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June 26, 2013

Pope Foundation Announces New Feature: ‘Liberty Leaders”

Categories: Education, Humanitarian, Press Releases, Public Policy, The Arts

RALEIGH, N.C. JUNE. 26, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, has announced a new feature on its website — Liberty Leaders. The series features stories of generous free-market, conservative philanthropists and the causes and people they support and help. "A bedrock of civilized, free society is individual generosity," said Dave Riggs, Vice President for Operations and Programs at the Pope Foundation. "We're excited to create this new feature that will highlight the lives of individuals who give generously in the name of liberty — and hopefully convince others to do the same." In addition to Liberty Leaders, the Pope Foundation has two other series — Grantee Profiles, which focuses on the good work of nonprofits in our community, and Achiever Spotlights, which highlight the lives of individuals who have achieved much, thanks in large part to nonprofits supported by the Foundation. For more information or interviews, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.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. ###

February 19, 2013

Pope Foundation Announces 2013 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

Categories: Announcements, Entrepreneurship, Humanitarian, Press Releases

RALEIGH, N.C. FEB. 19, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, is proud to announce the 2013 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in the military, small business, and music industry. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become leaders in the free-enterprise system. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council. “Helping these Eagle Scouts become the greatest leaders of tomorrow — that’s our goal,” said John Akerman, CEO of the Occoneechee Council, the scouting council that administers the scholarship. “We’re excited to see where life takes this newest class of young men.” 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. The 2013 class of scholars comprises: Michael Beley: Plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and own an engineering firm. Timothy Germann Jr.: Plans to pursue a career in the United States armed forces. Charles R. Smith: Plans to study business management with a minor in economics and own a financial or management company. Cameron Theobald: Plans to pursue a career in music and own a recording studio. For more information or interviews, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.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. ###

December 20, 2012

Art Pope Joins McCrory Administration as Deputy Budget Director

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 20, 2012 — Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation and CEO of Variety Wholesalers Inc., has accepted the position of Deputy Budget Director in the McCrory Administration. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join with Governor-elect McCrory and the rest of the administration in building a brighter future for North Carolina,” Pope said. Pope brings varied public service experience to his new role, having served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and as Special Counsel to Gov. Jim Martin. In 1992, he was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Learn more about Pope’s public service Learn more about Pope’s philanthropic efforts Throughout his public service career, Pope’s top goal has been to reform North Carolina’s budget and tax system to better serve citizens. Pope also oversees the giving of the Pope Foundation, one of the most generous philanthropies in North Carolina. Located in Wake County, the Foundation donates $10 million each year to public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts. ###

December 13, 2012

Pope Foundation Makes $810,500 in Grants to Community Charities, Schools, Churches, and the Arts

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 13, 2012 — The John William Pope Foundation has announced its December cycle of grants — $810,500 in giving to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts. “We’re privileged to continue supporting these organizations that help so many in our community,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “In these difficult times in North Carolina, families continue to struggle. These humanitarian organizations provide a helping hand for those in need.” With the 2012 cycle of grants, the Pope Foundation added four new charities to its grantee list: SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals: Provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics. The Green Chair Project: Accepts gently used furniture and household items and re-sells them at a significant markdown to the working poor. Families benefit, and so does the environment because furniture that otherwise might end up in a landfill is reused. Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program: Provides horseback riding lessons for special-needs children. Therapeutic horseback riding has proven physical, mental, and psychological benefits for individuals with disabilities. Miracle League of the Triangle: Offers an opportunity for special-needs children to play baseball. For more information, interviews, or details on the application process, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.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. DECEMBER GRANTEES: $10,000 — Alliance Medical Ministry $10,000 — Barium Springs Home for Children $10,000 — Blessed Sacrament School $5,000   — Capitol Commission $25,000 — Carolina Ballet $5,000   — Disabilities Education Support Center $5,000   — Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. $25,000 — Full Gospel Tabernacle $5,000   — Godwin Presbyterian Church $5,000   — Green Chair Project $10,000 — H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library $10,000 — Habitat for Humanity of Wake County $5,000   — Helping Horse $5,000   — Henderson YMCA $5,000   — Hope Reins $10,000 — Hospice of Wake County Foundation $5,000   — Interfaith Food Shuttle $3,000   — Lifeline Outreach $5,000   — Miracle League of the Triangle $10,000 — N.C. Opera $25,000 — N.C. Symphony $25,000 — N.C. Theatre $5,000   — N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly Administration $2,500   — Neuse Christian Academy $50,000 — Occoneechee Boy Scouts Council $5,000    — Performance Edge $25,000  — Prevent Child Abuse N.C. $25,000  — Raleigh Charter High School $25,000  — Raleigh Fine Arts Society $5,000    — Raleigh Rescue Mission $25,000  — Ravenscroft School $5,000    — SAFE Haven for Cats $5,000    — Salvation Army of Wake County $25,000  — SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals $5,000    — Shepherd’s Table $25,000  — StepUp Ministry $225,000 — The Asheville School $10,000   — United Way of Vance County $10,000   — Upper Room Christian Academy $5,000     — Vance County Historical Society $25,000   — Virginia Episcopal School $50,000   — White Memorial Presbyterian Church $30,000   — YMCA of the Triangle ###

December 12, 2012

Pope Foundation Gives $25,000 to Help Seriously Ill Patients

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Reprinted with permission. Visit SECU Family House's website here. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. DEC. 10, 2012 — SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh, N.C. SECU Family House is a 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house in Chapel Hill, N.C., serving seriously ill adult patients at UNC Hospitals and their family members or caregivers. “We are grateful for this very generous gift from the Pope Foundation and family,” says Family House Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick. “Never has the need been greater for affordable accommodations for patients who undergo extended treatment for cancer, transplant, burn, or trauma—and for their caregivers. The comfort and sanctuary our volunteers, staff and guests provide during that time is inestimable. This grant helps to ensure that families can stay here without undue financial burden.” The $25,000 grant is directed to the House’s family assistance fund, “Fund A Family,” which provides aid as needed so that guests pay as little as $5 per night not only for a room at SECU Family House, but also for access to all the comforts of home and a community of families facing similar struggles. It will benefit more than 100 families by filling the gap between the House’s operating costs and the fees received per room. “We’re honored to support SECU Family House,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. “The value of providing a caring, hospitable environment for those undergoing difficult cancer treatments can’t be overestimated. The number of lives touched is profound, and we’re privileged to play a small roll in backing this important work.” SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals provides an affordable, safe, nurturing home away from home for seriously ill patients, their family members, and caregivers from throughout North Carolina and beyond. Family House is located minutes from UNC Hospitals and supports families of patients—and most often the patient him/herself—receiving treatment for cancer, transplants, trauma, burns, eating disorders, or other serious illness. The John William Pope Foundation is a private, family foundation, supported by the late John W. Pope, Sr., of Raleigh, North Carolina, his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: Art Pope of Raleigh, North Carolina, Amanda Pope of Citra, Florida, and their late son, John William Pope, Jr. 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 holds its offices and distribution centers in Raleigh and Henderson, North Carolina. The John William Pope Foundation works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The Foundation makes grants to support public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts. FOR INFORMATION: Pope Foundation Contacts: Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.org SECU Family House Contacts: Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick or Development Associate Kirsten Beattie at 919-932-8000 or kirsten@secufamilyhouse.org ###

October 02, 2012

Pope Foundation Launches New Website

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RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 2, 2012 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, has launched a redesigned website to more effectively communicate with fellow donors, the public, and the media. “Our expanded online presence serves as an important step in continuing my father’s legacy of generosity and goodwill,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “Our goal is to underscore the vital work being done by our grantees.” The website describes the Pope Foundation’s four areas of philanthropic investment — public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts — that amounts to over $10 million in giving each year. It also tells John William Pope’s remarkable story — from his humble beginning working in his father’s five-and-dime store during the Great Depression to becoming head of a retail chain serving 300 communities across the southeast and employing thousands. Six grantees — including StepUp Ministry, Carolina Ballet, and the Boy Scouts of America — are highlighted on the new website, with more to follow in the coming weeks. The website also spotlights high-achieving individuals who have been assisted by Pope Foundation-supported grantees. “The generosity of the Pope family has benefited North Carolina and the entire nation for over 25 years,” said Dave Riggs, Vice President for Programs and Operations at the Pope Foundation. “Because of their kindness, thousands of lives have improved from over $100 million in giving. This website is another step in furthering that heritage.” For more information, interviews, or details on the application process, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.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. ###

December 12, 2011

Pope Foundation Donates $1.2 Million to Charities, Hosts Fundraiser for StepUp Ministry

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 12, 2011 — Art Pope, President of the John William Pope Foundation, announced today that the Foundation’s board has approved $1,240,000 in local charitable grants. The charitable grants were awarded to humanitarian, arts, and education non-profits as well as Universities in the Raleigh area. “I am glad that the Pope Foundation, with the support of Variety Wholesalers, can continue its charitable giving in these hard economic times of need, and even step up our giving by raising $300,000 for StepUp Ministry.” The Pope Foundation awarded $800,000 to groups such as the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Alliance Medical Ministry, and Habitat for Humanity, which focus on alleviating poverty, poor health, and housing deficiencies. Additional grants to the NC Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Symphony, and Performance Edge support and enhance cultural institutions. Also in calendar year 2011, the Pope Foundation awarded grants to local universities including a $300,000 donation (of a $1.2 million pledge) to Campbell University’s Law School in downtown Raleigh and $140,000 for a Public Choice, Law, and Economics program at North Carolina State University. On December 3, 2011, the Pope Foundation celebrated 25 years of grant making by hosting a dinner and fundraiser for StepUP Ministry, a non-profit specializing in job and life skills training. As unemployment continues to plague our economy, StepUP Ministry has helped the community by placing 300 jobless and sometimes homeless individuals into Wake County jobs. With the $300,000 raised at the Pope Foundation dinner, StepUP plans to increase their job-placement number to 600 by the end of 2014. The John William Pope Foundation is a private, family foundation, supported by the late John W. Pope, Sr., of Raleigh, North Carolina, his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: Art Pope of Raleigh, North Carolina, Amanda Pope of Citra, Florida, and their late son, John William Pope, Jr. 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 holds its offices and distribution centers in Raleigh and Henderson, North Carolina. For more information, interviews, or details on the application process, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6449 or press@jwpf.org. ###