Jack Hawke, a mainstay of Republican Party politics in North Carolina during the past five decades, passed away on Monday at the age of 72. Since he first entered politics in the late 1960s, Hawke played an instrumental role in shifting North Carolina from one-party rule to a competitive, two-party state. In addition to running for Congress, heading up congressional and gubernatorial campaigns for other candidates, and serving as N.C. Republican Party Chairman, Hawke was the first executive director of the John William Pope Civitas Institute. Art Pope, Chairman and President of the John William Pope Foundation, recalled Hawke's optimistic outlook on life, as reported by The News & Observer: Hawke’s style was always the happy warrior. He was a natural extrovert with a ready smile, a sunny disposition and a quip. His trademark expression: “Fan-tastic.” “He was always so positive and enthusiastic, even in the face of adversity, in bad results as well as good results,” Pope said. “He was knowledgeable. He was able to present advice, even when it was not appreciated, in a positive fashion. He can tell the bad news along with the good news.” Even when he delivered bad news, Pope said, Hawke always had a plan of action. Francis De Luca, current President of the Civitas Institute, commemorated Hawke as a cheerful emblem of North Carolina's progress: In many ways Jack was emblematic of the transitions North Carolina has gone through in the past fifty years. He came to North Carolina to attend law school at Duke, and he stayed. Jack was involved in most of the state’s political and policy developments from the Sixties on, and was on the leading edge of the movement to take North Carolina from a stagnant one-party state to today’s robust two-party system. Claude Pope, N.C. Republican Party Chairman, issued the following statement after Hawke's passing: The North Carolina Republican Party extends our deepest condolences to Jack’s family and the many friends he made throughout his life. Jack’s tremendous devotion to North Carolina, his sheer political brilliance, and his legendary sense of humor will be sorely missed. Jack was the longest serving chairman in the NCGOP’s history, and he was instrumental in building the party from the ground up. Without Jack’s enormous contributions to the NCGOP over the last several decades, we would not have a Republican Governor and Republican-controlled General Assembly for the first time in more than 100 years. John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation, shares several anecdotes from Hawke's political career here. Photo credit: Don Carrington, Carolina Journal.
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The Daily Dispatch, based out of Henderson, N.C., yesterday reported on the Pope Foundation's $35,000 in grants to food pantries in Vance County. The grants were part of a larger $185,000 given by the Pope Foundation in October to humanitarian charities. LifeLine Outreach Inc., a nonprofit based in Vance County that alleviates homelessness and assists women and children in crisis. (Photo credit: Daily Dispatch) The Dispatch reported: Local non-profits and faith-based organizations took a hit when the federal government closed for 16 days. The John William Pope Foundation made its yearly donations to Vance County charities a few months early this year to help offset the impact of the shutdown. “We heard on the ground that the federal government shutdown was having an effect on these charities doing this humanitarian work and what we decided to do was to expedite our end of the year funding to cover the shortfall caused by the shutdown,” said David Riggs of the Pope Foundation. The foundation is a private family foundation focused on humanitarian charities in Wake and Vance counties. The foundation donated $5,000 to Area Christians Together in Service, $10,000 to Life Line Outreach Inc. and $20,000 to the United Way of Vance County. Twanna Jones, executive director of ACTS, said her organization has not received a Pope Foundation grant in the past. “They heard about the great work that we were doing in the Vance County community,” Jones said. ACTS provides a daily soup kitchen on weekdays, a food pantry, backpack buddies, and Meals on Wheels for the disabled and elderly. Jones has plans to expand her operation with a mobile feeding program that supplies meals to all areas of need. She said the grant money would help with the expansion as well as day-to-day operations. “My goal is to have a seven-day a week soup kitchen that feeds twice a day,” Jones said. For the first time this year, ACTS will serve lunch on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to noon. (Note: A subscription is needed to view the entire article, but there is no cost.)
Responding to false statements recently made in a syndicated column, Pope Foundation Executive Vice President David Riggs corrected the record in this letter to the editor in The News & Observer (emphasis added): The Aug. 20 Other Opinion piece “The massacre of the N.C. model” by Bloomberg’s Al Hunt contained false statements about Art Pope and the John William Pope Foundation. Hunt wrote, “Pope has given to the Republican Party through his political action committee, foundations and personal contributions.” This is unequivocally false. Art Pope is a proud Republican, but he does not have his own political action committee. His personal contributions to the Republican Party do not come close to $1 million, even over his lifetime. The Pope Foundation, a charitable organization, has never contributed anything to the Republican Party. By reprinting Hunt’s false statement that the Pope Foundation contributed to the Republican Party, you falsely accused the foundation of a major violation of the IRS Code and campaign finance laws. The Pope Foundation has given millions of dollars to charities, including humanitarian, arts, education and public policy nonprofits. Humanitarian charity helps those in immediate need, treating the symptoms of poverty. The Pope Foundation’s support for public policy groups and those empowering individuals has the long-term goal of curing the underlying causes of poverty. Publishing the false and defamatory statement that the Pope Foundation gives to the Republican Party was a disservice both to your readers and to the charities supported by the Pope Foundation. DAVID RIGGS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, JOHN WILLIAM POPE FOUNDATION RALEIGH Updated: So, what does the Pope Foundation actually fund? Humanitarian groups and the fine arts, plus groups devoted to helping others through public policy and education. For example, Pope Foundation grantees help young people see the blessings of freedom in the U.S. Our grantees — such as SECU Family House — also comfort hurting families.
Dr. Ben Carson began — and ended — his speech on the evening of June 27 by referencing a quote attributed to the French political thinker and historian Alex de Tocqueville. “America is great because she is good,” de Tocqueville said. “If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Spring boarding off that sentiment, Carson encouraged an audience of 700 at a fundraiser for Upper Room Christian Academy (lead by John Amanchukwu) to defend and renew virtue, civil discourse, and the free-market economy in the United States. “Let us seize the opportunity to truly be good, so that we can hand off to our progeny a great nation,” Carson said. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, wowed the crowd gathered at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The speech was the headline event for the URCA’s scholarship fundraiser, which generated $250,000 toward giving low-income students an opportunity to attend the private school in southeast Raleigh. Carson leapt to conservative rock-star status in February 2013 at the National Prayer Breakfast. He advocated conservative policies and Christian values with President Barack Obama sitting just feet away. Many have floated Carson’s name as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. A free society During his speech last week, Carson criticized class warfare and big government and encouraged individual generosity in creating a free and vibrant society. “Class warfare is the last thing that should be going on in America,” he said. America was unique in the 18th and 19th centuries, Carson said, because it didn’t follow the pattern of Europe, where wealthy land barons hoarded wealth and passed it down from generation to generation. Instead, the wealthy in the United States created infrastructure, businesses, and jobs. “That led to the most vibrant middle class the world had ever seen that propelled us to the pinnacle of the world,” Carson said. A big part of that has been individual generosity. “Our founders understood that giving was the responsibility of the people, not the responsibility of government.” “We are a generous people,” he said. “We are our brother’s keeper. We do have a responsibility to those around us. People have never starved on the streets of America because we have always taken care of our people and we always will.” A compelling story Carson was born in Detroit and raised by a single mother. Despite struggling to rear her two boys in a crime- and poverty-ridden area, Carson’s mother never became bitter. “She never became a victim. She never felt sorry for herself,” Carson said. “What a difference it makes when you have a mindset of solving problems rather than blaming other people.” As he grew older, Carson wanted to be a psychiatrist. But later, he changed his mind in favor of neurosurgery. At the age of 33, he became the youngest major division director in the history of Johns Hopkins. He encouraged young people to pursue what they love and underscored the need for more interest in the hard sciences “We ought to encourage our young people when they go to college to go for the hard core stuff — physics, engineering,” he said. “We have to prepare for the age of technology. Sometimes it seems harsh, but we have to deal with the realities of the times in which we live if we want to maintain our pinnacle status in the world.”
News & Observer columnist Barry Saunders contributes this piece based on his interview with Dr. Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins University. (Dr. Carson will be the headline speaker at a fundraiser to provide partial scholarships to families in need. More info here.) Years ago, a man who worked as a soccer referee called to tell me that Raleigh’s Upper Room Christian Academy was one of the schools whose games he officiated. At the time, the Upper Room Church of God In Christ’s polarizing pastor, Patrick Wooden, was embroiled in one controversy or another and was much in the news. That’s not what the soccer official wanted to talk about, though. Never, the ref gushed, had he encountered children as well-behaved and mannerly as those from Upper Room. I don’t remember his exact quote, but the words “character” and “values” still stand out. Dr. Benjamin Carson, the much-sought-after, world famous neurosurgeon who is retiring this week from medicine for a possible life in politics, said the same thing when asked why he was kicking off his post-medicine career as the featured speaker at a scholarship fundraiser for the church’s school Thursday. “For one thing, they asked me,” Carson responded. “For another thing, it’s a place that is advocating values in a nation where we’re trying to get rid of values.” I was picking my jaw up off the floor and forgot to ask who was trying to get rid of values. Since so many on the right who’ve recently adopted Dr. Carson as their hero speak only about what is wrong with America, I asked the famed surgeon what’s good – you know, what about America excites him. “I’m excited about the potential that still exists,” he said. “I was in India two weeks ago, looking at the squalor there and recognizing how difficult it would be for somebody to rise. They have a caste system. In this country, however, you can come from nowhere and you can go to the top if you’re willing to work hard and take responsibility for yourself. “That’s probably the crowning jewel of America,” he said.
Former Gov. Jim Holshouser — one of only two Republicans elected chief executive in North Carolina in the 20th century — passed away Monday at the age of 78. A report from WRAL-TV outlines the impact of Holshouser's time in office: Holshouser was only 38 when he was elected governor in 1972, becoming the first Republican to lead the state since the 1800s. The Democratic Party controlled the General Assembly at the time, but Holshouser worked with lawmakers to expand public school kindergartens statewide, establish health clinics in rural areas not served by local physicians and expand the state parks system. “James Holshouser was more than a friend and mentor, he was a genuine leader,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a statement. “His passing is not only a loss for the state of North Carolina but for the countless number of people who were personally touched by his guidance and kindness." Holshouser helped McCrory transition into the Governor's Office after his victory in last November's election. "Compassion was the foundation of Gov. Holshouser’s life," McCrory said. "He was a champion of education, he made health care available in counties that didn’t have doctors and he provided historic professional opportunities to women and minorities. North Carolina is a better place because of his leadership and heart." In 2012, the John William Pope Foundation gave a grant of $30,000 toward the James E. Holshouser Jr. Distinguished Professorship in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. The school uses the professorship endowment to retain or recruit faculty members who bring intelligence, creativity, and deep commitment to serving state and local officials.
Grant-making efforts by Sir Antony Fisher in Great Britain paved the way for Margaret Thatcher's pro-free market reforms, according to Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill at Philanthropy Daily. She writes: Many tributes have been paid to Baroness Thatcher’s intelligence, fortitude, and statesmanship. And, while these encomia are thoroughly deserved, her successes were not hers alone. Thatcher’s success in changing Britain were in part due to changes in public opinion that preceded her election and may be credited, in part, to Sir Antony Fisher, the remarkable philanthropist who set about to change Britain by changing the views of those we would today call opinion-leaders. Fisher did not set out to be a philanthropist. Serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, he became a firm opponent of totalitarianism. Persuaded by economist F. A. Hayek’s argument that British socialism tended to totalitarianism, Fisher visited Hayek to ask for advice about how best to check British socialism. Fisher first proposed that he would enter politics and run for parliament. Hayek, however, convinced him that the best way to fight socialism was to inform opinion leaders about its dangers. Hayek was convinced that opinion leaders -- Hayek called them “intellectuals” -- had tremendous sway over policy.