The John William Pope Foundation’s philanthropic vision is rooted in improving the well-being of North Carolinians through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. To achieve this, the Foundation primarily concentrates on support to North Carolina-based non-profit organizations.  The Foundation’s giving is classified into four focus areas:

By meeting real human needs, in the short-term, through humanitarian aid, and in the long-term, through liberty-oriented organizations that foster a freer, more prosperous society, the Foundation is able to meet the needs of the whole person. When individual lives improve, society as a whole also improves.

“You’ve heard the old proverb that if you give a man a fish, you’ll feed him for a day, and if you teach him how to fish, you’ll feed him for a lifetime,” said Art Pope in a 2009 interview with writer John J. Miller. “A lot of philanthropy is about giving fish, which is very important. But these are short-term, direct measures that treat symptoms. You have to take it one step further,” said Pope.

“Teaching a man to fish presupposes that you have a right to fish and a right to keep the fish you catch. It assumes that you can take your fish to market and sell it, and use the proceeds to buy clothes for your kids. Too many philanthropists don’t even consider that in a just and functioning society, you must have individual liberty with property rights, the rule of law, and limited constitutional government.”

In keeping with its goal of providing the most good for the most number of people, the Pope Foundation’s operations are remarkably lean. Approximately 6% of the organization’s yearly budget goes to operating expenses; the rest goes directly to aiding fellow North Carolinians.

A legacy of generosity

Our specific areas of investment for the 2015-2016 fiscal year are shared below.  Our giving in FY 15-16 totals $10,069,194 — an increase of $743,119 from the previous year’s giving.

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty $5,000
America’s Future Foundation $5,000
American Enterprise Institute $75,000
American Legislative Exchange Council $15,000
American Media Institute $50,000
American Principles Project Foundation $5,000
Americans for Prosperity Foundation $215,000
Americans for Tax Reform Foundation $25,000
Atlas Network $20,000
BEST NC $30,000
Better Yes Network $25,000
Capital Research Center $50,000
Cato Institute $80,000
Center for Competitive Politics $50,000
Center for Education Reform $15,000
Center for Equal Opportunity $5,000
Civitas Institute $1,131,000
Competitive Enterprise Institute $15,000
Donors Trust $100,000
EducationNC $25,000
Employment Policies Institute $80,000
Foundation for Government Accountability $10,000
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education $40,000
Franklin Center for Public Integrity $25,000
Free to Choose Network $5,000
Generation Opportunity Institute $50,000
Heritage Foundation $10,000
Independent Institute $10,000
Independent Women’s Forum $10,000
Institute for Justice $75,000
Institute of Political Leadership $55,000
Jesse Helms Center Foundation $40,000
John Locke Foundation $2,665,000
John Peter Zenger News Foundation $12,000
Lucy Burns Institute $50,000
Mercatus Center $125,000
Moving Picture Institute $5,000
National Review Institute $25,000
National Taxpayers Union $70,000
NC Family Policy Council $100,000
NC Free Enterprise Foundation $25,000
North Carolina Leadership Forum at Duke University’s Sanford School $30,000
North Carolina State University $50,000
Pacific Legal Foundation $10,000
Pacific Research Institute $5,000
Philanthropy Daily $5,000
Philanthropy Roundtable $43,094
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy $542,800
Property and Environment Research Center $10,000
Public Interest Legal Foundation $75,000
Reason Foundation $100,000
State Policy Network $90,000
Talent Market $10,000
Tax Foundation $50,000
Washington Legal Foundation $10,000
                                                                                TOTAL $6,458,894
Adam Smith Society at Manhattan Institute $50,000
Ashbrook Center at Ashland University $10,000
Asheville School $225,000
BB&T Center for Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University $120,000
Benjamin Rush Institute $10,000
Blessed Sacrament School $10,000
Boy Scouts of America – Occoneechee Council $50,000
Carolina Liberty Foundation $10,000
Center for History of Political Economy at Duke University $175,000
Center for Public Choice and Market Process at College of Charleston $25,000
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute $25,000
Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism $50,000
Econ Journal Watch $7,500
Economic, Legal, and Political Foundations of Free Societies at North Carolina State University $85,200
Foundation for Economic Education $10,000
Fund for American Studies $25,000
G. Eugene Boyce Center of Advocacy at Campbell University School of Law $20,000
George Mason University Law & Economics Center $20,000
Institute for Humane Studies $350,000
Liberty & Law Institute $5,000
National Journalism Center at Young America’s Foundation $20,000
Network of Enlightened Women $5,000
Neuse Christian Academy $2,500
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill $50,000
Raleigh Charter High School $25,000
Ravenscroft School $25,000
Shaw University $75,000
Student Free Press Association $10,000
The Federalist Society $50,000
Virginia Episcopal School $125,000
                                                                                  TOTAL $1,670,200
ACTS of Vance County $10,500
Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education $1,000
Alliance Medical Ministry $20,000
Backstretch Employed Services Team $5,000
Camp Corral $10,000
CASA-Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes $5,000
Children’s Hope Alliance $10,000
CORRAL Riding Academy $5,000
Disabilities Education Support Center $4,000
Dress for Success Triangle NC $10,000
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina $10,000
Full Gospel Tabernacle Church $25,000
Girl Scouts of America-Vance County $5,000
Godwin Presbyterian Church $5,000
H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library $15,000
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County $20,000
Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program $5,000
Henderson Performing Arts Center $50,000
Henderson YMCA $5,000
Hope Center at Pullen $5,000
Hope Reins $10,000
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle $10,000
Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women $10,000
Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina $10,000
Lifeline Outreach $10,100
Lucy Daniels Center $5,000
NC Youth Legislative Assembly Administration $5,000
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina $50,000
Raleigh Rescue Mission $10,000
Safe Haven for Cats $6,000
Safelight $100,000
Salvation Army of Raleigh $10,000
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals $30,000
Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen $10,000
StepUp Ministry $50,000
The Green Chair Project $10,000
Thoroughbred Charities of America $10,000
Transitions LifeCare $10,000
Triangle Special Hockey Association $5,000
TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) $10,000
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center $400,000
United Way of Vance County $15,000
Urban Ministries of Wake County $10,000
Vance County Animal Shelter $1,000
Vance County Historical Society $15,000
Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina $30,000
Wake County 4-H $10,000
White Memorial Prebyterian Church $250,000
YMCA of the Triangle Area $5,000
                                                                                  TOTAL $1,332,600
Artspace $5,000
Carolina Ballet $25,000
Community Music School $5,000
Executive Mansion Fund $10,000
Fayetteville Symphony $100,000
Kidznotes $10,000
NC Theatre $50,000
North Carolina Museum of Art $250,000
North Carolina Opera Company $15,000
Performance Edge $5,000
Raleigh Camerata $2,500
Raleigh Fine Arts Society $100,000
Raleigh Little Theatre $5,000
The North Carolina Symphony $25,000
                                                                              TOTAL $607,500