One of the oldest sayings about charity captures the guiding philosophy of the John William Pope Foundation in our humanitarian work: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

To help cultivate an environment of opportunity, the Pope Foundation makes grants to nonprofits addressing immediate needs (like hunger, health, housing, etc.) and nonprofits that focus on longterm skill development and generational quality of life improvement (jobs training, substance abuse prevention, behavioral intervention, etc.).

The Pope Foundation believes that private initiative — not government intervention or welfare — is the key to addressing the root causes of social issues like poverty, hunger, substance abuse, incarceration rates, child abuse, and more.  Ultimately, restoring individuals and families in crisis ensures that future generations have the opportunity to prosper, economically and personally.  To that end, the Foundation has donated millions to humanitarian causes since our founding in 1986, primarily in Wake County and adjacent regions.

Principles

Four key principles guide the Foundation in our humanitarian work:

  • Private institutions, not the government, should be the first responders in creating an economic and cultural safety net to meet individuals’ needs.
  • Improving the civic and economic welfare of individuals is the obligation and privilege of other individuals operating in a free society.
  • Families, churches, and neighborhoods are the pillars of our democracy. Supporting these institutions strengthens the ties that bind these United States.
  • A strong work ethic, sense of personal responsibility, and emphasis on virtue are indispensable underpinnings of the American experiment.

The organizations that receive grants from the Pope Foundation in the humanitarian area must reflect these core values.

Investments

The Foundation invests in dozens of organizations and ministries that help people become self-sustaining, self-reliant individuals. Gifts to humanitarian and ministry causes have totaled over $8 million during the last 25 years. Examples of the organizations that we support include:

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