Pope Foundation Announces New Feature: ‘Liberty Leaders”

June 26, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. JUNE. 26, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, has announced a new feature on its website — Liberty Leaders. The series features stories of generous free-market, conservative philanthropists and the causes and people they support and help. "A bedrock of civilized, free society is individual generosity," said Dave Riggs, Vice President for Operations and Programs at the Pope Foundation. "We're excited to create this new feature that will highlight the lives of individuals who give generously in the name of liberty — and hopefully convince others to do the same." In addition to Liberty Leaders, the Pope Foundation has two other series — Grantee Profiles, which focuses on the good work of nonprofits in our community, and Achiever Spotlights, which highlight the lives of individuals who have achieved much, thanks in large part to nonprofits supported by the Foundation. For more information or...

Pope Foundation Announces 2013 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

February 19, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. FEB. 19, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, is proud to announce the 2013 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in the military, small business, and music industry. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become leaders in the free-enterprise system. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council. “Helping these Eagle Scouts become the greatest leaders of tomorrow — that’s our goal,” said John Akerman, CEO of the Occoneechee Council, the scouting council that administers the scholarship. “We’re excited to see where life takes this newest class of young men.” The Pope Foundation funds two scholarships, valued at $40,000,...

Art Pope Joins McCrory Administration as Deputy Budget Director

December 20, 2012

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 20, 2012 — Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation and CEO of Variety Wholesalers Inc., has accepted the position of Deputy Budget Director in the McCrory Administration. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join with Governor-elect McCrory and the rest of the administration in building a brighter future for North Carolina,” Pope said. Pope brings varied public service experience to his new role, having served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives and as Special Counsel to Gov. Jim Martin. In 1992, he was the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Learn more about Pope’s public service Learn more about Pope’s philanthropic efforts Throughout his public service career, Pope’s top goal has been to reform North Carolina’s budget and tax system to better serve citizens. Pope also oversees the giving of the Pope Foundation, one of the most generous philanthropies in North Carolina....

Pope Foundation Makes $810,500 in Grants to Community Charities, Schools, Churches, and the Arts

December 13, 2012

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 13, 2012 — The John William Pope Foundation has announced its December cycle of grants — $810,500 in giving to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts. “We’re privileged to continue supporting these organizations that help so many in our community,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “In these difficult times in North Carolina, families continue to struggle. These humanitarian organizations provide a helping hand for those in need.” With the 2012 cycle of grants, the Pope Foundation added four new charities to its grantee list: SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals: Provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics. The Green Chair Project: Accepts gently used furniture and household items and re-sells them at a significant markdown to the working poor. Families benefit, and so does the...

Pope Foundation Gives $25,000 to Help Seriously Ill Patients

December 12, 2012

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Reprinted with permission. Visit SECU Family House's website here. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. DEC. 10, 2012 — SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals received a $25,000 grant from the John William Pope Foundation of Raleigh, N.C. SECU Family House is a 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house in Chapel Hill, N.C., serving seriously ill adult patients at UNC Hospitals and their family members or caregivers. “We are grateful for this very generous gift from the Pope Foundation and family,” says Family House Executive Director Greg Kirkpatrick. “Never has the need been greater for affordable accommodations for patients who undergo extended treatment for cancer, transplant, burn, or trauma—and for their caregivers. The comfort and sanctuary our volunteers, staff and guests provide during that time is inestimable. This grant helps to ensure that families can stay here without undue financial burden.” The $25,000 grant is directed to the House’s family assistance fund, “Fund A...

Pope Foundation Launches New Website

October 2, 2012

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RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 2, 2012 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, has launched a redesigned website to more effectively communicate with fellow donors, the public, and the media. “Our expanded online presence serves as an important step in continuing my father’s legacy of generosity and goodwill,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the Pope Foundation. “Our goal is to underscore the vital work being done by our grantees.” The website describes the Pope Foundation’s four areas of philanthropic investment — public policy groups, educational institutions, humanitarian efforts, and the arts — that amounts to over $10 million in giving each year. It also tells John William Pope’s remarkable story — from his humble beginning working in his father’s five-and-dime store during the Great Depression to becoming head of a retail chain serving 300 communities across the southeast and employing thousands. Six...

Pope Foundation Donates $1.2 Million to Charities, Hosts Fundraiser for StepUp Ministry

December 12, 2011

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RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 12, 2011 — Art Pope, President of the John William Pope Foundation, announced today that the Foundation’s board has approved $1,240,000 in local charitable grants. The charitable grants were awarded to humanitarian, arts, and education non-profits as well as Universities in the Raleigh area. “I am glad that the Pope Foundation, with the support of Variety Wholesalers, can continue its charitable giving in these hard economic times of need, and even step up our giving by raising $300,000 for StepUp Ministry.” The Pope Foundation awarded $800,000 to groups such as the Raleigh Rescue Mission, Urban Ministries of Wake County, Alliance Medical Ministry, and Habitat for Humanity, which focus on alleviating poverty, poor health, and housing deficiencies. Additional grants to the NC Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Symphony, and Performance Edge support and enhance cultural institutions. Also in calendar year 2011, the Pope Foundation awarded grants to local...