The arts teach critical lessons | A commentary by John Hood

January 13, 2016

    By John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation This commentary appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on January 13, 2016    Why should young people study the arts? It's not because a large number of them will grow up to become professional dancers, singers, musicians, sculptors, or painters. Such outcomes are rare. Even most of those who go on to spend much of their adult lives performing or producing art do so as an avocation or part-time endeavor. It's not how they pay their bills or support their families. In this, however, the arts are hardly distinctive. Most kids who play sports never make the pros. Most young tinkerers never become famous inventors. Most young entrepreneurs who start their own enterprises never become millionaires. [caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignright" width="300"] John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation[/caption] We expose young people to a varied diet of lessons and experiences to build their...

White Oak School gymnasium effort receives $5,000 grant

July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015 RALEIGH – The John William Pope Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 grant to the White Oak School gymnasium revitalization project in Elizabethtown. “Buildings like the White Oak gymnasium are the backbone of many small communities,” said Art Pope, chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. “The Pope Foundation is proud to support a project that the people of Bladen County will find useful and important for years to come.” The Pope Foundation receives its support from the family of Art Pope and from Variety Wholesales, Inc., owner and operator the North Carolina based Roses and Maxway stores. The White Oak school doors were shuttered years ago, and all that remains on the property is a gymnasium built in the 1940s. The property was donated to White Oak Baptist Church about a year ago and the White Oak School Reunion Committee began the process of renovating the building into a community center. The grant from the Pope Foundation...

UNC Lineberger physician-researchers honored with Pope Clinical Fellows Awards

July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015 Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards.  Three physician-scientists in training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been honored for excellence in cancer-related research and in the practice of medical oncology. Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored on Tuesday as the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Award recipients. The awards are given annually to recognize excellence, and to promote the careers of emerging physician-researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The recipients will each receive a $5,000 award, which is made possible by a gift from The John William Pope Foundation. “These awards recognize the work of three of our talented physician-researchers, who are both treating patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital and also helping to make research discoveries,” said Norman Sharpless, MD,...

The Fisherman’s Friend

January 15, 2015

In 2009, John J. Miller wrote a piece for National Review about John William Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope.  At the time, Pope was also the president of the foundation, a family endeavor he helped to start.  The article takes an in-depth look at Art Pope's background and giving philosophy. NATIONAL REVIEW December 21, 2009 THE FISHERMAN’S FRIEND A look at Art Pope’s distinctive, policy-centered brand of philanthropy JOHN J. MILLER Earlier this year, a well-heeled banker contacted North Carolina businessman Art Pope and offered to invest and manage the funds of the John William Pope Foundation. Pope explained his philanthropy: In addition to supporting food banks and hospice care, the foundation donated millions of dollars to right-of-center public-policy organizations. “[The banker] looked at me and very nicely, politely said, ‘Well, Art, most of our clients are engaged in traditional charity to help people. We also have some clients who get involved in...

Pope Foundation Giving Featured in N&O Column

December 23, 2014

December 23, 2014 In a December 23 News & Observer column, Barry Saunders writes about Art Pope and the John William Pope Foundation's diverse giving. We are always honored to support so many valuable organizations.  To learn more about our humanitarian giving, visit the "Our Grants" section of our website here: http://jwpf.wpengine.com/grants/focus-areas/humanitarian/. The N&O story appears below and can be read online at: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/12/22/4423459/saunders-the-giving-side-of-art.html?sp=/99/102/110/117/197/. SAUNDERS: THE GIVING SIDE OF ART POPE BY BARRY SAUNDERS Ah, man. It would be the social event of the season – nay, of the millennium – but alas, it’ll never happen, cap’n. They wouldn’t even have to pay me to cover a wang dang doodle attended by people from all of the groups that get money from the J.W. Pope Foundation: just being there and seeing those in tuxes and tatters mingling would be payment a’plenty. Since...

Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients

December 10, 2014

  December 10, 2014 RALEIGH — The John William Pope Foundation recently completed its December board meeting, awarding $1,692,500 to schools, churches, arts organizations, and community groups in its winter grant cycle. The winter grants went primarily to organizations serving the Triangle area and Vance County.  With the addition of these new grants, the Pope Foundation’s total giving for 2014 has exceeded $7.69 million. “The old ‘give a man a fish’ parable is that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but that if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” said Art Pope, chairman of the Pope Foundation. “We believe in doing both. Our December grants provide direct humanitarian assistance to those most in need-for food, shelter, and health care. Our December grants also support education, the arts, and religion. These Pope Foundation grants will help enrich all aspects of the lives of the people of North Carolina.” ...

N&O editorial: Art Pope raised ‘proper questions’ about UNC’s budget request

March 7, 2014

Categories: Education, In The News

The editorial page of the Raleigh News & Observer writes that Deputy Budget Director Art Pope, who also serves as President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, raised "proper questions" about the University of North Carolina system's proposed $2.8 billion budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year: A stern cautionary note from state budget director Art Pope to the University of North Carolina system comes down to this: This is my second memo about the state budget. You guys must not have gotten the first one. Pope has sent UNC system officials back to the budget drawing board, and because he is viewed as the top adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory and the most influential person in the executive branch, the message will be received. Pope told university officials in a Feb. 28 memo that they’re asking for too much money. He noted that to satisfy the university system’s request for a budget increase of $288 million, or 11.3 percent, the state would have to make “major...