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...

Pope Foundation’s David Stover Joins TFAS Board of Directors

February 23, 2018

This week, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) announced that David Stover was recently named to their board of directors.  Stover has been a longtime friend of the Pope Foundation and has served on the Foundation's board for over 10 years.  Based in Washington, D.C., TFAS has been providing critical training to young leaders since 1967.  Their stated mission is to teach "principles of limited government, free-market economics and honorable leadership to students and young professionals in America and around the world."  The release announcing Stover's TFAS appointment is below. FEBRUARY 22, 2018 TFAS Welcomes Dedicated Alumni to Board of Trustees The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the election of TFAS alumni John Lee (ICPES 85) and David M. Stover (ICPES 77) to its Board of Trustees. “The addition of David Stover and John Lee to the TFAS Board of Trustees adds two people with a keen understanding of our programs and deep commitment to our...

Volunteering For Public Good: A Column From John Hood

February 21, 2018

By: John Hood |President of the John William Pope Foundation February 21, 2018 RALEIGH — In this politically polarized moment in our history, what unites us? Surely one value nearly all of us have in common is a belief in the importance and power of donating our time, expertise, and dollars to worthy organizations and causes that serve our communities. North Carolina has a long tradition of charitable giving and volunteering. When measured as shares of household income, North Carolinians give to charity at a rate significantly above the national average — and Americans, in turn, are among the most generous people on the planet. Charitable giving accounts for just over 2 percent of the gross domestic product in the U.S., compared with 1.2 percent in Canada, .8 percent in Britain, .3 in France, .2 percent in Japan, and .1 percent in Germany. Why is there such a gigantic disparity? Most scholars of philanthropy would attribute our relative generosity to distinctive public...

2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant Recipients Announced

January 31, 2018

Stokes County Arts Council awarded Grant in the arts and Haywood Pathways Center awarded grant in human services   RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants in the Arts and Human Services. The recipients of the one-time, $100,000 grants are Stokes County Arts Council in Danbury, North Carolina and Haywood Pathways Center in Waynesville, North Carolina. [caption id="attachment_4767" align="alignleft" width="300"] Arts Place of Stokes, the headquarters for Stokes County Arts Council, will complete phase two of internal construction with the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant. Photo Credit: Stokes Arts.[/caption] Stokes County Arts Council will use the 2018 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts to complete phase two construction of The Arts Place of Stokes. Opened in 2017, The Arts Place is a multi-purpose community arts facility. Along with additional funding already received, Stokes Arts will use...

Pope Foundation awards $2.21 million in grants

December 11, 2017

TRIANGLE REGION NONPROFITS RECEIVE BULK OF FUNDING   RALEIGH N.C. – During a November meeting of its board of directors, The John William Pope Foundation awarded $2.21 million in grants to human service, animal, arts, and education nonprofit organizations.  Of that total, $1.43 million went to 58 nonprofits in the greater Triangle region. Most groups had received support from the Pope Foundation in previous years, including several nonprofits in Vance County.  However, new to the Pope Foundation's giving list were Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina, Catholic Charities, InterAct, North Carolina Master Chorale, Reality Ministries, Safe Families for Children Alliance, and Triangle Literacy Council. Also included in the Pope Foundation’s November giving was a $200,000, two-year grant to SECU Family House in Chapel Hill for their $8 million building campaign.  SECU Family House provides safe, affordable housing for patients who travel to UNC...