ABC of NC and University of Mount Olive Named 2019 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Recipients

February 19, 2019

Life skills clinic and a black box theatre will connect two communities to opportunity February 19, 2019 Raleigh, NC -- The John William Pope Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of a statewide competitive grant program. ABC of NC, a Winston-Salem autism spectrum disorder (ASD) services provider, and The University of Mount Olive, a private liberal arts institution in eastern North Carolina, have each received a $100,000 grant through the annual Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in Arts and Human Services. ABC of NC will use the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services to support a groundbreaking life skills center in their new SECU Autism Clinic.  The Joy W. Pope Life Skills Center will feature job skill training labs; a coffee café; and a mock grocery store, doctor’s office, dentist’s office, hair salon and apartment/hotel room. The Center will be available to ASD clients ages 16 months to 21 years for realistic skill building, opening windows of...

John William Pope Foundation Grants $3.49 Million in Fall 2018

December 14, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. – This fall, the John William Pope Foundation issued grants totaling $3.49 million.  Among the grants issued were $987,250 to 70 nonprofits doing work in human services and the arts and $200,000 for the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Program. Nonprofits who received grants included those working in addiction treatment, hunger relief, affordable housing, prison ministry, youth development programs, employment and life skills training, and art performance and education, among others. Another $2.2 million was given to UNC-Chapel Hill, SECU Family House, Asheville School, Virginia Episcopal School, and Ravenscroft to meet previous pledges made.  Earlier in the year, the foundation granted $105,000 to statewide hurricane recovery efforts. A full list of grants made by the Pope Foundation this fall is below. The two winners of the 2019 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant will be named in February 2019 and this list will be updated to reflect the announcement when it occurs. ...

Carolina Journal reporter Kari Travis receives prestigious journalism fellowship

May 9, 2018

Travis is one of eight named 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship winners March 27, 2018 | From Carolina Journal online RALEIGH — Carolina Journal Associate Editor Kari Travis has been named a recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. The program, which is affiliated with The Fund for American Studies, awards grants to fund a major, year-long investigative journalism project. Travis will divide time reporting for CJ and working on her Novak Fellowship project. Travis’s investigation, Not for Sale: Liberty, Responsibility, and the Role of Conservatism in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, will focus on the problem of domestic sex trafficking, seeking data-based policy recommendations lawmakers could implement to combat this modern form of slavery. The six-part series will span several key questions: How can we measure the severity and impact of human trafficking better when data is so hard to collect? What is the role of government,...

Why we’re giving $10 million to UNC-Chapel Hill

April 27, 2018

By Art Pope | April 23, 2018 | News & Observer Opinion Editorial [caption id="attachment_4242" align="alignright" width="214"] Art Pope, Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation[/caption] The people of North Carolina invested early in public education. In 1789, University of North Carolina was the country’s first publicly chartered university (sorry, Virginia). Our state constitution further states that the benefits of higher education should “as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.” Today, UNC-Chapel Hill has the lowest tuition among America’s top public research universities, at about $9,000. But the actual cost of education is far higher. To make up the difference at Chapel Hill and other UNC campuses, North Carolina taxpayers are generous — appropriating nearly $10,000 per student, ranking the state fifth in the country. Still, appropriations and tuition aren’t enough to produce excellence. Great public...

Pope Foundation Makes $10 Million Commitment to UNC-Chapel Hill

April 23, 2018

Gift will support academics, research and athletics [caption id="attachment_4794" align="alignright" width="300"] UNC-CH Vice Chancellor David Routh, Joyce L. Pope, Art Pope, and UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt at today's announcement.[/caption] RALEIGH, N.C. – During a presentation today at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the John William Pope Foundation announced a $10 million commitment to the ‘Campaign for Carolina.’ The gift will be split among four programs: $5 million for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to fund post-doctoral fellowships for cancer researchers; $3.75 million for the Philosophy, Politics & Economics Program in the College of Arts and Sciences to expand professorships and fund additional guest speakers; $1 million to the athletics department to fund scholarships for track-and-field athletes; and $250,000 to UNC Horizons Program to fund a three-year study on effectiveness of its innovative treatment program for substance disorders...

Measuring the Impact of Ideas: Thoughts from Arthur Brooks in Harvard Business Review

March 6, 2018

AEI’s President on Measuring the Impact of Ideas Harvard Business Review | FROM THE MARCH–APRIL 2018 ISSUE By: Arthur Brooks In the summer of 2008 I was happily working as a professor at Syracuse University when I received an unexpected phone call. For the previous year the American Enterprise Institute—one of the oldest and best-known think tanks in the country, where I had a part-time affiliation—had been searching for a new president. Was I willing to be considered for the job? The think-tank industry is very small, so it has no established pipeline for leadership. Boards are never exactly sure what type of people should lead these organizations, and executive searches frequently prove challenging. I happen to know I wasn’t the first choice—or the second or third. For years I’d taught and written about fundraising and managing nonprofits, but I’d never actually practiced either. I’m convinced that the last thing AEI’s directors said before offering me...

North State Journal: ‘Boy Scouts making an impact on the old North State’

March 1, 2018

In what is becoming an annual tradition, N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby presented the '2018 Boy Scouts Report to the State' at the N.C. Supreme Court. The Pope Foundation was invited to take attend the event as a supporter. The John William Pope Foundation began supporting the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council at the urging of founder and namesake John William Pope.  Today, the Foundation supports the council and provides funding for the John Pope Eagle Scout Scholarship program. To date, over 60 young men have received generous scholarships of $20,000 to help fulfill their education goals. The article below appeared in the North State Journal after Justice Newby's presentation to the state. Boy Scouts across N.C. gathered on Friday at the N.C. Supreme Court building for a special presentation. North State Journal | February 21, 2018 By: Clay Abernathy RALEIGH — While the N.C. Supreme Court is the appropriate forum for policy arguments to be made, a...