigh, and Earle J.A. Pope of Boone, and their step-brother Nicholas G. Vail of Raleigh. She is preceded in death by her husband, John William Pope, and her son, John William Pope, Jr.

January 15, 2014

Upcoming event: 2014 John W. Pope lecture at NCSU, ‘Constitutional Structures and Political Culture,’ featuring Robert P. George

Categories: Announcements, Education, NCSU John W. Pope Lecture

Mark your calendar for Thursday evening, February 20, when renowned political thinker Robert P. George will deliver the 2014 John W. Pope lecture at N.C. State University. George's talk is entitled "Constitutional Structures, Limited Government, and Civic Virtue." When: February 20, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Where: N.C. State University, SAS Hall, located at 2311 Stinson Drive. (Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.) A reception will follow the speech. The event is free of charge and open to the public. The John W. Pope Lecture Series is hosted by North Carolina State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Poole College of Management to encourage dialogue on topics of political and economic interest. “Quality interaction with undergraduate students is a key component of the series,” says Dr. Andy Taylor, professor of Political Science at N.C. State. “Dr. George will offer a public lecture, but will also meet with our students.” Click here for a story on the 2013 John W. Pope lecture, delivered by economist Luigi Zingales on the topic of crony capitalism. ABOUT DR. GEORGE George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993), In Defense of Natural Law (1999), and The Clash of Orthodoxies (2001), among other works. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and elsewhere. He is general editor of New Forum Books, a Princeton University Press series of interdisciplinary works in law, culture, and politics.  A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, George also earned a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University. Among his awards are the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland and the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement.

January 03, 2014

Pope Foundation responds to Bill Moyers’ unfair attack

Categories: Announcements, Humanitarian, In The News, Public Policy

Bill Moyers, through Moyers & Company, recently released a documentary titled “State of Conflict: North Carolina.” Broadcast through the PBS network on Jan. 3, the one-hour program falsely portrayed the charitable work of the John William Pope Foundation and of our Chairman and President, Art Pope. “State of Conflict: North Carolina” repeated the false claim that Art Pope and the Pope Foundation “bought” the state of North Carolina, mostly through giving to public policy nonprofits that advocate for common sense free-market reforms. Mr. Moyers presented nothing new in his documentary — in fact, he’s late to the party. Many left-wing operatives have hurled similar accusations for years. The claims have never stuck because they are entirely false. But Mr. Moyers doesn’t merely repeat a falsehood. Worse, he conceals the fact that the Pope Foundation is not the largest grantor to public policy groups in North Carolina. While the Pope Foundation gives around $5 million to conservative, free-market organizations in North Carolina each year, that number pales in comparison to the $10 million to $11 million given annually by left-wing foundations to progressive groups in the Tar Heel State. In 2011 alone, three progressive foundations gave generously to left-of-center, liberal groups in North Carolina: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation ($9.2 million in grants), the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation ($614,000 in grants), and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation ($588,000 in grants). If North Carolina can indeed be bought, as Mr. Moyers and his allies claim, then shouldn’t it go to the highest bidder, the side that spent the most money? At the very least, journalistic integrity would require Mr. Moyers to present a complete picture of the philanthropic landscape in North Carolina. The fact that he ignored giving to liberal causes by the Reynolds Foundation and other philanthropies shows his bias and unreliability. Ironically, Mr. Moyers not only conceals spending by progressive foundations in North Carolina, but he also is Chairman Emeritus of the Schumann Media Center, a philanthropy that made almost $2 million in grants to left-of-center nonprofits in 2011. Eighty-five percent of the Schumann Center’s grant making is to groups that promote a liberal agenda. Given those facts, for Mr. Moyers to criticize the Pope Foundation for making grants to free-market groups is the epitome of hypocrisy. Moyers’ double standard is evident by the sponsors of his documentary. Eleven large foundations, with billions in total assets, support Moyers' program and financially back progressive causes. Yet Moyers chose to single out the Pope Foundation, whose $10 million in annual giving is dwarfed by the grant making of these larger foundations. On the topic of the Pope Foundation's giving, Mr. Moyers distorts our philanthropic portfolio. In addition to supporting public policy nonprofits, the Pope Foundation devotes millions to humanitarian causes, including soup kitchens, medical missions, food banks, and homeless shelters. Over its 25-year history, the Pope Foundation has made more than $9 million in grants for direct humanitarian support. While it is absolutely crucial to help people in need and to treat the symptoms of poverty, the best long-term solution is to cure the underlying causes of poverty, and raise people out of poverty permanently. The Pope Foundation does believe that the best way to cure poverty is the creation of jobs and prosperity, through a market economy, subject to the uniform rule of law, that protects the equal rights of all individuals. To accomplish this end, and with the belief that our democracy benefits from a full and open debate on public policy issues, the Pope Foundation also annually funds a large number of public policy organizations. The Pope Foundation is disappointed that Bill Moyers, the Schumann Center, and the 11 philanthropies that support his program would choose to falsely portray the charitable work of the Pope Foundation. David W. Riggs Executive Vice President John William Pope Foundation

October 15, 2013

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship

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RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 15, 2013 — The North Carolina-based Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is now taking applications for the 2014 Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in the free-market system. “We’re excited to assist a new class of young men reach their fullest potential,” said Dave Riggs, Executive Vice President of the John William Pope Foundation. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become business leaders. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council. To qualify, scouts must be seniors in high school and must have received their Eagle Scout rank in a troop within the Occoneechee Council territory. The Pope Foundation funds two scholarships, valued at $40,000, and the Occoneechee Council funds the other two, also valued at $40,000. The Occoneechee Council is the largest scouting council in North Carolina, serving 20,000 youths and covering 12 counties. Applications for the scholarship must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2014. Download a PDF of the application here. For more information, contact Dona Johnston at the Occoneechee Council at 919-872-4884 (ex. 222) or ABOUT THE POPE FOUNDATION The John William Pope Foundation, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million, primarily to charities and organizations in North Carolina. The Foundation is a private family foundation supported by the late John William Pope Sr. and his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: their late son, John William Pope Jr.; Amanda Pope; and Art Pope. The Pope Foundation receives additional support from the family’s business, Variety Wholesalers Inc., which owns and operates Roses, Maxway, Super 10, and other discount stores, and has its offices and distribution centers in Raleigh and Henderson, North Carolina. ###

March 12, 2013

Upcoming ‘Capitalism for the People’ lecture at N.C. State

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Mark your calendar for Wednesday evening, April 3, when economist Luigi Zingales will deliver the 2013 John W. Pope lecture on his new book, Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity. Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. When: April 3, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Where: N.C. State University, Nelson Hall Auditorium. (Parking is available in the parking deck on Dan Allen Drive.) A reception will follow the speech. The event is free of charge and open to the public.   Book Summary     Born in Italy, University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales witnessed firsthand the consequences of high inflation and unemployment—paired with rampant nepotism and cronyism—on a country’s economy. This experience profoundly shaped his professional interests, and in 1988 he arrived in the United States, armed with a political passion and the belief that economists should not merely interpret the world, but should change it for the better. In A Capitalism for the People, Zingales makes a forceful, philosophical, and at times personal argument that the roots of American capitalism are dying, and that the result is a drift toward the more corrupt systems found throughout Europe and much of the rest of the world. American capitalism, according to Zingales, grew in a unique incubator that provided it with a distinct flavor of competitiveness, a meritocratic nature that fostered trust in markets and a faith in mobility. Lately, however, that trust has been eroded by a betrayal of our pro-business elites, whose lobbying has come to dictate the market rather than be subject to it, and this betrayal has taken place with the complicity of our intellectual class. Because of this trend, much of the country is questioning—often with great anger—whether the system that has for so long buoyed their hopes has now betrayed them once and for all. What we are left with is either anti-market pitchfork populism or pro-business technocratic insularity. Neither of these options presents a way to preserve what the author calls “the lighthouse” of American capitalism. Zingales argues that the way forward is pro-market populism, a fostering of truly free and open competition for the good of the people—not for the good of big business. Drawing on the historical record of American populism at the turn of the twentieth century, Zingales illustrates how our current circumstances aren’t all that different. People in the middle and at the bottom are getting squeezed, while people at the top are only growing richer. The solutions now, as then, are reforms to economic policy that level the playing field. Reforms that may be anti-business (specifically anti-big business), but are squarely pro-market. The question is whether we can once again muster the courage to confront the powers that be.