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.”

Substantial grants were awarded to White Memorial Presbyterian Church of Raleigh and Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) in honor of the late Joyce Wilkins Pope, who passed away in May.  Joyce W. Pope served as the Pope Foundation’s president from its founding in 1986 until 1992, and was the wife of the late John William Pope, founder of the Pope Foundation and longtime president of Variety Wholesalers.

Joyce L. Pope is vice president of the foundation and granddaughter of Joyce W. and John William Pope. “My grandparents cared deeply about the well being of people, and in particular my grandmother loved the arts,” she said. “We miss them dearly, but to be able to honor organizations in which they were deeply vested is rewarding. They would be so pleased to know how many more people will benefit from the care and services of these grantees.”

A full list of December grant awards can be found below. The Foundation’s philanthropic vision is rooted in meeting real human needs, both in the short-term, through humanitarian aid, and in the long-term, through liberty-oriented organizations that foster a freer, more prosperous society so that individuals have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their loved ones.  For more information about the Pope Foundation and its grants, please visit www.jwpf.org.

December 2014 Grantees:

Area Christians Together in Service (A.C.T.S.) of Vance County – $5,000

Alliance Medical Ministries – $20,000

The Asheville School – $225,000

Barium Springs Home for Children – $10,000

Blessed Sacrament School – $10,000

Boy Scouts of America (Occoneechee Council) – $50,000

Carolina Ballet – $25,000

Children’s Homes of Iredell County – $5,000

CORRAL Riding Academy – $5,000

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC – $10,000

Full Gospel Tabernacle of Life Church – $25,000

Godwin Presbyterian Church – $5,000

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation – $50,000

The Green Chair Project – $10,000

H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library – $15,000

Habitat for Humanity, Wake County – $20,000

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program – $5,000

Henderson YMCA – $5,000

Hope Reins of Raleigh – $10,000

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – $10,000

Life Line Outreach – $5,000

North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation – $10,000

North Carolina Opera – $15,000

The North Carolina Symphony – $25,000

North Carolina Theatre – $25,000

Neuse Christian Academy  -$2,500

Performance Edge – $5,000

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina – $25,000

Raleigh Charter High School – $25,000

Raleigh Fine Arts Society – $25,000

Raleigh Little Theatre – $5,000

Raleigh Rescue Mission – $10,000

Ravenscroft School – $25,000

Safe Haven for Cats – $5,000

The Salvation Army of Wake County – $10,000

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals – $30,000

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen – $10,000

StepUp Ministry – $25,000

Thoroughbred Charities of America – $10,000

Thoroughbred Racing Fan Association – $5,000

Transitions LifeCare (Formerly Hospice of Wake County) – $100,000

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center – $400,000*

United Way of Vance County – $15,000

Vance County Historical Society – $5,000

Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina-CARES – $20,000

Virginia Episcopal School – $25,000

White Memorial Presbyterian Church – $300,000*

YMCA of the Triangle – $5,000

Youth Legislative Assembly – $5,000

*As part of a multi-year commitment