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,...

Pope Foundation Makes $10 Million Commitment to UNC-Chapel Hill

April 23, 2018

Gift will support academics, research and athletics [caption id="attachment_4794" align="alignright" width="300"] UNC-CH Vice Chancellor David Routh, Joyce L. Pope, Art Pope, and UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt at today's announcement.[/caption] RALEIGH, N.C. – During a presentation today at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the John William Pope Foundation announced a $10 million commitment to the ‘Campaign for Carolina.’ The gift will be split among four programs: $5 million for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund post-doctoral fellowships for cancer researchers; $3.75 million for the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program in the College of Arts and Sciences to expand professorships and fund additional guest speakers; $1 million to the athletics department to fund scholarships for track-and-field athletes; and $250,000 to UNC Horizons Program to fund a three-year study on effectiveness of its innovative treatment program for substance disorders...

Pope Foundation awards $2.21 million in grants

December 11, 2017

TRIANGLE REGION NONPROFITS RECEIVE BULK OF FUNDING   RALEIGH N.C. – During a November meeting of its board of directors, The John William Pope Foundation awarded $2.21 million in grants to human service, animal, arts, and education nonprofit organizations.  Of that total, $1.43 million went to 58 nonprofits in the greater Triangle region. Most groups had received support from the Pope Foundation in previous years, including several nonprofits in Vance County.  However, new to the Pope Foundation's giving list were Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina, Catholic Charities, InterAct, North Carolina Master Chorale, Reality Ministries, Safe Families for Children Alliance, and Triangle Literacy Council. Also included in the Pope Foundation’s November giving was a $200,000, two-year grant to SECU Family House in Chapel Hill for their $8 million building campaign.  SECU Family House provides safe, affordable housing for patients who travel to UNC...

Vance County Animal Shelter to host event for veterans, dogs

November 1, 2017

This Saturday, November, 4, 2017, Vance County Animal Shelter will hold a special event to connect veterans and shelter dogs.  Shelter volunteer Mark Ferri is organizing the event to give veterans an opportunity to connect with dogs in need.  Dogs have demonstrated therapeutic benefit, and Ferri wants to help those who might be suffering with the invisible war wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Pope Foundation is supported by the Pope Family, owners and operators of the Henderson, N.C.-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc.  Because of the company's longstanding relationship in Vance County, the Foundation makes grants to support a number of organizations in that county.  Among the nonprofits the Pope Foundation supports is the Vance County Animal Shelter. A newspaper article about the event was published in The Henderson Dispatch and is printed below. Walk seeks to bring veterans, shelter dogs together By Miles Bates MBATES@HENDERSONDISPATCH.COM | November 1, 2017...

Statement regarding Carolina Plott Hound posts

September 15, 2017

Earlier this week, Carolina Plott Hound (an online Drudge Report-style news aggregator owned by Civitas Institute), linked to an offensive post authored by the Triad Conservative blog.  The Triad Conservative blog post suggested that North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined two national lawsuits against the Trump administration (one challenging the so-called ‘travel ban’ and another challenging the DACA repeal) because he was motivated by his ethnicity and religious faith – Judaism.  The post goes on to further suggest “those within [Stein’s] own ethnic group want the Christian majority with roots in western countries to be numerically diluted.” Because the John William Pope Foundation makes grants to Civitas, we felt compelled to make a statement about the offensive linked post.  Though we have no affiliation with the individual(s) who author Triad Conservative, the Pope Foundation staff and board vehemently reject such a contemptible conspiracy theory. ...

Left-Right Collaboration in a Hyper-partisan Age

July 14, 2017

Philanthropists today can play a crucial role in ­reducing the divisive acrimony of our hyper-partisan age. Here are some examples where funders from across the philosophical spectrum are working together:...

Leslie Clark and Ashley Freeman named 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows

July 5, 2017

CHAPEL HILL -- University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center named Leslie Clark, MD, and Ashley Freeman, MD, as the recipients of the 2017 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards. Freeman, MD, was recognized for her work as chief fellow in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and Clark, MD, was recognized for her work as a fellow in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. They were selected for the awards for demonstrating excellence in cancer research and in clinical oncology practice. The $5,000 awards, supported by the John William Pope Foundation, are given annually to up to three emerging physician-researchers. “Part of the UNC Lineberger mission is training the next generation of physicians and researchers who will uncover the treatment advances of tomorrow,” said Norman E. Sharpless, MD, UNC Lineberger’s director and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. “We are honored to recognize these two outstanding physician-researchers for...