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June 18, 2014

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Announces 2014 John William Pope Clinical Fellows

Categories: Announcements

              The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty has selected the recipients of the 2014 John William Pope Clinical Fellows awards. They are: David Chism, MD, MSc David Johnson, MD, MPH Christopher Tignanelli, MD    The Pope Foundation congratulates these very deserving fellows on their hard work and dedication and wishes them continued success in their research and careers.   Pictured above Left to Right: Joyce Pope, Vice President, John William Pope Foundation; Christopher Tignanelli, MD; David Chism, MD, MSc; David Johnson, MD, MPH; David Stover, Board Member, John William Pope Foundation.   Please click here for more information on each of the fellows and the details of the awards. ___________________________________________________________________________ Please click here to read more on the Pope Foundation grants to the  UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

May 22, 2014

In Memory of Joyce W. Pope

Categories: Announcements

Joyce Wilkins Pope passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014, surrounded by her family in Raleigh, North Carolina. Joy was born on November 10, 1929 in Linden, North Carolina, to William Arthur Wilkins and Ruth Tew Wilkins. Joy graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1947, and worked at Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville, NC before marrying her husband, John William Pope, on May 14, 1949. John and Joy moved from Fuquay Springs, NC to Raleigh in 1961. Joy enjoyed traveling, cooking, entertaining, and gardening. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Joy was especially passionate about the arts, and a longtime supporter of Raleigh Fine Arts, Carolina Ballet, and the North Carolina Symphony, as well as being a life long fan and supporter of the UNC Tarheels. She was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and friend. Joy was a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the board of directors of the John William Pope Foundation for 27 years, serving as its first president from 1986 until 1992. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Joyce "Mandy" Pope of Citra, FL, and her son, James Arthur "Art" Pope and his wife Kathy of Raleigh; her brother, Philip A. Wilkins of Fayetteville; and her grandchildren, Joyce L. Pope of Raleigh, and Earle J.A. Pope of Boone, and their step-brother Nicholas G. Vail of Raleigh. She is preceded in death by her husband, John William Pope, and her son, John William Pope, Jr.

April 14, 2014

Pope Foundation Gives $1.3 Million to UNC Lineberger to Fight Cancer

Categories: Humanitarian, Medical, Press Releases

RALEIGH, N.C. APRIL 14, 2014 — The John William Pope Foundation has made a $1.3 million gift to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund cancer research and treatment. As one of the leading cancer centers in the United States, UNC Lineberger brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. One million dollars of the Pope Foundation’s gift will fund the creation of the John William Pope Distinguished Professorship in Cancer Research and $300,000 will fund the John William Pope Clinical Fellows Awards Program. “An endowed professorship is one of the highest academic honors that a university can provide its faculty, allowing them to propel their research, ignite collaborations and support mentorship,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We are extremely grateful to the John William Pope Foundation for allowing us to bestow this honor to our faculty.”  “My father was passionate about giving to both cancer treatment and research, and that’s exactly what these gifts do,” said Art Pope, Chairman and President of the John William Pope Foundation. “He was very clear that he wanted any investment we made to stay in North Carolina. These are the kind of projects he would have wanted.” Grantee Profile: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center The gift was recently presented at the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors meeting on April 11, 2014. “We are honored to receive this generous gift from the John William Pope Foundation,” said William Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs, and chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System. “Private funds to support both established faculty and junior researchers are critical as we develop the best and brightest physicians. With this gift, we will continue conducting groundbreaking cancer research and delivering outstanding cancer care in North Carolina.” UNC Lineberger will nominate Thomas Shea to be the first recipient of the John William Pope Distinguished Professorship.  Appropriately, Shea was one of the late John William Pope’s physicians when he was treated for cancer in 2006 and is an international leader in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies. Shea is the director of the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program and UNC Lineberger associate director of clinical outreach. “I am humbled that the Pope family chose to make such a significant gift in my honor and pleased to be considered as the first recipient,” Shea said. “With this new professorship, I hope to expand our research surrounding hematologic malignancies and lay the foundation for continued excellence in our transplant and blood cancer initiatives.” Achiever Spotlight: Dr. Thomas Shea The John William Pope Clinical Fellow Awards Program will support annual awards to three outstanding clinical fellows, judged by the faculty on the basis of their extraordinary clinical or translational cancer research during their post-graduate clinical training. “We wanted to make sure that while we were investing in an established investigator, we were also investing in young investigators,” said Joyce L. Pope, vice president of the John William Pope Foundation. “This is a seed investment,” said Norman Sharpless, director of UNC Lineberger. “These will be the next great physician-scientists studying cancer, and this program allows us to recognize and foster these talented young people who represent the future of cancer research.”   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, particularly to charities and organizations in North Carolina.   ABOUT UNC LINEBERGER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER One of only 41 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. With research that spans the spectrum from the laboratory to the bedside to the community, UNC Lineberger faculty work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials. For more information, please visit www.unclineberger.org. ###

March 26, 2014

Pope Foundation Announces 2014 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

Categories: Education, Press Releases

RALEIGH, N.C. MARCH. 26, 2014 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, is proud to announce the 2014 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in engineering, music, business, and medicine. 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 2014 class of scholars comprises: Benjamin Cox: Plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and attend N.C. State University Evan Fritsch: Plans to major in business and pursue a career in music recording Austin Story: Plans to attend Wake Forest University and pursue the medical profession Michael Russell: Plans to pursue a career in civil engineering by earning a degree at either N.C. State University or Clemson University 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. *A previous press release incorrectly stated that the John William Pope Foundation has invested over $1 million in the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship and in the Occoneechee Council. That number inadvertently included a personal gift by the late John William Pope. The Pope Foundation regrets the error. ###

March 20, 2014

The state of the UNC system

Categories: Education

In light of recent news about budget requests from the University of North Carolina system, check out this excellent report from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy's Jenna Ashley Robinson examining "the state of the state" of the UNC system:  To understand and evaluate a university's effectiveness requires a lot of information. But rarely is that information brought together in one place. “The State of the State University” by Jenna Ashley Robinson compiles publicly available data about the University of North Carolina system. In an easily readable way, it illustrates key characteristics of the 16 campuses and how they have changed over the past decade. This information will be useful for students and parents, the public, policy-makers, university administrators, and faculty. This report shows, through graphs and tables, the University of North Carolina’s enrollment growth, tuition history, admissions data, and graduation rates. It provides details about student aid, student debt, the ratio of faculty to students, and the ratio of administrators to faculty. It includes information about faculty salaries, state appropriations, and state subsidy of instruction costs.

March 07, 2014

N&O editorial: Art Pope raised ‘proper questions’ about UNC’s budget request

Categories: Education, In The News

The editorial page of the Raleigh News & Observer writes that Deputy Budget Director Art Pope, who also serves as President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, raised "proper questions" about the University of North Carolina system's proposed $2.8 billion budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year: A stern cautionary note from state budget director Art Pope to the University of North Carolina system comes down to this: This is my second memo about the state budget. You guys must not have gotten the first one. Pope has sent UNC system officials back to the budget drawing board, and because he is viewed as the top adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory and the most influential person in the executive branch, the message will be received. Pope told university officials in a Feb. 28 memo that they’re asking for too much money. He noted that to satisfy the university system’s request for a budget increase of $288 million, or 11.3 percent, the state would have to make “major reductions” in other agencies, including the court system and public schools. He noted the state also has a major obligation with Medicaid, the health care system for the poor and disabled. The university system is seeking the money as the legislature readies to convene this spring to adjust the second year of its two-year budget. .... [It's] fair and appropriate for Pope to question the UNC system’s budget request. Peter Hans, chairman of the UNC system’s Board of Governors, gave exactly the right response in saying he and the board “welcome tough questions about how the university proposes to spend public dollars.” He said Pope was “doing what taxpayers should expect him to do."  

March 05, 2014

North Carolina Museum of Art Receives $25,000 Grant from John William Pope Foundation to Support the School Bus Scholarship Fund

Categories: Press Releases, The Arts

RALEIGH, N.C. MARCH 5, 2014 — The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has received a grant from the John William Pope Foundation for $25,000 in support of the Museum’s School Bus Scholarship Fund. The NCMA School Bus Scholarship Fund, which was launched in 2008 to provide funding to North Carolina schools requiring financial assistance to transport students to the Museum, must be replenished annually. Each year nearly 1,000 students from approximately nine schools visit the Museum with support from the School Bus Scholarship Fund. The John William Pope Foundation’s $25,000 grant will not only allow the NCMA to continue the program but will also allow it to serve an additional three to five schools. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ “This grant will ensure that more students from across North Carolina will experience the treasures of their state's art museum,” said Museum director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are incredibly thankful for the support from the John William Pope Foundation, as it helps guarantee that students will have the opportunity to visit the Museum’s collection despite their school's geographic distance and financial limitations.” “We were honored to add the North Carolina Museum of Art to our 2013 grants portfolio,” said Joyce L. Pope, Vice President of the John William Pope Foundation. “Without the School Bus Scholarship Fund, many children in our community wouldn’t have access to the Museum’s collection. We’re excited to play a small role in helping the Museum and educators bring art into students’ lives.” To participate in the School Bus Scholarship Fund program, schools must demonstrate financial need as measured by the percentage of children enrolled in a free lunch program or other special circumstances. Each participating school may request up to three buses (55 students per bus) per visit. The NCMA selected Horizon Charter Service to transport school groups to the Museum. Horizon Charter Service is on the Department of Public Instruction’s approved charter list, and all drivers have undergone background checks. About the North Carolina Museum of Art The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts. The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary. About the John William Pope Foundation 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. 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. About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony, and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document, and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov. ###