United Arts Council recognizes Pope Foundation during annual State of the Arts and Culture

January 27, 2016

  RALEIGH, N.C. – During the annual State of the Arts and Culture presentations on January 13, the United Arts Council of Wake County recognized the John William Pope Foundation as the Individual/Foundation Winner of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Award. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope was on hand to accept the award during the presentation at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Lisa Grele Berrie, President and CEO at NC Theatre, nominated the foundation for the award.  Additional recipients of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards included Golden Corral (Large Business Winner), Jerry’s Artarama (Small Business Winner), and educator Marshall Butler (Sanderson High School Choral Director). The Raleigh-based Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens in North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. The foundation’s past arts support has included grants to Carolina Ballet, NC...

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...

Pope Foundation grants $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in December

December 15, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation recently awarded $1.8 million to North Carolina nonprofits in its winter grant cycle. Of that, over $1 million went to humanitarian organizations that meet hunger, housing, and health needs, primarily in the Triangle region. That figure includes $400,000 to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help fulfill a $1.3 million pledge made in 2014. “We’re pleased to help ease the burden of North Carolinians who are in need,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Our grantees are doing excellent work to ensure that real and pressing issues are addressed in our communities. They are also providing first-class access to arts and education. The true value of our grantees’ work cannot be overstated,” said Pope. First-time grants were made to Camp Corral ($10,000), Dress for Success of Eastern North Carolina ($10,000), the Hope Center at Pullen ($5,000), Junior Achievement of the Triangle ($5,000), TROSA ($10,000), Wake...

Occoneechee Council Announces 2015 Pope Scholarship Recipients

October 10, 2015

Raleigh, N.C. -- The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the recipients of the 2015 Pope Eagle Scout Scholarships. This March, four area high school students were selected from an applicant pool over 50 young men to each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary undergraduate education. Recipients of the 2015 scholarships included: Joseph Daniel Melvin of Southern Pines; Andrew John “AJ” Raulynaitis, II of Willow Spring; Andrew Walker Smith of Cary; and Jesse Franklin Tarte, III of Raleigh. “Seeing such a promising group of young men who are committed to making a difference in both their communities and academic studies is rewarding and fulfills the vision of this grant program,” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the Pope Foundation. Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. The...

Library in Vance County installs bilingual Spanish early literacy stations with Pope Foundation support

September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015 RALEIGH -- With recent grant support from the John William Pope Foundation, the H. Leslie Memorial Library in Vance County has added new technology to the youth services area to their Henderson, N.C. facility.  The new installation features additional early literacy stations that offer over 70 educational software programs in several curricular areas.  Several of the station's programs are offered in Spanish, making the bilingual offering beneficial to the entire family. The official press release can be read online at The Daily Dispatch: http://www.hendersondispatch.com/homepage/check-it-out-news-from-the-perry-memorial-library/article_d6f56bee-6b76-52e5-9f65-699bb288b06b.html The Pope Foundation receives its support from the Pope family, owner and operator of the Henderson, North Carolina-based company Variety Wholesalers, Inc. For more information about the Perry Memorial Library, visit their website here....

Pope Foundation makes emergency grants to Raleigh-area animal shelters

August 20, 2015

August 20, 2015 RALEIGH -- The Pope Foundation has issued two emergency grants to local animal rescues.  Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh and the Vance County Animal Shelter in Henderson were each awarded $1,000 to aid with pressing issues. “Both Safe Haven Rescue and Vance County Animal Shelter are doing their respective parts to keep communities clean and safe by providing shelter and care for animals that would otherwise be neglected or endangered.” said Joyce Pope, vice president of the John William Pope Foundation.  “Furthermore, their work to care for and rehabilitate abandoned and abused animals adds important value to our society and underscores how important it is to care for all community members, great and small.” Safe Haven for Cats took 34 cats into their facility after a July animal hoarding case that removed over 150 animals from a Chatham County home. The shelter has run out of space and resources during the summer months when they are typically already...

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...