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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The Fund for American Studies

The Fund for American Studies

The Property and Environment Research Center

The Property and Environment Research Center

Transitions LifeCare

Transitions LifeCare

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

Born Under Communism, Simon Bilo Now Teaches Others About Free Economies

Born Under Communism, Simon Bilo Now Teaches Others About Free Economies

Grantee Profile: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Grantee Profile: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

North Carolina Symphony

North Carolina Symphony

UNC Athletics: Track & Field

UNC Athletics: Track & Field

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

The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable

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