Triangle Nonprofits Awarded $2 million in Grants in Winter 2016

December 22, 2016

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Recipients include arts, human services, and education groups RALEIGH, N.C. – At a winter 2016 board meeting, The John William Pope Foundation awarded $2.3 million in grants, with just over $2 million going directly to nonprofits in the Triangle.  A total of 72 organizations received grants.  Additional grants were made to organizations in Vance County. Vance County is home to Variety Wholesalers, owned and operated by the Pope family.  For a full list of grants made, please see the list below. The Pope Foundation makes grants twice a year, in the spring and in the winter.  Applications are accepted year-round.  For more information on applying for a Pope Foundation grant, visit   The Pope Foundation works to improve the well being of citizens in North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled more than $100...

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 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...

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[/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...

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...

Diverse Group Gathers at Duke for First NC Leadership Forum

March 23, 2016

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From the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy March 9, 2016 Thirty-four civic, business and political leaders from across North Carolina gathered last week at the inaugural North Carolina Leadership Forum (NCLF), a new initiative aimed at bridging partisan and ideological divides in North Carolina. The forum hosted by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is the first of a four planned discussions about challenges facing both workers and employers. In a daylong, private dialogue, participants addressed the question, “How can we enable more North Carolinians to earn enough to support their families?” “We’re living with a steady diet of partisan rancor,” said Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, a member of the NCLF steering committee. “It’s gotten to the point that collaboration and consensus-building -- the traditional bread and butter of politics -- seem nearly extinct. “Our goal in organizing the forum is to provide a space for civil and...