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.)
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An unfortunate legacy of modern philanthropy is the forsaking of donor intent. Foundations that exist in perpetuity often abandon the principles of the original wealth creators — and frequently, staff and boards steer the foundations in a left-wing direction. There are examples of donor intent triumphing, however. One of those is the Daniels Fund, based in Denver, Colorado. Martin Morse Wooster writes about that success here: In November 2003, the Daniels Fund, a three-year old Denver-based charity, announced a dramatic downsizing, closing regional offices in three states and sacking 21 employees—a third of its staff. “We have to operate more efficiently,” foundation president Hank Brown said at the time.1 Three months later the liberal establishment fired back. The New York Timesreported on the turmoil. “Had his ashes—combined at his request with those of his beloved cat, Sydney—not been scattered over the Pacific three years ago, Bill Daniels would probably be turning over in his grave.”2 Denver Post columnist Susan Barnes-Gelt also objected, noting that the fund’s creator, Robert William “Bill” Daniels, gave millions of dollars in his lifetime to the University of Denver to establish courses in business ethics. Daniels was so generous the university renamed its business school after him. “Daniels believed that rigorous training in leadership and values were the key to business success,” Barnes-Gelt observed. “Meanwhile … the Daniels Fund struggles to emulate the charitable struggles of its namesake. The fund’s behavior appears more appropriate to a compliance-based widget factory than a charitable foundation.”3 “I think there is politics at play here,” protested Georgetown University philanthropy scholar Pablo Eisenberg. “This is sort of like a right-wing coup.”4 Given that Bill Daniels had explicitly told his foundation he never wanted to support liberal causes, it’s silly to imagine that the Daniels Fund could be “taken over” by the Right. If the foundation was to respect its benefactor’s intentions, it could not continue to drift leftward. Consider that Daniels was a life-long Republican who ran for governor of Colorado in 1974, losing the primary. He gave six-figure contributions to the GOP in at least two presidential contests, and in 1991 hired Neil Bush, son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, to work in his company’s Houston office. In addition, Daniels held a campaign fundraiser for the elder Bush in 1987 and in 1990 sponsored a charitable fundraising event hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush and Neil Bush’s wife, Sharon.5 In 2003, President George H.W. Bush wrote a preface to a biography of Daniels commissioned by his estate. “If one were to ask me to name someone who exemplified the dynamism of America in the twentieth century,” he said, “I’d be hard pressed to come up with a better example than my old friend, Bill Daniels.”6 The true story of the Daniels Fund is that rarest of things—a foundation that has recovered its donor’s intent.
RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 21, 2013 — To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian nonprofits with financial support, support that is leveraged by their great volunteers and staff,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “With the added uncertainty and potential increase in need due to a partial federal government shutdown, the Pope Foundation decided to give earlier and more to help these private and volunteer charitable institutions fill the gap and offer a hand up to those most in need," Pope said. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Thirteen organizations will benefit from the accelerated grants. These organizations meet the immediate needs of children, women, and men by providing food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. "With these extra funds, we'll be able to go and buy meat, baby formula, and diapers," said Dorothy Hunt, Executive Director of Lifeline Outreach Inc., a nonprofit based in Vance County that alleviates homelessness and assists women and children in crisis. "The grant will enable us to continue doing what we're already doing, but on an increased level," she added. "Helping these people is the call of God on us." The grants are: $25,000 — Alliance Medical Ministry $5,000 — Area Christians Together for Service $15,000 — Food Bank of the Albemarle $20,000 — Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. $20,000 — Habitat for Humanity of Wake County $10,000 — Interfaith Food Shuttle $10,000 — Lifeline Outreach Inc. $15,000 — Raleigh Rescue Mission $10,000 — Salvation Army of Wake County $15,000 — Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. $10,000 — Shepherd’s Table $10,000 — Urban Ministries of Wake County $20,000 — United Way of Vance County Since its founding in 1986, the Pope Foundation has given millions to humanitarian charities, mainly in Wake County and adjacent regions. For more information, interviews, or details on the application process, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or email@example.com. 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. ###
Who doesn't want to be happy? But often, the pursuits and pleasures we assume will bring happiness never do in the end. Writing in Philanthropy Daily, middle-school teacher Abigail Clevenger suggests that participating in a vibrant civil society — family, church, and local community — is a key ingredient for achieving personal and national happiness. She launches her argument off a recent speech by the American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks on "the secret of happiness": The problem is that we try to measure happiness, both personally and nationally, with what is easily measured: money and material goods. So we quickly become a nation primed for consumption and the never-ending quest to satiate unlimited desires. The government ends up encouraging materialism and the assumption that money (or entitlements) can buy happiness. Alas, time and again, the stats clearly demonstrate that money just doesn’t buy elusive happiness. Again, for an individual or society to be happy, statistically speaking, it should invest in its civil society, and one way of the best ways to do that is through charity. But to be effectively charitable, you need to have a system in place that most allows charities to flourish. An “entitlement” society does not always allow us to be charitable. It also takes away the opportunity for us to “earn” success or work personally and creatively for the common good of others, another point Brooks makes. For Brooks and AEI, the free market and enterprise system provides the paradigm most “in accord with virtue” that allows for flourishing civil societies. In contrast, the entitlement-driven progressive agenda puts up bureaucratic barriers that often hamstring civil society (family, church, and local community).
RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 2, 2013 — State Policy Network, a national group that strengthens free-market think tanks in the states, has honored the John William Pope Foundation and other liberty-oriented groups in North Carolina with the second annual Network Award. The Network Award is designed to acknowledge the valuable free-enterprise contributions of state-based groups. David Stover, Board Member of the Pope Foundation and the John Locke Foundation, accepted the award on Sept. 26 at SPN’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ “Nationwide, our liberties are being tested every day, but it’s at the state level that we are seeing a resurgent spirit and steadfast resolve to protect our precious freedoms,” Stover said. “North Carolina is a great example of state think tanks providing innovative public policy leadership and direction.” [nggallery id=spn-award] Representatives from five North Carolina think tanks joined Stover on stage to accept the honor: The John Locke Foundation, the John William Pope Civitas Institute, the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, and the N.C. Education Alliance. Tony Woodlief, SPN’s Executive Vice President, presented the Network Award to Stover. “North Carolina reinforces the lessons we’ve seen in Wisconsin and Michigan over the years: Important reforms are possible when principled leaders and investors apply their many talents in cooperation,” Woodlief said. For more information or interviews, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. ###
Are donors who give to inner-city missions worthy of higher praise than donors who give to the opera? That’s the central question examined in two competing columns recently published by Philanthropy Journal. In the first column, author Eric Friedman argues that philanthropy should be, principally, about helping the poor: Is philanthropy about helping those in need or pursuing the personal passions of the donor? If it is the former, then shouldn't a central tenet be to try to provide the most help possible? In this case, such donor-driven strategies should be widely regarded as failed philanthropy. Being honest is not just about not lying but also requires a certain level of frankness. Not every good cause is equally good, and not every donor is equally deserving of praise. As long as the philanthropic community views those who donate millions to their favorite opera houses to be as generous as those who help the poorest people in the world, there is a lack of honesty. We should reserve the highest public praise for donors with the most altruistic motives and better understand our own reasons for giving. This type of honesty would lead donors to be less whimsical and more thoughtful about their giving choices. On the flipside of that argument, Milton Rhodes (CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County) contends that philanthropy should reflect a donor’s passion: Who defines "needs"? At this point, it is interesting to note that studies over the last many years have showed that people on the lower end of the economic scale give a greater percentage of their income to charities than those on the higher end. Their feelings and passions count, also. You and I can judge, using whatever arbitrary standard we individually choose, the acts of others - here, charitable contributions - and withhold praise when it suits us. That is our privilege. But the notion of creating a hierarchy of "goodness" and ignoring the contributions of those who do not share our values defines reason. Because the "whims and preferences" of others do not conform to ours does not mean we are right and they are wrong. Will St. Peter stand at the Pearly Gates and separate those who contributed to the arts from those who contributed to feeding of the poor? I think not. Piggybacking off Rhodes’ point, the real issue here is regulation. Philanthropy, as it stands now in the United States, is a marketplace in which we copy successes and discard failures. Those who wish for more governmental interference in philanthropy — say, through funneling charitable dollars to where the powers that be believe they are most needed — want that marketplace to be tightly regulated. Should we? The answer: Most certainly not. By increasing government control over philanthropy, we would convert the world of charitable giving from a free marketplace to a political marketplace. Bureaucrats and elected officials would make decisions about what constitutes “good” and “bad” philanthropy. Similar to the failures of the welfare state since the 1960s, this would help no one and harm many. The best bet for a robust future for philanthropy is a robust, free marketplace. In the end, donor passion need not be in conflict with helping those most in need. The goal is to maintain a strong mix of philanthropic passion with logic and reason.
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.