Daily Dispatch: As local nonprofits take a hit, Pope Foundation steps up

October 24, 2013

The Daily Dispatch, based out of Henderson, N.C., yesterday reported on the Pope Foundation's $35,000 in grants to food pantries in Vance County. The grants were part of a larger $185,000 given by the Pope Foundation in October to humanitarian charities.  LifeLine Outreach Inc., a nonprofit based in Vance County that alleviates homelessness and assists women and children in crisis. (Photo credit: Daily Dispatch) The Dispatch reported: Local non-profits and faith-based organizations took a hit when the federal government closed for 16 days. The John William Pope Foundation made its yearly donations to Vance County charities a few months early this year to help offset the impact of the shutdown. “We heard on the ground that the federal government shutdown was having an effect on these charities doing this humanitarian work and what we decided to do was to expedite our end of the year funding to cover the shortfall caused by the shutdown,” said David Riggs of the Pope...

A triumph for donor intent in Colorado

October 23, 2013

An unfortunate legacy of modern philanthropy is the forsaking of donor intent. Foundations that exist in perpetuity often abandon the principles of the original wealth creators — and frequently, staff and boards steer the foundations in a left-wing direction. There are examples of donor intent triumphing, however. One of those is the Daniels Fund, based in Denver, Colorado. Martin Morse Wooster writes about that success here: In November 2003, the Daniels Fund, a three-year old Denver-based charity, announced a dramatic downsizing, closing regional offices in three states and sacking 21 employees—a third of its staff. “We have to operate more efficiently,” foundation president Hank Brown said at the time.1 Three months later the liberal establishment fired back. The New York Timesreported on the turmoil. “Had his ashes—combined at his request with those of his beloved cat, Sydney—not been scattered over the Pacific three years ago, Bill Daniels would probably be...

Pope Foundation Makes $185,000 in Humanitarian Grants to Counter Effects of Government Shutdown

October 21, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 21, 2013 — To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian nonprofits with financial support, support that is leveraged by their great volunteers and staff,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “With the added uncertainty and potential increase in need due to a partial federal government shutdown, the Pope Foundation decided to give earlier and more to help these private and volunteer charitable institutions fill the gap and offer a hand up to those most in need," Pope said. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Thirteen organizations will benefit from the accelerated grants. These organizations meet the immediate needs of...

Want to be happy? Participating in a vibrant civil society is key

October 9, 2013

Who doesn't want to be happy? But often, the pursuits and pleasures we assume will bring happiness never do in the end. Writing in Philanthropy Daily, middle-school teacher Abigail Clevenger suggests that participating in a vibrant civil society — family, church, and local community — is a key ingredient for achieving personal and national happiness. She launches her argument off a recent speech by the American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks on "the secret of happiness": The problem is that we try to measure happiness, both personally and nationally, with what is easily measured: money and material goods. So we quickly become a nation primed for consumption and the never-ending quest to satiate unlimited desires. The government ends up encouraging materialism and the assumption that money (or entitlements) can buy happiness. Alas, time and again, the stats clearly demonstrate that money just doesn’t buy elusive happiness. Again, for an individual or society to be...

Pope Foundation, N.C. Free-Market Groups Honored With Network Award

October 2, 2013

State Policy Network, a national group that strengthens free-market think tanks in the states, has honored the John William Pope Foundation and other liberty-oriented groups in North Carolina with the second annual Network Award....

Is all charity created equal?

August 28, 2013

Are donors who give to inner-city missions worthy of higher praise than donors who give to the opera? That’s the central question examined in two competing columns recently published by Philanthropy Journal. In the first column, author Eric Friedman argues that philanthropy should be, principally, about helping the poor: Is philanthropy about helping those in need or pursuing the personal passions of the donor? If it is the former, then shouldn't a central tenet be to try to provide the most help possible? In this case, such donor-driven strategies should be widely regarded as failed philanthropy. Being honest is not just about not lying but also requires a certain level of frankness. Not every good cause is equally good, and not every donor is equally deserving of praise. As long as the philanthropic community views those who donate millions to their favorite opera houses to be as generous as those who help the poorest people in the world, there is a lack of honesty. We...

No, the Pope Foundation doesn’t give to Republicans

August 27, 2013

Responding to false statements recently made in a syndicated column, Pope Foundation Executive Vice President David Riggs corrected the record in this letter to the editor in The News & Observer (emphasis added): The Aug. 20 Other Opinion piece “The massacre of the N.C. model” by Bloomberg’s Al Hunt contained false statements about Art Pope and the John William Pope Foundation. Hunt wrote, “Pope has given to the Republican Party through his political action committee, foundations and personal contributions.” This is unequivocally false. Art Pope is a proud Republican, but he does not have his own political action committee. His personal contributions to the Republican Party do not come close to $1 million, even over his lifetime. The Pope Foundation, a charitable organization, has never contributed anything to the Republican Party. By reprinting Hunt’s false statement that the Pope Foundation contributed to the Republican Party, you falsely accused the foundation...