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....

2020 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants Accepting Applications Starting June 15

June 10, 2019

Program will award $200,000 to two nonprofits in early 2020 From June 15 – September 15, 2019, the John William Pope Foundation will accept applications for both the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. Established in 2015, the program awards a $100,000 one-time grant for innovative projects in each category.  Eligible applicants are nonprofits based in North Carolina serving residents in-state. Selected recipients will be granted the funds in January 2020. Applicants are limited to one project-specific proposal and details about the types of projects supported are on the grant’s webpage.  For more information and a link to the online application visit jwpf.org/grants/joy-pope-memorial-grants.   The John William Pope Foundation is a private family grantmaker supporting nonprofit public policy research, education, human services, and the arts with the goal to improve the wellbeing of North...

ABC of NC and University of Mount Olive Named 2019 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Recipients

February 19, 2019

Life skills clinic and a black box theatre will connect two communities to opportunity February 19, 2019 Raleigh, NC -- The John William Pope Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of a statewide competitive grant program. ABC of NC, a Winston-Salem autism spectrum disorder (ASD) services provider, and The University of Mount Olive, a private liberal arts institution in eastern North Carolina, have each received a $100,000 grant through the annual Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts and Human Services. ABC of NC will use the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services to support a groundbreaking life skills center in their new SECU Autism Clinic.  The Joy W. Pope Life Skills Center will feature job skill training labs; a coffee café; and a mock grocery store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, hair salon and apartment/hotel room. The Center will be available to ASD clients ages 16 months to 21 years for realistic skill building, opening windows of...

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...