Update from JWPF about COVID-19

March 26, 2020

The Pope Foundation remains fully accessible by email and phone, though we may not be present in our physical office. In this time of uncertainty, we appreciate your organization’s continued commitment to its work and the people you serve. The nonprofit sector is a vital component of a civil society, and that becomes all the more evident in periods of economic distress. Recently Submitted Proposals            If you submitted a proposal and have been notified that it will be considered this spring, please know that our review process and timeline are continuing as planned for the time being.  Should anything change, we will contact all applicants by email. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a program officer directly or contact us at info@jwpf.org. Current Grantees We trust that you know how to best serve your clients and understand that many of you have made programmatic changes to accommodate local, state and federal...

Fall-Winter 2019 Grants Announced

February 7, 2020

Over $1.68 million awarded to nonprofits The John William Pope Foundation is pleased to announce it awarded $1.68 million in grants this winter. Recipient nonprofits included those working in youth education, hunger and housing solutions, addiction treatment, arts performances and exhibitions, and support for justice-involved individuals.  “Our family foundation has a long history of supporting North Carolina families and communities through nonprofits, and we were pleased to continue that tradition this year,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Whether providing medical services to the working uninsured, music instruction to disadvantaged students, or other critically needed programs in our community, these organizations are working tirelessly for the people they serve. And the end result is increased opportunities for more North Carolinians.”  More than $1.1 million went directly to nonprofits located in and around the Triangle, with many of them doing work...

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair Returns On October 19

September 9, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — The fourth annual Raleigh Children’s Business Fair will be held, rain or shine, on October 19, 2019, from 3:00– 5:00 p.m at The Commons at North Hills. The John William Pope Foundation and John Locke Foundation are organizing the event to promote youth entrepreneurship in the Raleigh area.  The event is free; community members are invited to attend and shop. “Numerous children ages 6-14 from the greater Raleigh area will be here promoting their small businesses. Each business is provided with its own tent and table space, promoting independence and entrepreneurship in a safe environment,” said CBF Director, Branson Inscore. “I’m so looking forward to seeing these young entrepreneurs in action. I hope that the community will come out to support their efforts.” The 40 youth businesses entered in the fair will sell a variety of products including jewelry, holiday décor, baked goods, pet treats, and apparel.  Local civic and business...

The Fund for American Studies Presents John Locke Foundation’s Kari Travis with Outstanding Alumni Award

August 1, 2019

Kari Travis, Associate Editor at Carolina Journal (a publication of the John Locke Foundation), was recently recognized at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Travis received the TFAS Young Alumnus Award along with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor. Travis was nominated for the award by the TFAS Alumni Council for showing outstanding promise in her professional work and embodying the values of TFAS. In 2018, Travis was named a TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and worked for a year on special reporting covering human trafficking. The John William Pope Foundation has been a longtime donor to the John Locke Foundation, and the late John William Pope was instrumental in its founding. The news release from TFAS can be read below. TFAS to Present Three Outstanding Alumni with Awards at Annual Conference JUNE 13, 2019 The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) will honor three of...

Triangle Teens Named Pope Eagle Scout Scholars

June 25, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Occoneechee Council - Boy Scouts of America and John William Pope Foundation have announced the 2019 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars.  The annual program recognizes four Eagle Scouts who are graduating high school and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and personal achievement in their academic and scouting lives.  Each student receives a $20,000 college scholarship.  This year’s recipients are Matthew Bryan Gillespie of Raleigh (Heritage High School), John Paul Simis of Cary (Panther Creek High School), Robert Morris Treadway, III of Raleigh (Cardinal Gibbons High School) and Pieter Jan Westerbeek, III of Cary (Athens Drive High School).  Matthew Gillespie of Raleigh (top left), John Simis of Cary (top right), Robert Treadway, III of Raleigh (bottom left) and Pieter Westerbeek, III of Cary (bottom right). Over 50 scouts applied for the scholarship, and a committee of four community leaders and interviewed finalists and selected recipients....

Haywood Pathways Center opens shelter for women and children

Pastor of New Covenant Church Nick Honerkamp (left), Executive Director of Haywood Pathways Mandy Haithcox (center), and Pope Foundation Board Member David Stover (right) during the grand opening on June 23, 2019. On June 23, 2019, Haywood Pathways Center, the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services recipient, opened the doors to their shelter for homeless women and children. Below, an article from The Mountaineer details the day. Community celebrates opening of Pathways women and children shelter By Becky Johnson bjohnson@themountaineer.com | Jun 23, 2019 A transitional shelter for homeless women with children trying to build a new life became a reality last Friday, with the celebrated opening of The Haywood Pathways Center Myr-Ken Building. The $650,000 addition to the Haywood Pathways Center will provide lodging with shared kitchen and laundry facilities for up to 10 family units of women with children. Nearly 100 people gathered for a ribbon cutting of...

Wesley Shelter of Wilson Awarded 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

February 23, 2017

Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. Wesley Shelter in Wilson, N.C. received a $100,000 grant for capital improvements to their shelter housing facility. The change will allow Wesley Shelter to accommodate additional clients and will relocate existing office space to enhance space efficiency. ...