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December 10, 2014

Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients

Categories: Announcements, Education, Humanitarian, In The News, Philanthropy Updates, Press Releases, The Arts

John William Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients Nearly $1.7 million given primarily to North Carolina causes RALEIGH — The John William Pope Foundation recently completed its December board meeting, awarding $1,692,500 to schools, churches, arts organizations, and community groups in its winter grant cycle. The winter grants went primarily to organizations serving the Triangle area and Vance County.  With the addition of these new grants, the Pope Foundation’s total giving for 2014 has exceeded $7.69 million. “The old ‘give a man a fish’ parable is that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but that if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” said Art Pope, chairman of the Pope Foundation. “We believe in doing both. Our December grants provide direct humanitarian assistance to those most in need-for food, shelter, and health care. Our December grants also support education, the arts, and religion. These Pope Foundation grants will help enrich all aspects of the lives of the people of North Carolina.” Substantial grants were awarded to White Memorial Presbyterian Church of Raleigh and Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) in honor of the late Joyce Wilkins Pope, who passed away in May.  Joyce W. Pope served as the Pope Foundation’s president from its founding in 1986 until 1992, and was the wife of the late John William Pope, founder of the Pope Foundation and longtime president of Variety Wholesalers. Joyce L. Pope is vice president of the foundation and granddaughter of Joyce W. and John William Pope. “My grandparents cared deeply about the well being of people, and in particular my grandmother loved the arts,” she said. “We miss them dearly, but to be able to honor organizations in which they were deeply vested is rewarding. They would be so pleased to know how many more people will benefit from the care and services of these grantees.” A full list of December grant awards can be found below. 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 individuals have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their loved ones.  For more information about the Pope Foundation and its grants, please visit www.jwpf.org. December 2014 Grantees: Area Christians Together in Service (A.C.T.S.) of Vance County - $5,000 Alliance Medical Ministries - $20,000 The Asheville School - $225,000 Barium Springs Home for Children - $10,000 Blessed Sacrament School - $10,000 Boy Scouts of America (Occoneechee Council) - $50,000 Carolina Ballet - $25,000 Children’s Homes of Iredell County - $5,000 CORRAL Riding Academy - $5,000 Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC - $10,000 Full Gospel Tabernacle of Life Church - $25,000 Godwin Presbyterian Church - $5,000 Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation - $50,000 The Green Chair Project - $10,000 H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library - $15,000 Habitat for Humanity, Wake County - $20,000 Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program - $5,000 Henderson YMCA - $5,000 Hope Reins of Raleigh - $10,000 Inter-Faith Food Shuttle - $10,000 Life Line Outreach - $5,000 North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation - $10,000 North Carolina Opera - $15,000 The North Carolina Symphony - $25,000 North Carolina Theatre - $25,000 Neuse Christian Academy  -$2,500 Performance Edge - $5,000 Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina - $25,000 Raleigh Charter High School - $25,000 Raleigh Fine Arts Society - $25,000 Raleigh Little Theatre - $5,000 Raleigh Rescue Mission - $10,000 Ravenscroft School - $25,000 Safe Haven for Cats - $5,000 The Salvation Army of Wake County - $10,000 SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals - $30,000 Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen - $10,000 StepUp Ministry - $25,000 Thoroughbred Charities of America - $10,000 Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association - $5,000 Transitions LifeCare (Formerly Hospice of Wake County) - $100,000 UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center - $400,000* United Way of Vance County - $15,000 Vance County Historical Society - $5,000 Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina-CARES - $20,000 Virginia Episcopal School - $25,000 White Memorial Presbyterian Church - $300,000* YMCA of the Triangle - $5,000 Youth Legislative Assembly - $5,000 *As part of a multi-year commitment ###  

November 20, 2014

Pope Foundation Announces New Leadership

Categories: Announcements, Press Releases

John Hood named president, joining Vice President Joyce L. Pope RALEIGH, N.C. NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – Longtime think tank leader and political commentator John Hood has been named president of the John William Pope Foundation, the Raleigh-based grant making foundation reported today. The John William Pope Foundation Board of Directors elected Hood as president of the Pope Foundation effective January 5, 2015. Art Pope will step down as president and continue as chairman of the Pope Foundation. Pope is also the chairman and CEO of the North Carolina based retailer, Variety Wholesalers, Inc., and the co-founder of the Pope Foundation. “John will be joining my daughter, Joyce Pope, who has been serving as vice president since July 2013,” Pope said. “I am confident that our new leadership team will maintain and expand the important work we’ve done since 1986 through charitable grants to humanitarian, educational and cultural efforts. We will continue our mission to assist organizations that alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life for North Carolinians while also supporting long-term research and public policy efforts to increase prosperity and individual liberty. John Hood is uniquely qualified to lead the Pope Foundation to achieve these goals, and Joyce Pope provides a key opportunity to continue the work for future generations.” Hood helped found the John Locke Foundation and was one of its three employees when the Raleigh-based state think tank opened its doors in February 1990. He became JLF’s president in 1995 and the chairman of its board of directors a decade later. Under his leadership, the organization expanded its policy-research team, added a variety of educational and outreach programs, and created Carolina Journal, which provides news, analysis, and commentary on state politics and public policy to more than 150,000 North Carolinians through its print, radio and online editions. After he assumes the post of Pope Foundation president, Hood will continue to chair the board of JLF, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in February. His replacement as JLF president and CEO will be Kory Swanson, the think tank’s longtime executive vice president. “I was honored and delighted by the opportunity to lead the Pope Foundation, which has made such a difference in the lives of so many people for nearly three decades,” Hood said. “As a native North Carolinian and longtime friend of the Pope family, I share their vision for a stronger, more prosperous state in which economic opportunities are broadly shared, private charity plays a broader role in serving community needs, and our greatest educational, cultural, and artistic achievements are broadly appreciated.” Formerly a newspaper and magazine reporter, Hood will also continue his work in the print and broadcast media. He writes a twice-weekly syndicated column for 50 daily and community newspapers across North Carolina and a monthly column for Business North Carolina magazine. He is a weekly panelist on the statewide TV program “NC SPIN” and a regular commentator for radio and TV stations in North Carolina and elsewhere. Hood is the author of six books, ranging in subject from national politics and economic policy to North Carolina history. A former stage performer and 4-H volunteer who co-founded a summer theatre program in the Triangle area, he has also authored dozens of songs and a musical play. He is currently completing his seventh book, a biography of former North Carolina Gov. James G. Martin. A Mecklenburg County native, Hood is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in journalism and competed on the debate team. While there, he founded The Carolina Critic, a student magazine that later added editions at five other college campuses. Hood is a William C. Friday Fellow in human relations and a former Bradley Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. At JLF, Hood helped create the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in government, business, and nonprofits. The ranks of Morris Fellows include state lawmakers, local elected officials, entrepreneurs, business managers, professionals, educators, and citizen activists. Hood has also served on the faculty of the Institute of Political Leadership and on selection committees for the Friday Fellowship and the German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship. As the Pope Foundation’s vice president, Joyce Pope works with arts and humanitarian grantees and on the foundation’s day-to-day operations.  She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving both her undergraduate and law degrees there. She worked with the Washington, D.C. strategic communications consulting firm Greener and Hook, LLC, and while in law school interned at the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina under Judge Stephani Humrickhouse.  Joyce completed an externship at the Office of the Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties and was a summer associate at Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton, a Raleigh law firm. The transitions at the Pope Foundation also include Lindsay Hollandsworth as the new Communications Director, effective November 2014. Hollandsworth is a graduate of Wingate University. Prior to her work with the Pope Foundation, she served as Programs and Communications Manager for the Jesse Helms Center Foundation in Wingate, North Carolina. The John William Pope Foundation has been serving critical needs through generous grants since 1986.  The foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million with North Carolina charities and organizations being the primary beneficiaries.  For more information about the foundation, visit www.jwpf.org.  

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.