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 North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation

The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

CORRAL Riding Academy

CORRAL Riding Academy

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet

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

Free Market Challenge Inspires Xavier Massey to Want More From Life

Free Market Challenge Inspires Xavier Massey to Want More From Life

Asheville School

Asheville School

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University

Transitions LifeCare

Transitions LifeCare

Juan Nelson Comes Full Circle to Help Others Find Jobs

Juan Nelson Comes Full Circle to Help Others Find Jobs

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

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

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