North Carolina is a beautiful place to live and do business.  But despite its rich history and heritage, North Carolina needs improvement.

As of June 2014, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 6.4%, slightly higher than the national average. In some North Carolina counties, joblessness has not seen a significant decrease. Some counties register an unemployment rate well over 7 and 8%.  The poverty rate also is a persistent problem. The 2012 census showed North Carolina’s overall poverty rate at 17.2%. In the five-year period leading up to September 2014, North Carolina also saw a 33% participation increase in SNAP/Food Stamp programs – with the state now registering over 1.67 million recipients.

Amid those challenges, the John William Pope Foundation is honored to play a role in providing greater equality of opportunity and the freedom to pursue those opportunities. The Foundation’s philanthropic vision is rooted in meeting real human needs, both in the short-term, through humanitarian aid, and in the long-term, through liberty-oriented organizations that foster a freer, more prosperous society so that everyone benefits in an environment where hard work is rewarded.

The Pope Foundation is concerned with the whole person. That’s why we support the arts, which nurture the soul, and educational institutions, which nurture the mind. When individual lives improve, society as a whole improves as well.

In keeping with its goal of providing the most good for the most number of people, the Pope Foundation’s operations are remarkable lean compared to other philanthropies of its size. Just 4% of our budget goes to overhead; the rest goes directly to aiding our fellow North Carolinians.

A legacy of generosity

Our specific areas of investment for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the organizations supported are below.


Jesse Helms Center Foundation $25,000
John Locke Foundation-EA Morris Fellowship $65,000
John Locke Foundation $2,549,877
John William Pope Civitas Institute $1,080,000
NC Family Policy Council $100,000
NC Free Enterprise Foundation $25,000
NC Institute for Constitutional Law $187,500
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy $542,800
TOTAL – NC Public Policy:   $4,575,177



Acton Institute $5,000
Americans for Tax Reform Foundation $25,000
America’s Future Foundation $5,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $20,000
Capital Research Center $10,000
Cato Institute $25,000
Center for Equal Opportunity $5,000
Competitive Enterprise Institute $10,000
Donors Trust $200,000
Heritage Foundation $25,000
Independent Women’s Forum $10,000
Institute for Justice $50,000
Mercatus Center $10,000
Pacific Legal Foundation $10,000
Pacific Research Institute $5,000
Philanthropic Enterprise $5,000
Philanthropy Roundtable $25,000
Property and Environment Research Center $10,000
Reason Foundation $50,000
State Policy Network $25,000
TOTAL – National Public Policy:   $530,000



Asheville School $225,000
Benjamin Rush Society $10,000
Blessed Sacrament School $10,000
Boy Scouts of America – Occoneeche Council $50,000
The Federalist Society $50,000
Foundation for Economic Education $5,000
Fund for American Studies $25,000
Institute for Humane Studies $455,000
Liberty & Law Institute $5,000
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research $25,000
Neuse Christian Academy $2,500
North Carolina State Foundation $85,200
Raleigh Charter High School $25,000
Ravenscroft School $25,000
Student Free Press Association $10,000
UNC-CH-Arts & Sciences Foundation $50,000
Upper Room Christian Academy $10,000
Virginia Episcopal School $25,000
TOTAL  – Education:   $1,092,700



ACTS of Vance County $5,000
Alliance Medical Ministry $25,000
Barium Springs Home for Children $10,000
CORRAL Riding Academy $5,000
Disabilities Education Support Center $5,000
Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC $20,000
Food Bank of the Albemarle $15,000
Full Gospel Tabernacle $25,000
Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation $50,000
Green Chair Project $5,000
H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library $10,000
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County $20,000
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program $5,000
Henderson YMCA $5,000
Hope Reins $5,000
Interfaith Food Shuttle $10,000
Jobs for Life $10,000
Lifeline Outreach $10,000
NC Youth Legislative Assembly Admin (YLA) $5,000
Prevent Child Abuse NC $40,000
Raleigh Rescue Mission $15,000
Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill $15,000
Safe Haven for Cats $5,000
Salvation Army of Wake County $10,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern NC $15,000
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals $25,000
Shepherd’s Table $10,000
StepUp Ministry $25,000
Thoroughbred Charities of America $5,000
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center $400,000
United Way of Vance County $20,000
Urban Ministries of Wake County $10,000
Vance County Historical Society $5,000
White Memorial Presbyterian $50,000
YMCA of the Triangle $5,000
TOTAL – Humanitarian:   $900,000



Carolina Ballet $25,000
NC Museum of Art $25,000
NC Opera Company $10,000
NC Symphony $35,000
NC Theatre $28,000
Performance Edge $5,000
Raleigh Fine Arts Society $25,000
Raleigh Little Theatre   $5,000
TOTAL – Arts:   $158,000


Total Giving FY 2013-2014:  $7,255,877