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December 11, 2013

Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients, Bringing 2013 Total to Over $1 Million in Giving to Humanitarian and Arts Organizations

Categories: Humanitarian, Press Releases, The Arts

RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 11, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation has announced $802,500 in giving to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts — bringing the Foundation’s total giving to humanitarian and arts organizations in 2013 to over $1 million. “We’re honored to continue supporting these valuable community nonprofits that help the most vulnerable among us and that enrich our lives through education and the creative arts,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ The new grants are in addition to $200,000 in direct support to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, medical missions, and other organizations given by the Pope Foundation since July. Of that number, $185,000 were accelerated grants meant to mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October. With the December 2013 cycle of grants, the Pope Foundation added seven new charities to its grantee list: CORRAL Riding Academy: A horseback riding program designed to promote healing, growth, and lasting change for low-income, at-risk girls in Wake County. Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation: A grant-making foundation that helps horses by funding veterinary research at universities throughout North America and beyond. Jobs for Life: A ministry that provides toolkits to churches and community nonprofits to help the unemployed find work. N.C. Museum of Art: Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, a museum that features an extensive art collection, educational programs throughout the year, an art conservation studio, and a 160-acre park open to the public. Raleigh Little Theatre: A community theatre that enriches, entertains, and engages volunteers, students, and audiences of all ages. Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill: A “home away from home” for families of children who are receiving health care at area hospitals. The House offers physical comfort and emotional support through programs dedicated to the well-being of the whole family. Thoroughbred Charities of America: A nonprofit whose mission is to provide a better life for thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers. 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 Communications Director 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. DECEMBER GRANTEES: $225,000 — The Asheville School $10,000   — Barium Springs Home for Children $10,000   — Blessed Sacrament School $50,000   — Boy Scouts of America, Occoneechee Council $25,000   — Carolina Ballet $5,000     — CORRAL Riding Academy $5,000     — Disabilities Education Support Center $25,000   — Full Gospel Tabernacle Church $50,000   — Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation $5,000     — Green Chair Project $10,000   — H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library $5,000     — Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program $5,000     — Henderson YMCA $10,000   — Jobs for Life $25,000   — N.C. Museum of Art $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 $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 Little Theatre $25,000   — Ravenscroft School $15,000   — Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill $5,000     — SAFE Haven for Cats $25,000   — SECU Family House $25,000   — StepUp Ministry $5,000     — Thoroughbred Charities of America $5,000     — Vance County Historical Society $25,000   — Virginia Episcopal School $50,000   — White Memorial Presbyterian Church $5,000      — YMCA of the Triangle ###

October 21, 2013

Pope Foundation Makes $185,000 in Humanitarian Grants to Counter Effects of Government Shutdown

Categories: Humanitarian, Philanthropy Updates, Press Releases

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 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. ###

October 15, 2013

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship

Categories: Announcements, Entrepreneurship, Humanitarian, Press Releases

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 dona.johnston@scouting.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. ###

October 02, 2013

Pope Foundation, N.C. Free-Market Groups Honored With Network Award

Categories: Philanthropy Updates, Press Releases, Public Policy

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 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. ###

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

Categories: Press Releases

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. ###