Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients

December 10, 2014

  December 10, 2014 RALEIGH — The John William Pope Foundation recently completed its December board meeting, awarding $1,692,500 to schools, churches, arts organizations, and community groups in its winter grant cycle. The winter grants went primarily to organizations serving the Triangle area and Vance County.  With the addition of these new grants, the Pope Foundation’s total giving for 2014 has exceeded $7.69 million. “The old ‘give a man a fish’ parable is that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but that if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime,” said Art Pope, chairman of the Pope Foundation. “We believe in doing both. Our December grants provide direct humanitarian assistance to those most in need-for food, shelter, and health care. Our December grants also support education, the arts, and religion. These Pope Foundation grants will help enrich all aspects of the lives of the people of North Carolina.” ...

North Carolina Museum of Art Receives $25,000 Grant from John William Pope Foundation to Support the School Bus Scholarship Fund

March 5, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. MARCH 5, 2014 — The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has received a grant from the John William Pope Foundation for $25,000 in support of the Museum’s School Bus Scholarship Fund. The NCMA School Bus Scholarship Fund, which was launched in 2008 to provide funding to North Carolina schools requiring financial assistance to transport students to the Museum, must be replenished annually. Each year nearly 1,000 students from approximately nine schools visit the Museum with support from the School Bus Scholarship Fund. The John William Pope Foundation’s $25,000 grant will not only allow the NCMA to continue the program but will also allow it to serve an additional three to five schools. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ “This grant will ensure that more students from across North Carolina will experience the treasures of their state's art museum,” said Museum director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are incredibly thankful...

Pope Foundation Announces December Grant Recipients, Bringing 2013 Total to Over $1 Million in Giving to Humanitarian and Arts Organizations

December 11, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. DEC. 11, 2013 — The John William Pope Foundation has announced $802,500 in giving to community charities, schools, churches, and the arts — bringing the Foundation’s total giving to humanitarian and arts organizations in 2013 to over $1 million. “We’re honored to continue supporting these valuable community nonprofits that help the most vulnerable among us and that enrich our lives through education and the creative arts,” said Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ The new grants are in addition to $200,000 in direct support to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, medical missions, and other organizations given by the Pope Foundation since July. Of that number, $185,000 were accelerated grants meant to mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October. With the December 2013 cycle of grants, the Pope...

No 10-year itch for Grant Llewellyn and the N.C. Symphony

September 16, 2013

Categories: The Arts

The 10-year itch? There isn't one for Grant Llewellyn's romance with the N.C. Symphony. The Welsh-born conductor marks his 10th anniversary with the symphony this coming January. And as The News & Observer reports over the weekend, the relationship is blossoming more than ever: Ten years into a relationship is a good time to stop and take stock. For Grant Llewellyn, who began leading the North Carolina Symphony in January 2004, assessments from the orchestra, audience, critics and the conductor himself all seem to agree: It’s been a roaring success. That’s a heck of a honeymoon, one that’s likely to continue when Llewellyn opens the 2013-14 season next weekend conducting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Llewellyn’s affable, down-to-earth personality, combined with his enthusiastic, deeply felt musical interpretations, make him instantly likable. The energetic 52-year-old Welshman is charming and charismatic, whether in TV interviews...

Is all charity created equal?

August 28, 2013

Are donors who give to inner-city missions worthy of higher praise than donors who give to the opera? That’s the central question examined in two competing columns recently published by Philanthropy Journal. In the first column, author Eric Friedman argues that philanthropy should be, principally, about helping the poor: Is philanthropy about helping those in need or pursuing the personal passions of the donor? If it is the former, then shouldn't a central tenet be to try to provide the most help possible? In this case, such donor-driven strategies should be widely regarded as failed philanthropy. Being honest is not just about not lying but also requires a certain level of frankness. Not every good cause is equally good, and not every donor is equally deserving of praise. As long as the philanthropic community views those who donate millions to their favorite opera houses to be as generous as those who help the poorest people in the world, there is a lack of honesty. We...

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...

How the fine arts can fight poverty

May 30, 2013

Are the fine arts of Western civilization a pathway to fighting poverty? Earl Shorris — a novelist, journalist, and author of The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor — says "yes." Be sure to read this book review by Naomi Schaefer Riley in The Wall Street Journal: Almost two decades ago, Earl Shorris, a novelist and journalist, told the editor at his publishing house that he wanted to write a book about poverty in America. The editor, to his credit, said that he didn't want just another book describing the problem. He wanted a solution. So Shorris, who had attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship many years before and who was greatly influenced by its Great Books curriculum, hit upon the idea of teaching the core texts of Western civilization to people living in poverty, whose school experience had scanted the canon or skipped it entirely. His Eureka moment came when he was visiting a prison and conducting interviews for another book he was...