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

September 14, 2016

Nonprofits can submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants until October 17   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 17, 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 communities and inspire...

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...

Institute of Political Leadership’s ‘Hometown Debates’ bring attention to

August 23, 2016

In his August 4 column, Pope Foundation President John Hood discussed the upcoming 'Hometown Debate' series sponsored by the Institute for Political Leadership (Hood is a board member). Read the column below: Debates will inform voters August 4, 2016 | John M. Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina is urbanizing — that much is certain. You can chart it in the economic data about population, income, and job creation. You can see it in the cranes that rise into the skylines of our largest cities. You can hear it as you travel the state and talk to people. Fewer have the distinctive accents of small-town and rural North Carolina. But to say our state is “urbanizing” is not to say that it is “urban,” or anything remotely approaching it. Most of us still live in suburbs, small communities, and rural areas. If North Carolina candidates fail to understand that as they plan their campaigns, they will likely fail by Election Day. Our two most-populous counties, Mecklenburg and...

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,...

Boy Scouts Occoneechee Council Announces 2016 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars

April 28, 2016

Five Wake County high school students receive college scholarships   RALEIGH, N.C. – The John William Pope Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council have announced the 2016 Pope Eagle Scout Scholars.  Five high school students were selected from an applicant pool of over 50. Applicants were required to have completed the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and be a current or former member of the Occoneechee Council. Four of the Pope Eagle Scout Scholars will receive a $20,000 scholarship to be applied towards their post-secondary education.  They are Nicholas Anderson of Wake Forest (Wake Forest High School), Justin Do of Raleigh (Needham B. Broughton High School), Daniel Kunath of Apex (Saint Thomas More Academy), and Collin Thrash of Cary (Ravenscroft School).  A fifth scholar, Vince Friedman of Raleigh (Jesse O. Sanderson High School) was recently selected as a Class of 2020 Morehead-Cain Scholar, so his scholarship will be honorary as the Morehead...