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...

Fall-Winter 2019 Grants Announced

February 7, 2020

Over $1.68 million awarded to nonprofits The John William Pope Foundation is pleased to announce it awarded $1.68 million in grants this winter. Recipient nonprofits included those working in youth education, hunger and housing solutions, addiction treatment, arts performances and exhibitions, and support for justice-involved individuals.  “Our family foundation has a long history of supporting North Carolina families and communities through nonprofits, and we were pleased to continue that tradition this year,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Whether providing medical services to the working uninsured, music instruction to disadvantaged students, or other critically needed programs in our community, these organizations are working tirelessly for the people they serve. And the end result is increased opportunities for more North Carolinians.”  More than $1.1 million went directly to nonprofits located in and around the Triangle, with many of them doing work...

Fellowship Update: Learning opportunities abound at the annual Raleigh Children’s Business Fair

November 15, 2019

In May 2019, the John William Pope Foundation welcomed Branson Inscore as our 2019-2020 John Blundell Fellow.  A recent college graduate and native of Iredell County, Inscore will be with us for one year working as a program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project. The John Blundell Fellowship was established in 2015 for recent college graduates that have an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service. You can read more about the role here. This fall, Inscore directed our annual Raleigh Children’s Business Fair. Below, you’ll read more about the fair and his experience managing a community event.  Fall 2019 Fellowship Update Participating children could work individually or in small groups to operate their business. Businesses were tasked with everything from choosing their products and business name to...

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair Returns On October 19

September 9, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. — The fourth annual Raleigh Children’s Business Fair will be held, rain or shine, on October 19, 2019, from 3:00– 5:00 p.m at The Commons at North Hills. The John William Pope Foundation and John Locke Foundation are organizing the event to promote youth entrepreneurship in the Raleigh area.  The event is free; community members are invited to attend and shop. “Numerous children ages 6-14 from the greater Raleigh area will be here promoting their small businesses. Each business is provided with its own tent and table space, promoting independence and entrepreneurship in a safe environment,” said CBF Director, Branson Inscore. “I’m so looking forward to seeing these young entrepreneurs in action. I hope that the community will come out to support their efforts.” The 40 youth businesses entered in the fair will sell a variety of products including jewelry, holiday décor, baked goods, pet treats, and apparel.  Local civic and business...

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...

Pope Foundation welcomes newest John Blundell Fellow Branson Inscore

July 12, 2019

In May, the John William Pope Foundation welcomed 2019-2020 John Blundell Fellow Branson Inscore to our staff.  A recent college graduate and native of Iredell County, Inscore will be with us for one year working as a program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project. The John Blundell Fellowship was established in 2015 for recent graduates that have an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service. Previous fellows have gone on to pursue additional education, work in state government, and work in philanthropy. We asked Inscore to share more about himself in a brief Q&A.    Q: Where did you attend college? “After much deliberation, I first enrolled at Mitchell Community College, in Statesville, NC. Even with scholarship money, it was going to be much more affordable for me to attend community college, so that’s where I...

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....