Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Awarded 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts

March 3, 2017

Courtyard of the Cherokee Project will combine local artisans and cultural elements for an outdoor experience   [caption id="attachment_4639" align="alignright" width="300"] Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is housed in a rock schoolhouse built in 1926 and nestled on 10 acres of land in Graham County, North Carolina. Photo: Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.[/caption] RALEIGH, N.C. – The John William Pope Foundation awarded the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County.  The Stecoah Center received a $100,000 grant for its Courtyard of the Cherokee Project, an outdoor art installation that will highlight the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ (EBCI) contributions to the Stecoah community.  It’s a part of an innovative long-term plan to enhance the Center’s ten-acre property. “We are extremely excited and humbled to be selected to receive the Joy W. Pope Grant in the Arts,” said the Center’s...

Wesley Shelter of Wilson Awarded 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

February 23, 2017

Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of the 2017 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. Wesley Shelter in Wilson, N.C. received a $100,000 grant for capital improvements to their shelter housing facility. The change will allow Wesley Shelter to accommodate additional clients and will relocate existing office space to enhance space efficiency. ...

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 https://jwpf.org/apply/.   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 www.jwpf.org 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...

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair Makes Local Headlines

September 12, 2016

Children become own bosses, peddling their wares for profit BY MANDY LOCKE mlocke@newsobserver.com September 10, 2016 Nine-year-old Lauryn Hill knows a thing or two about fashion. Mix and match, buy versatile garments, embrace color. She’s even been blogging about fashion for a year. On Saturday, Lauryn had the chance to merge her passion and sensibilities with commerce. The result: $2 flip-flops decorated with pompoms and tassels. Lauryn was one of about 40 Triangle youth who tried their hands at running a small business over the weekend. They gathered in North Hills Mall Commons to do one of the most American endeavors: selling their products for profits. They peddled everything from brownies to bracelets, bubblegum machines to bedazzled barrettes. All with this hope: walking away with more money than they spent. “I’ve been hoping to open up a savings account,” said Lauryn. “Maybe I’ll make enough today to make that happen.” The fair’s concept...

Institute of Political Leadership introduces ‘Hometown Debates’

August 23, 2016

Debates will inform voters about down-ballot races In his August 4th column, Pope Foundation President John Hood discussed the upcoming 'Hometown Debate' series sponsored by the Institute for Political Leadership (Hood is a board member). Read the column below: Debates will inform voters August 4, 2016 | John M. Hood RALEIGH — North Carolina is urbanizing — that much is certain. You can chart it in the economic data about population, income, and job creation. You can see it in the cranes that rise into the skylines of our largest cities. You can hear it as you travel the state and talk to people. Fewer have the distinctive accents of small-town and rural North Carolina. But to say our state is “urbanizing” is not to say that it is “urban,” or anything remotely approaching it. Most of us still live in suburbs, small communities, and rural areas. If North Carolina candidates fail to understand that as they plan their campaigns, they will likely fail by Election Day....

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 www.raleighcbf.org.[/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...