Individual Freedom.
Personal Responsibility.
Strong Communities.

At its core, The John William Pope Foundation’s approach is about investing in people – enriching lives while strengthening the foundations of a free and prosperous society.

"Self-reliance, self-confidence, and integrity are the keys to success. Endurance is also critical, and the responsibility for success lies on the shoulders of the individual."
John William Pope

Our Mission

The John William Pope Foundation makes grants to improve the well-being of North Carolinians by advancing the ideas of limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility, and strong communities.

Grant Priorities

At the core, our grant priorities are about strengthening the roots of civil society, so that everyone has access to opportunity. Read more about our specific areas of investment.

Giving

By the Numbers

1975
Established
$ 160 +
Million Granted
360 +
Nonprofits supported
Application Process

Find Out How You Can Become a Grant Partner

The John William Pope Foundation seeks grant partners who share a vision of advancing individual freedom and personal responsibility. We offer two main funding opportunities, our Annual Grants and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Program.

Featured Grant Stories

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Baker Mitchell Devotes His Retirement to Educating Kids

Baker Mitchell Devotes His Retirement to Educating Kids

Free Market Challenge Inspires Xavier Massey to Want More From Life

Free Market Challenge Inspires Xavier Massey to Want More From Life

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

A Native of China Sees the Benefits of Free-Market Capitalism

A Native of China Sees the Benefits of Free-Market Capitalism

North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of Art

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet

Travis Fisher Seeks to ‘Be Rather Than to Seem’

Travis Fisher Seeks to 'Be Rather Than to Seem'

Asheville School

Asheville School

The Property and Environment Research Center

The Property and Environment Research Center

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

Troy Kickler Tells New Stories About N.C.’s Past

Troy Kickler Tells New Stories About N.C.'s Past

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