Triangle Area Teens Become Pope Eagle Scout Scholars

June 14, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council awarded four scholarships totaling $80,000 RALEIGH, N.C. – The Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council and John William Pope Foundation have announced the 2017 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars. The annual program recognizes four scouts who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and personal achievement in their academic and scouting lives. Each Pope Scholar receives a $20,000 college scholarship. The 2017 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars are: Holden James Bigford of Fayetteville (graduate of Northwood Temple Academy), William Samuel Godwin of Dunn (graduate of South Johnston High School), Warren Stewart Whitley of Raleigh (graduate of Raleigh Charter High School), and Miles T. Wiley of Raleigh (graduate of Rolesville High School).  Over 50 scouts applied for the scholarship, and a committee of five community leaders interviewed finalists and selected recipients. [caption id="attachment_4676" align="alignleft" width="150"] Miles T. Wiley, a...

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. ...

Pope Foundation Will Award $200,000 in Statewide Competitive Grants

September 14, 2016

Deadline to submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants has been extended to October 24   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced they would again offer two statewide competitive grants. North Carolina nonprofits can apply for the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services until October 24, 2016.  The foundation will award $100,000 to a selected nonprofit for an innovative project that will be completed in 2017.  Interested organizations should visit the foundation’s website at www.jwpf.org for more information and application instructions. “Traditionally, the Pope Foundation’s humanitarian and arts giving has focused on needs in the Triangle area,” said foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.  “But we know there are needs across the state and organizations with innovative ideas to address those needs.  This competitive grant program allows us to directly impact...

Public is Invited to First Raleigh Children’s Business Fair on September 10

August 5, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. — The first Raleigh Children’s Business Fair will be held on September 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at The Commons at North Hills.   The event is free and open to the public.  The John William Pope Foundation and John Locke Foundation are organizing the event to promote an entrepreneurship learning opportunity.  With over 40 booths, participating children will sell their original products in a farmers-market style setting.  Local business leaders will serve as judges to award prizes in five categories that include ‘Most Original Idea,’ ‘Best Customer Service,’ and ‘Shoppers’ Favorite.’  Children applied to participate in the Fair earlier this year. [caption id="attachment_4552" align="alignright" width="300"] For more information about the Raleigh Children's Business Fair, visit www.raleighcbf.org.[/caption] “When we were presented with the chance to bring this event to Raleigh, we knew it would be a match for our growing city” said Pope...

Dandelion Eatery Awarded $100,000 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

March 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. -- At a press conference in Hendersonville, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. The Dandelion Eatery, a project of Safelight Family Services (formerly Mainstay Women’s Shelter) received a one-time gift of $100,000 to expand its commercial teaching kitchen. Opened in 2013, Dandelion Eatery provides jobs training for domestic violence victims while operating as a restaurant open to the public. [caption id="attachment_4493" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dandelion is located in Hendersonville, N.C. and is open M-F, 10 am - 3 pm.[/caption] “Ultimately, we were highly impressed with the innovative nature of the Dandelion Eatery project,” said Foundation Vice President Joyce Pope. “They saw a way to break the cycle of abuse by empowering their clients to be self-sufficient, and that goal has positive lifelong effects for individuals, families, and...

Pope Foundation grants $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in December

December 15, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation recently awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle. Of that, over $1 million went to humanitarian organizations that meet hunger, housing, and health needs, primarily in the Triangle region. That figure includes $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014. “We’re pleased to help ease the burden of North Carolinians who are in need,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Our grantees are doing excellent work to ensure that real and pressing issues are addressed in our communities. They are also providing first-class access to arts and education. The true value of our grantees’ work cannot be overstated,” said Pope. First-time grants were made to Camp Corral ($10,000), Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina ($10,000), the Hope Center at Pullen ($5,000), Junior Achievement of the Triangle ($5,000), TROSA ($10,000), Wake...

Occoneechee Council Announces 2015 Pope Scholarship Recipients

October 10, 2015

Raleigh, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the recipients of the 2015 Pope Eagle Scout Scholarships. This March, four area high school students were selected from an applicant pool over 50 young men to each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary undergraduate education. Recipients of the 2015 scholarships included: Joseph Daniel Melvin of Southern Pines; Andrew John “AJ” Raulynaitis, II of Willow Spring; Andrew Walker Smith of Cary; and Jesse Franklin Tarte, III of Raleigh. “Seeing such a promising group of young men who are committed to making a difference in both their communities and academic studies is rewarding and fulfills the vision of this grant program,” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the Pope Foundation. Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. The...