Update from JWPF about COVID-19

March 26, 2020

The Pope Foundation remains fully accessible by email and phone, though we may not be present in our physical office. In this time of uncertainty, we appreciate your organization’s continued commitment to its work and the people you serve. The nonprofit sector is a vital component of a civil society, and that becomes all the more evident in periods of economic distress. Recently Submitted Proposals            If you submitted a proposal and have been notified that it will be considered this spring, please know that our review process and timeline are continuing as planned for the time being.  Should anything change, we will contact all applicants by email. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a program officer directly or contact us at info@jwpf.org. Current Grantees We trust that you know how to best serve your clients and understand that many of you have made programmatic changes to accommodate local, state and federal...

The Fund for American Studies Presents John Locke Foundation’s Kari Travis with Outstanding Alumni Award

August 1, 2019

Kari Travis, Associate Editor at Carolina Journal (a publication of the John Locke Foundation), was recently recognized at The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Travis received the TFAS Young Alumnus Award along with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs Mary Elizabeth Taylor. Travis was nominated for the award by the TFAS Alumni Council for showing outstanding promise in her professional work and embodying the values of TFAS. In 2018, Travis was named a TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and worked for a year on special reporting covering human trafficking. The John William Pope Foundation has been a longtime donor to the John Locke Foundation, and the late John William Pope was instrumental in its founding. The news release from TFAS can be read below. TFAS to Present Three Outstanding Alumni with Awards at Annual Conference JUNE 13, 2019 The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) will honor three of...

Triangle Teens Named Pope Eagle Scout Scholars

June 25, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Occoneechee Council - Boy Scouts of America and John William Pope Foundation have announced the 2019 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars.  The annual program recognizes four Eagle Scouts who are graduating high school and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and personal achievement in their academic and scouting lives.  Each student receives a $20,000 college scholarship.  This year’s recipients are Matthew Bryan Gillespie of Raleigh (Heritage High School), John Paul Simis of Cary (Panther Creek High School), Robert Morris Treadway, III of Raleigh (Cardinal Gibbons High School) and Pieter Jan Westerbeek, III of Cary (Athens Drive High School).  Matthew Gillespie of Raleigh (top left), John Simis of Cary (top right), Robert Treadway, III of Raleigh (bottom left) and Pieter Westerbeek, III of Cary (bottom right). Over 50 scouts applied for the scholarship, and a committee of four community leaders and interviewed finalists and selected recipients....

Haywood Pathways Center opens shelter for women and children

Pastor of New Covenant Church Nick Honerkamp (left), Executive Director of Haywood Pathways Mandy Haithcox (center), and Pope Foundation Board Member David Stover (right) during the grand opening on June 23, 2019. On June 23, 2019, Haywood Pathways Center, the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services recipient, opened the doors to their shelter for homeless women and children. Below, an article from The Mountaineer details the day. Community celebrates opening of Pathways women and children shelter By Becky Johnson bjohnson@themountaineer.com | Jun 23, 2019 A transitional shelter for homeless women with children trying to build a new life became a reality last Friday, with the celebrated opening of The Haywood Pathways Center Myr-Ken Building. The $650,000 addition to the Haywood Pathways Center will provide lodging with shared kitchen and laundry facilities for up to 10 family units of women with children. Nearly 100 people gathered for a ribbon cutting of...

Carolina Journal reporter Kari Travis receives prestigious journalism fellowship

May 9, 2018

Travis is one of eight named 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship winners March 27, 2018 | From Carolina Journal online RALEIGH — Carolina Journal Associate Editor Kari Travis has been named a recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. The program, which is affiliated with The Fund for American Studies, awards grants to fund a major, year-long investigative journalism project. Travis will divide time reporting for CJ and working on her Novak Fellowship project. Travis’s investigation, Not for Sale: Liberty, Responsibility, and the Role of Conservatism in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, will focus on the problem of domestic sex trafficking, seeking data-based policy recommendations lawmakers could implement to combat this modern form of slavery. The six-part series will span several key questions: How can we measure the severity and impact of human trafficking better when data is so hard to collect? What is the role of government,...

Why we’re giving $10 million to UNC-Chapel Hill

April 27, 2018

By Art Pope | April 23, 2018 | News & Observer Opinion Editorial [caption id="attachment_4242" align="alignright" width="214"] Art Pope, Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation[/caption] The people of North Carolina invested early in public education. In 1789, University of North Carolina was the country’s first publicly chartered university (sorry, Virginia). Our state constitution further states that the benefits of higher education should “as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.” Today, UNC-Chapel Hill has the lowest tuition among America’s top public research universities, at about $9,000. But the actual cost of education is far higher. To make up the difference at Chapel Hill and other UNC campuses, North Carolina taxpayers are generous — appropriating nearly $10,000 per student, ranking the state fifth in the country. Still, appropriations and tuition aren’t enough to produce excellence. Great public...

Measuring the Impact of Ideas: Thoughts from Arthur Brooks in Harvard Business Review

March 6, 2018

AEI’s President on Measuring the Impact of Ideas Harvard Business Review | FROM THE MARCH–APRIL 2018 ISSUE By: Arthur Brooks In the summer of 2008 I was happily working as a professor at Syracuse University when I received an unexpected phone call. For the previous year the American Enterprise Institute—one of the oldest and best-known think tanks in the country, where I had a part-time affiliation—had been searching for a new president. Was I willing to be considered for the job? The think-tank industry is very small, so it has no established pipeline for leadership. Boards are never exactly sure what type of people should lead these organizations, and executive searches frequently prove challenging. I happen to know I wasn’t the first choice—or the second or third. For years I’d taught and written about fundraising and managing nonprofits, but I’d never actually practiced either. I’m convinced that the last thing AEI’s directors said before offering me...