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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Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program

Horizons Program at UNC Chapel Hill

Horizons Program at UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

Alliance Medical Ministry

Alliance Medical Ministry

Travis Fisher Seeks to ‘Be Rather Than to Seem’

Travis Fisher Seeks to 'Be Rather Than to Seem'

The Philanthropy Roundtable

The Philanthropy Roundtable

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

CORRAL Riding Academy

CORRAL Riding Academy

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

UNC-Duke Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

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