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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Civitas Institute

Civitas Institute

The John Locke Foundation

The John Locke Foundation

The Economic, Legal, and Political Foundations of Free Societies at N.C. State

The Economic, Legal, and Political Foundations of Free Societies at N.C. State

Jon Sanders: The Witty Deregulator

Jon Sanders: The Witty Deregulator

Cathy Heath Wages Decade-Long Battle to Protect Property Rights

Cathy Heath Wages Decade-Long Battle to Protect Property Rights

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet

Baker Mitchell Devotes His Retirement to Educating Kids

Baker Mitchell Devotes His Retirement to Educating Kids

UNC Athletics: Track & Field

UNC Athletics: Track & Field

Terry Stoops: A ‘You-Can’t-Scare-Me’ Education Reformer

Terry Stoops: A 'You-Can't-Scare-Me' Education Reformer

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

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

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

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