Pope Foundation Will Award $200,000 in Statewide Competitive Grants

September 14, 2016

Deadline to submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants has been extended to October 24   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced they would again offer two statewide competitive grants. North Carolina nonprofits can apply for the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the 2017 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services until October 24, 2016.  The foundation will award $100,000 to a selected nonprofit for an innovative project that will be completed in 2017.  Interested organizations should visit the foundation’s website at www.jwpf.org for more information and application instructions. “Traditionally, the Pope Foundation’s humanitarian and arts giving has focused on needs in the Triangle area,” said foundation Vice President Joyce Pope.  “But we know there are needs across the state and organizations with innovative ideas to address those needs.  This competitive grant program allows us to directly impact...

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair Makes Local Headlines

September 12, 2016

Children become own bosses, peddling their wares for profit BY MANDY LOCKE mlocke@newsobserver.com September 10, 2016 Nine-year-old Lauryn Hill knows a thing or two about fashion. Mix and match, buy versatile garments, embrace color. She’s even been blogging about fashion for a year. On Saturday, Lauryn had the chance to merge her passion and sensibilities with commerce. The result: $2 flip-flops decorated with pompoms and tassels. Lauryn was one of about 40 Triangle youth who tried their hands at running a small business over the weekend. They gathered in North Hills Mall Commons to do one of the most American endeavors: selling their products for profits. They peddled everything from brownies to bracelets, bubblegum machines to bedazzled barrettes. All with this hope: walking away with more money than they spent. “I’ve been hoping to open up a savings account,” said Lauryn. “Maybe I’ll make enough today to make that happen.” The fair’s concept...

Public is Invited to First Raleigh Children’s Business Fair on September 10

August 5, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. — The first Raleigh Children’s Business Fair will be held on September 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at The Commons at North Hills.   The event is free and open to the public.  The John William Pope Foundation and John Locke Foundation are organizing the event to promote an entrepreneurship learning opportunity.  With over 40 booths, participating children will sell their original products in a farmers-market style setting.  Local business leaders will serve as judges to award prizes in five categories that include ‘Most Original Idea,’ ‘Best Customer Service,’ and ‘Shoppers’ Favorite.’  Children applied to participate in the Fair earlier this year. [caption id="attachment_4552" align="alignright" width="300"] For more information about the Raleigh Children's Business Fair, visit www.raleighcbf.org.[/caption] “When we were presented with the chance to bring this event to Raleigh, we knew it would be a match for our growing city” said Pope...

Bradley Prize Event to be Held at Washington’s Kennedy Center

June 14, 2016

Thirteenth annual prizes recognize esteemed leaders for excellence Milwaukee, WI — The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation will award the thirteenth annual Bradley Prizes in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater. The 2016 Bradley Prize recipients are: political scientist Charles Murray, British historian Andrew Roberts, Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise. Video tributes to each Bradley Prize recipient will be shown, and nationally syndicated columnist George F. Will will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by the Grammy winning a cappella group Take 6.  Each Bradley Prize recipient will deliver remarks. The public can also participate via Twitter by using the handle @BradleyPrizes16. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope will attend the Washington,...

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,...

Carolina Ballet Debuts ‘Macbeth’ in Raleigh

April 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, Carolina Ballet will debut its new ballet based on the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. With original choreography and a newly written score, founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss has created what will surely be a classic.  The Pope Foundation has been a part of the early vision, supporting the ballet with a $100,000 grant for this project in 2015. Carolina Ballet reimagines timeless Macbeth BY MARTHA QUILLIN mquillin@newsobserver.com RALEIGH The Carolina Ballet has found a new way to tell a 400-year-old tale, stripping the dialogue from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and replacing it with dance and music. In this wordless medieval world, costumes, sets and lighting help convey the timeless story of ambition, affection, murder, deceit and madness. “For me, it sort of begins with stone,” said Jeff A.R. Jones, resident designer for the show, premiering April 14. Since he began designing and building sets for the ballet, Jones has become obsessed...

New $500,000 gift to North Carolina Art Museum creates the Joy W. Pope Gallery

March 13, 2016

From the Triangle Business Journal By Amanda Hoyle   The John William Pope Foundation, named for the founder of the Variety Wholesalers and Roses retail discount chain, has awarded a $500,000 grant to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to name one of the museum’s gallery spaces in memory of the late Joyce W. Pope. The Museum’s Gallery 2, a 2,800-square-foot gallery space that’s hosted exhibitions of work by Edvard Munch and Leonardo da Vinci, will be renamed as the Joyce W. Pope Gallery. Joyce Pope, wife of John William Pope and mother of the Variety Wholesalers CEO, chairman and former state budget director Art Pope, was president of the Pope Foundation from 1986 to 1992. She was also a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society. In a news release about the announcement, Art Pope noted that his mother had always been a strong supporter of the arts. "She would be humbled. But I also think she would be delighted to know that many visitors,...