Pope Foundation’s David Stover Joins TFAS Board of Directors

February 23, 2018

This week, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) announced that David Stover was recently named to their board of directors.  Stover has been a longtime friend of the Pope Foundation and has served on the Foundation's board for over 10 years.  Based in Washington, D.C., TFAS has been providing critical training to young leaders since 1967.  Their stated mission is to teach "principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world."  The release announcing Stover's TFAS appointment is below. FEBRUARY 22, 2018 TFAS Welcomes Dedicated Alumni to Board of Trustees The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the election of TFAS alumni John Lee (ICPES 85) and David M. Stover (ICPES 77) to its Board of Trustees. “The addition of David Stover and John Lee to the TFAS Board of Trustees adds two people with a keen understanding of our programs and deep commitment to our...

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...

Statement regarding Carolina Plott Hound posts

September 15, 2017

Earlier this week, Carolina Plott Hound (an online Drudge Report-style news aggregator owned by Civitas Institute), linked to an offensive post authored by the Triad Conservative blog.  The Triad Conservative blog post suggested that North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined two national lawsuits against the Trump administration (one challenging the so-called ‘travel ban’ and another challenging the DACA repeal) because he was motivated by his ethnicity and religious faith – Judaism.  The post goes on to further suggest “those within [Stein’s] own ethnic group want the Christian majority with roots in western countries to be numerically diluted.” Because the John William Pope Foundation makes grants to Civitas, we felt compelled to make a statement about the offensive linked post.  Though we have no affiliation with the individual(s) who author Triad Conservative, the Pope Foundation staff and board vehemently reject such a contemptible conspiracy theory. ...

Network of enlightened Women’s Annual Conference Featured in ‘Glamour’ Magazine

August 17, 2017

Categories: In The News

Recently, a Pope Foundation grantee, the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), grabbed attention online when a review of one of their annual conferences appeared on the pages of Glamour magazine.  Why was the article surprising to some?  NeW is a educational nonprofit that is providing space for young women to explore conservative ideas while in college.  The writer who attended the NeW conference was a self-described liberal woman who cried when Hilary Clinton lost the presidential election last year.  In our age of hyper-partisan politics, it's easy to imagine that both parties might have left the conference angry or indignant.  Instead, it seems a civil conversation and a refreshing perspective on feminism resulted.  The article below, by writer Samantha Leach, appeared online earlier this month. Conservative Millennial Women Are Here For Female Empowerment—Just Don't Call Them Feminists BY SAMANTHA LEACH | AUGUST 4, 2017 | Glamour  Recently I spent two days at the hub...

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...