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 John William Pope Foundation is a national model of effectiveness in public policy philanthropy--an example of how a foundation can be highly influential at the national level through a strategic focus on giving in one state. Foundations and donors in other states are now seeking to replicate what the Pope Foundation has achieved in North Carolina, where its sustained support of multiple institutions committed to economic freedom and individual liberty has begun to transform public debate."
Adam Meyerson
President, Philanthropy Roundtable