Volunteering For Public Good: A Column From John Hood

February 21, 2018

By: John Hood |President of the John William Pope Foundation February 21, 2018 RALEIGH — In this politically polarized moment in our history, what unites us? Surely one value nearly all of us have in common is a belief in the importance and power of donating our time, expertise, and dollars to worthy organizations and causes that serve our communities. North Carolina has a long tradition of charitable giving and volunteering. When measured as shares of household income, North Carolinians give to charity at a rate significantly above the national average — and Americans, in turn, are among the most generous people on the planet. Charitable giving accounts for just over 2 percent of the gross domestic product in the U.S., compared with 1.2 percent in Canada, .8 percent in Britain, .3 in France, .2 percent in Japan, and .1 percent in Germany. Why is there such a gigantic disparity? Most scholars of philanthropy would attribute our relative generosity to distinctive public...

2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Recipients Announced

January 31, 2018

Stokes County Arts Council awarded Grant in the arts and Haywood Pathways Center awarded grant in human services   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services. The recipients of the one-time, $100,000 grants are Stokes County Arts Council in Danbury, North Carolina and Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville, North Carolina. [caption id="attachment_4767" align="alignleft" width="300"] Arts Place of Stokes, the headquarters for Stokes County Arts Council, will complete phase two of internal construction with the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant. Photo Credit: Stokes Arts.[/caption] Stokes County Arts Council will use the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to complete phase two construction of The Arts Place of Stokes. Opened in 2017, The Arts Place is a multi-purpose community arts facility. Along with additional funding already received, Stokes Arts will use...

Application Window Opens for 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants

July 1, 2017

The John William Pope Foundation has opened the application period for the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in The Arts and the 2018 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. ...

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Awarded 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts

March 3, 2017

Courtyard of the Cherokee Project will combine local artisans and cultural elements for an outdoor experience   [caption id="attachment_4639" align="alignright" width="300"] Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is housed in a rock schoolhouse built in 1926 and nestled on 10 acres of land in Graham County, North Carolina. Photo: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.[/caption] RALEIGH, N.C. – The John William Pope Foundation awarded the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County.  The Stecoah Center received a $100,000 grant for its Courtyard of the Cherokee Project, an outdoor art installation that will highlight the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ (EBCI) contributions to the Stecoah community.  It’s a part of an innovative long-term plan to enhance the Center’s ten-acre property. “We are extremely excited and humbled to be selected to receive the Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts,” said the Center’s...

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

September 14, 2016

Deadline to submit applications for Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants has been extended to October 24   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 24, 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...

Innovative Play by Raleigh Little Theatre Hits the Stage

April 25, 2016

Audience participation is needed for this town hall set within a play [caption id="attachment_4518" align="alignright" width="300"] The Raleigh Little Theatre debuts "Beertown" on May 2, 2016. Photo courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre.[/caption] It's a play that has nothing to do with beer, yet everything to do with it at the same time.  In its Raleigh, North Carolina debut, "Beertown" performed by Raleigh Little Theatre, offers theatergoers an innovative arts experience where they become part of the on stage action. An original production of the Washington, D.C.-based theater company, dog & pony dc, “Beertown” is described as “an ensemble-devised interactive exploration of history, civic ritual, identity, community, and memory that incorporates live music, dance, group song…and a dessert potluck.” In the play, citizens of a city called Beertown gather (every five years) for a historical 'Quinquennial Celebration.'  During the festivities, a town meeting is...

Carolina Ballet Debuts ‘Macbeth’ in Raleigh

April 11, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, Carolina Ballet will debut its new ballet based on the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. With original choreography and a newly written score, founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss has created what will surely be a classic.  The Pope Foundation has been a part of the early vision, supporting the ballet with a $100,000 grant for this project in 2015. Carolina Ballet reimagines timeless Macbeth BY MARTHA QUILLIN mquillin@newsobserver.com RALEIGH The Carolina Ballet has found a new way to tell a 400-year-old tale, stripping the dialogue from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and replacing it with dance and music. In this wordless medieval world, costumes, sets and lighting help convey the timeless story of ambition, affection, murder, deceit and madness. “For me, it sort of begins with stone,” said Jeff A.R. Jones, resident designer for the show, premiering April 14. Since he began designing and building sets for the ballet, Jones has become obsessed...