North Carolina Leadership Forum brings conservatives and liberals together

June 8, 2016

In early 2016, the John William Pope Foundation, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the Duke Endowment jointly funded the first North Carolina Leadership Forum.  Designed as a bi-partisan gathering of leaders to bridge the ideological divide so prominent in today's discourse, the group first met in March.  Two other meetings are expected later this year. On June 4, Charlotte Observer Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten heralded the project as a "heartening event."  That opinion-editorial can be read below. So a liberal and a conservative walk into a bar... By Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor June 4, 2016 Charlotte Observer  Conservative Art Pope and liberal Rick Glazier walk into a bar… This is no joke. Pope, Glazier and some of North Carolina’s other most prominent liberals and conservatives are breaking bread together, trying to find something that has been elusive in recent years: a shred of common ground. These 35 leaders in business, politics,...

Leaders try to find common ground in North Carolina

March 9, 2016

From the News & Observer BY ROB CHRISTENSEN It was a simple idea, but a surprising one in this age of political polarization, which now includes innuendo about one’s manhood. Why not get North Carolinians of all political stripes together to have conversations, to better understand one another’s point of view, and see whether there is any common ground about how to make life better in the state? The result was the first of a series of meetings last week at Duke University involving conservatives such as Raleigh businessman Art Pope, former state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and former gubernatorial candidate Chuck Neely, and liberals such as MaryBe McMillan of the state AFL-CIO, former Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and former state Rep. Rick Glazier, head of the North Carolina Justice Center. It all started when John Hood, president of the conservative John Pope Foundation, wrote a column about a year ago about how liberals and conservatives rarely talk...

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...