Founded in 1986, the John William Pope Foundation has a proud tradition of principled giving in North Carolina and beyond. A small, dedicated staff works to uphold the values and mission of the organization. Fellowship and career opportunities with the foundation will be posted if they are available.

Application Window Closed: 2017 Annual Blundell Fellowship

The John William Pope Foundation is an established grant making family foundation supporting public policy, humanitarian, arts, and education nonprofits.  Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the foundation has given over $100 million since its founding in 1986.  Leaders of the foundation include President John Hood (former president of the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina-based think tank) and Chairman Art Pope (business owner and former state budget director).
Established in 2015, the ‘Blundell Fellowship,’ named in honor of the late free market leader John Blundell, is offered annually to a recent college or university graduate who has an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service.  The Blundell Fellow spends a year at the John William Pope Foundation (JWPF) working as a program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project.  The Fellow will gain experience with nonprofits and will have the opportunity to engage with other organizations and leaders in the foundation’s four giving areas.Specific duties may include but are not limited to:• Assist JWPF program officers in soliciting, researching, and evaluating grant proposals.• Communicate with current and prospective grantees to ensure compliance with donor intent, foundation procedures, and legal requirements.

• Monitor JWPF-supported programs and collect outcome data to evaluate effectiveness.  This may include attending lectures, special events, and some limited travel.

• Assist other staff members in preparing for regularly scheduled meetings of the JWPF board of directors and    otherwise briefing board members about ongoing or prospective grants.

• Complete a special project designed to build the program, administrative, or development capacity of one or more JWPF grantees.