Salvation Army of Wake County gears up for Christmas

October 29, 2012

Categories: Humanitarian

With the Christmas season fast approaching, many of us will be distracted by family time, shopping, and the festivities of the season. But it's important that we not forget the least among us. The Salvation Army of Wake County is a great way to help the needy this holiday season. Writing in the News & Observer, columnist Burgetta Wheeler highlights the Salvation Army's preparations: Those who work with the Salvation Army of Wake County know that times are hard. The nonprofit is expecting to serve more than 8,500 children this year, up from about 7,800 last year. “We’re hoping it doesn’t increase that much, but we’re preparing for it,” said Haven Sink (pictured to the left), director of public relations for the nonprofit. “We certainly have seen just as many families in need. It doesn’t seem to be decreasing.” It might be a little hard to think about Christmas before Halloween has even passed. Yet how haunting it would be to be a parent already struggling...

Pope Foundation gives to help prevent child abuse

October 2, 2012

Categories: Humanitarian

During the last three years, the Pope Foundation has contributed $140,000 to Prevent Child Abuse N.C., a nonprofit that “supports the development of safe, stable, nurturing relationships for children in their families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.”...

Pope Foundation marks 20 years of giving in 2006

September 7, 2012

The John William Pope Foundation marked its 20th year anniversary in 2006. Triangle Business Journal wrote this story on the Foundation’s 20-year milestone, emphasizing the increased funds devoted to humanitarian and public policy causes: Formed in 1986 and funded mainly with donations from the Pope family and Variety Wholesalers, the discount retailer Pope's grandfather founded in the 1930s, the foundation helped launch and has been the biggest supporter of the John Locke Foundation, an influential conservative policy, research and advocacy group formed in 1990.  The Pope Foundation also has been a steady supporter of other state and national policy groups, higher education, and a broad range of local charitable and religious groups.  The Pope family and Variety Wholesalers donated $3.8 million to the foundation in the fiscal year ended last June 30.  With assets worth nearly $53.6 million in fair market value last June 30, according to the Form 990 it filed with the...

Pope Foundation ‘steps up’ to help jobless

Categories: Humanitarian

Philanthropy Journal marks the John William Pope Foundation’s 25th anniversary with this story on the Foundation’s public policy and humanitarian work. The article focuses on StepUp Ministry, the beneficiary of the Pope Foundation’s anniversary dinner at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh: The choice of StepUP, which hopes to get as much as $300,000 from the event, reflects the mission and philosophy of the foundation and its founder and namesake, says Art Pope, the foundation's chairman and president.  StepUP "focuses on taking those individuals that don't have the job skills or training, or already are in poverty, and providing them with these skills they need to get their first job, get that first step up on that first wrung of the ladder, to provide for themselves, and to escape poverty," says Pope, whose father, John W. Pope, founded Variety Wholesalers, the discount retailer that is the main source of the foundation's assets.  The foundation, which had...