In December 2011, The John William Pope Foundation marked its 25th anniversary. Even a quarter-century after the Foundation’s creation, the Pope family’s extraordinary generosity — nearly $100 million in philanthropic donations — is matched in significance only by the number of lives touched.

John William Pope’s unusually quiet, unassuming philanthropy was designed to recognize and support whole people — helping to meet their physical needs, provide educational opportunities, enrich their creativity through the arts, and promote public policy that protects their ability to be free and prosperous in the future.

In continuing the legacy of John William Pope, the Foundation’s 25th anniversary dinner was a fundraiser for StepUp Ministry, a nonprofit that empowers low-income individuals to break the poverty cycle. All proceeds from ticket sales for the dinner went to StepUp — nearly $300,000 total. John Stossel, a host and commentator on the Fox Business Network, keynoted the dinner.

“The Pope Foundation is one of the most effective organizations at advancing freedom on the state level.  Their work to promote the free market and improve the wellbeing of citizens of North Carolina is unparalleled and exemplifies the holistic approach that many organizations strive to achieve.   From their support of jobs and life skills programs that help North Carolina residents grow and prosper to their support of  educational organizations interested in studying free enterprise, they are working hard to promote liberty and ensure a prosperous future for North Carolina.“
Rich Fink
President, Charles G. Koch Foundation