Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients, Bringing 2013 Total to Over $1 Million in Giving to Humanitarian and Arts Organizations

December 11, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 11, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation has announced $802,500 in giving to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts — bringing the Foundation’s total giving to humanitarian and arts organizations in 2013 to over $1 million. “We’re honored to continue supporting these valuable community nonprofits that help the most vulnerable among us and that enrich our lives through education and the creative arts,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ The new grants are in addition to $200,000 in direct support to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, medical missions, and other organizations given by the Pope Foundation since July. Of that number, $185,000 were accelerated grants meant to mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October. With the December 2013 cycle of grants, the Pope...

Daily Dispatch: As local nonprofits take a hit, Pope Foundation steps up

October 24, 2013

The Daily Dispatch, based out of Henderson, N.C., yesterday reported on the Pope Foundation's $35,000 in grants to food pantries in Vance County. The grants were part of a larger $185,000 given by the Pope Foundation in October to humanitarian charities.  LifeLine Outreach Inc., a nonprofit based in Vance County that alleviates homelessness and assists women and children in crisis. (Photo credit: Daily Dispatch) The Dispatch reported: Local non-profits and faith-based organizations took a hit when the federal government closed for 16 days. The John William Pope Foundation made its yearly donations to Vance County charities a few months early this year to help offset the impact of the shutdown. “We heard on the ground that the federal government shutdown was having an effect on these charities doing this humanitarian work and what we decided to do was to expedite our end of the year funding to cover the shortfall caused by the shutdown,” said David Riggs of the Pope...

Pope Foundation Makes $185,000 in Humanitarian Grants to Counter Effects of Government Shutdown

October 21, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 21, 2013 — To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian nonprofits with financial support, support that is leveraged by their great volunteers and staff,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “With the added uncertainty and potential increase in need due to a partial federal government shutdown, the Pope Foundation decided to give earlier and more to help these private and volunteer charitable institutions fill the gap and offer a hand up to those most in need," Pope said. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Thirteen organizations will benefit from the accelerated grants. These organizations meet the immediate needs of...

How can anti-poverty programs encourage people to work?

October 17, 2013

Oren Cass, Gov. Mitt Romney's domestic-policy advisory during the 2012 presidential campaign, outlines the inherent tension between welfare and work in this article (subscription required) for National Review: By some measures, the War on Poverty has already succeeded. If the goal is simply to guarantee that every American has access to food, providing an average of more than $3,000 of food stamps each year to households in need is a nearly unqualified victory. If the goal is access to medical care, a Medicaid program spending an average of $7,000 each year for a family of three represents extraordinary progress. Indeed, counting the full range of federal benefits as “income” to low-income households leads to a substantial reduction in the poverty rate. But simply transferring enough resources to someone so that he is no longer “poor” treats only the symptom; it does not move him toward self-sufficiency or a foothold at the bottom of an economic ladder that could lead to...

Fall 2013 Pope Lecture: Was Jesus a socialist?

October 16, 2013

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism will host two distinguished scholars — Robert P. George and Ron Sider — on Nov. 7 for a discussion and Q&A. The topic: "Was Jesus a socialist?" The event is free and open to the public. George (left) is Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has been called "America's most influential conservative Christian thinker." Sider (right) is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy at the Palmer Theological Seminary. His book Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books on religion in the 20th century. Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Place: Self Auditorium in the Strom Thurmond Institute on the Clemson University campus....

Applications Now Being Accepted for 2014 Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship

October 15, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 15, 2013 — The North Carolina-based Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America is now taking applications for the 2014 Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in the free-market system. “We’re excited to assist a new class of young men reach their fullest potential,” said Dave Riggs, Executive Vice President of the John William Pope Foundation. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become business leaders. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council. To qualify, scouts must be seniors in high school and must have received their Eagle Scout rank in a troop within the Occoneechee Council territory. The Pope Foundation funds two scholarships, valued at $40,000, and the Occoneechee...

Want to be happy? Participating in a vibrant civil society is key

October 9, 2013

Who doesn't want to be happy? But often, the pursuits and pleasures we assume will bring happiness never do in the end. Writing in Philanthropy Daily, middle-school teacher Abigail Clevenger suggests that participating in a vibrant civil society — family, church, and local community — is a key ingredient for achieving personal and national happiness. She launches her argument off a recent speech by the American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks on "the secret of happiness": The problem is that we try to measure happiness, both personally and nationally, with what is easily measured: money and material goods. So we quickly become a nation primed for consumption and the never-ending quest to satiate unlimited desires. The government ends up encouraging materialism and the assumption that money (or entitlements) can buy happiness. Alas, time and again, the stats clearly demonstrate that money just doesn’t buy elusive happiness. Again, for an individual or society to be...