Fall-Winter 2019 Grants Announced

February 7, 2020

Over $1.68 million awarded to nonprofits

The John William Pope Foundation is pleased to announce it awarded $1.68 million in grants this winter. Recipient nonprofits included those working in youth education, hunger and housing solutions, addiction treatment, arts performances and exhibitions, and support for justice-involved individuals. 

“Our family foundation has a long history of supporting North Carolina families and communities through nonprofits, and we were pleased to continue that tradition this year,” said foundation Chairman Art Pope. “Whether providing medical services to the working uninsured, music instruction to disadvantaged students, or other critically needed programs in our community, these organizations are working tirelessly for the people they serve. And the end result is increased opportunities for more North Carolinians.” 

More than $1.1 million went directly to nonprofits located in and around the Triangle, with many of them doing work with statewide benefits such as child-abuse prevention and jobs training. While most grants were for general operating support, some grants supported specific endeavors. Special-project grants in the Triangle included:

  • $15,000 to Children’s Home Society of North Carolina to support foster-family recruitment in Wake County
  • $15,000 to the Catholic Charities Diocese of Raleigh for the Support Circles program for homeless families.
  • $10,000 to Preservation North Carolina for its project to relocate two historic Oberlin Road homes, preserving African American history in Raleigh and providing a new headquarters for the group.

Also included in this group of Triangle grants was $119,500 to multiple nonprofits working specifically for Vance County residents. Vance County is the home of Variety Wholesalers, owned and operated by the Pope Family.

Outside of the Triangle-area giving, the Pope Foundation distributed funds to multiple causes including, arts, schools, and animals. Highlights included:

  • $100,000 granted to StepUp Wilmington and $50,000 granted to Artspace through the 2020 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Human Services and the Arts. Both groups will unveil their special projects later this year.
  • $80,000 was granted to thoroughbred-related nonprofits, primarily based in Lexington, Kentucky. Recipients included Backstretch Employee Services Team of NY for citizenship classes for track employees ($5,000); Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for a study examining PET technology’s use in the early detection of fetlock lesions in horses ($50,000); New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program for their work in caring for retired thoroughbreds ($15,000); and Thoroughbred Charities of America for further grant distribution ($10,000).

A full list of this year’s grant recipients is available below. The John William Pope Foundation is a family foundation that supports nonprofit public policy research, education, human services, and the arts with the goal of improving the wellbeing of North Carolinians. Since 1986, the foundation has given more than $170 million to these causes. 


Winter 2020 John William Pope Foundation Grant Recipients

Organization NameLocationAmount
ACTS of Vance CountyHenderson, NC$10,000
Alliance Medical MinistryRaleigh, NC$25,000
ArtspaceRaleigh, NC$55,000
ArtsplosureRaleigh, NC$7,500
Asheville SchoolAsheville, NC$292,500
Backstretch Employee Service Team of NYElmont, NY$5,000
Boys and Girls Club – Henderson SiteHenderson, NC$8,500
Camp CorralRaleigh, NC$15,000
Campbell University Buies Creek, NC$25,000
Carolina BalletRaleigh, NC$50,000
CASARaleigh, NC$10,000
Catholic Charities Diocese of RaleighRaleigh, NC$15,000
Children’s Home Society of North CarolinaRaleigh, NC$15,000
Community Music SchoolRaleigh, NC$12,500
CORRAL Riding AcademyCary, NC$13,500
Coweta Samaritan ClinicNewnan, GA$5,000
Daniel Center for Math & ScienceRaleigh, NC$15,000
Dix Park ConservancyRaleigh, NC$5,000
Dress for Success TriangleRaleigh, NC$15,000
Fellowship Home of RaleighRaleigh, NC$10,000
Food Bank of Central and Eastern NCRaleigh, NC$10,000
Full Gospel TabernacleLumberton, NC$25,000
Girl Scouts Coastal Pines – Vance County Raleigh, NC$5,000
Godwin Presbyterian ChurchGodwin, NC$8,800
Grayson Jockey Club Research FoundationLexington, KY$50,000
Habitat for Humanity of Wake CountyRaleigh, NC$20,000
Henderson YMCAHenderson, NC$11,000
Hope ReinsRaleigh, NC$7,500
InterActRaleigh, NC$5,000
Interfaith Prison Ministry for WomenRaleigh, NC$20,000
Jobs for LifeRaleigh, NC$10,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern NC Raleigh, NC$10,000
Kidznotes – Wake CountyDurham, NC$10,000
Lifeline Outreach, IncHenderson, NC$10,000
Loaves and Fishes MinistryRaleigh, NC$10,000
Masonic Home for Children at OxfordOxford, NC$25,000
McGregor Hall Performing Arts CenterHenderson, NC$35,000
NC Master ChoraleRaleigh, NC$10,000
NC TheatreRaleigh, NC$45,000
Neuse Christian AcademyRaleigh, NC$5,000
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption ProgramLexington, KY$15,000
North Carolina Museum of ArtRaleigh, NC$5,000
North Carolina OperaRaleigh, NC$20,000
North Carolina SymphonyRaleigh, NC$20,000
North Carolina Youth Legislative AssemblyRaleigh, NC$7,000
Occoneechee Council Boy Scouts of AmericaRaleigh, NC$10,000
Performance EdgeRaleigh, NC$5,000
Perry Memorial LibraryHenderson, NC$15,000
Preservation North CarolinaRaleigh, NC$10,000
Prevent Child Abuse North CarolinaRaleigh, NC$50,000
Raleigh CamerataRaleigh, NC$3,000
Raleigh Charter High SchoolRaleigh, NC$25,000
Raleigh Fine Arts SocietyRaleigh, NC$25,000
Raleigh Little TheatreRaleigh, NC$10,000
Raleigh Rescue MissionRaleigh, NC$20,000
RavenscroftRaleigh, NC$150,000
Reality MinistriesDurham, NC$15,000
Rebuilding Together of the TriangleMorrisville, NC$10,000
Safe Families for Children – Raleigh ChapterRaleigh, NC$15,000
SAFE Haven for CatsRaleigh, NC$7,000
SAFEchildRaleigh, NC$10,000
Salvation Army of Wake CountyRaleigh, NC$5,000
SECU Family HouseChapel Hill, NC$25,000
Shepherd’s Table Soup KitchenRaleigh, NC$5,000
StepUp MinistryRaleigh, NC$25,000
The Green Chair ProjectRaleigh, NC$25,000
Thoroughbred Charities of AmericaLexington, KY$10,000
Transitions LifeCareRaleigh, NC$15,000
TROSADurham, NC$25,000
Urban Ministries of Wake CountyRaleigh, NC$5,000
Virginia Episcopal SchoolLynchburg, VA$25,000
White Memorial Presbyterian ChurchRaleigh, NC$25,000
YMCA of the TriangleRaleigh, NC$5,000
StepUp WilmingtonWilmington, NC$100,000
TOTAL$1,683,800