Volunteering For Public Good: A Column From John Hood

February 21, 2018

By: John Hood |President of the John William Pope Foundation February 21, 2018 RALEIGH — In this politically polarized moment in our history, what unites us? Surely one value nearly all of us have in common is a belief in the importance and power of donating our time, expertise, and dollars to worthy organizations and causes that serve our communities. North Carolina has a long tradition of charitable giving and volunteering. When measured as shares of household income, North Carolinians give to charity at a rate significantly above the national average — and Americans, in turn, are among the most generous people on the planet. Charitable giving accounts for just over 2 percent of the gross domestic product in the U.S., compared with 1.2 percent in Canada, .8 percent in Britain, .3 in France, .2 percent in Japan, and .1 percent in Germany. Why is there such a gigantic disparity? Most scholars of philanthropy would attribute our relative generosity to distinctive public...

2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Recipients Announced

January 31, 2018

Stokes County Arts Council awarded Grant in the arts and Haywood Pathways Center awarded grant in human services   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services. The recipients of the one-time, $100,000 grants are Stokes County Arts Council in Danbury, North Carolina and Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville, North Carolina. [caption id="attachment_4767" align="alignleft" width="300"] Arts Place of Stokes, the headquarters for Stokes County Arts Council, will complete phase two of internal construction with the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant. Photo Credit: Stokes Arts.[/caption] Stokes County Arts Council will use the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to complete phase two construction of The Arts Place of Stokes. Opened in 2017, The Arts Place is a multi-purpose community arts facility. Along with additional funding already received, Stokes Arts will use...

Vance County Animal Shelter to host event for veterans, dogs

November 1, 2017

This Saturday, November, 4, 2017, Vance County Animal Shelter will hold a special event to connect veterans and shelter dogs.  Shelter volunteer Mark Ferri is organizing the event to give veterans an opportunity to connect with dogs in need.  Dogs have demonstrated therapeutic benefit, and Ferri wants to help those who might be suffering with the invisible war wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Pope Foundation is supported by the Pope Family, owners and operators of the Henderson, N.C.-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc.  Because of the company's longstanding relationship in Vance County, the Foundation makes grants to support a number of organizations in that county.  Among the nonprofits the Pope Foundation supports is the Vance County Animal Shelter. A newspaper article about the event was published in The Henderson Dispatch and is printed below. Walk seeks to bring veterans, shelter dogs together By Miles Bates MBATES@HENDERSONDISPATCH.COM | November 1, 2017...

Leslie Clark and Ashley Freeman named 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows

July 5, 2017

CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center named Leslie Clark, MD, and Ashley Freeman, MD, as the recipients of the 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards. Freeman, MD, was recognized for her work as chief fellow in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and Clark, MD, was recognized for her work as a fellow in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. They were selected for the awards for demonstrating excellence in cancer research and in clinical oncology practice. The $5,000 awards, supported by the John William Pope Foundation, are given annually to up to three emerging physician-researchers. “Part of the UNC Lineberger mission is training the next generation of physicians and researchers who will uncover the treatment advances of tomorrow,” said Norman E. Sharpless, MD, UNC Lineberger’s director and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. “We are honored to recognize these two outstanding physician-researchers for...

Application Window Opens for 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants

July 1, 2017

The John William Pope Foundation has opened the application period for the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in The Arts and the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. ...

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. ...