2020 Joy W. Pope Memorial Grants Accepting Applications Starting June 15

June 10, 2019

Program will award $200,000 to two nonprofits in early 2020 From June 15 – September 15, 2019, the John William Pope Foundation will accept applications for both the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts and the Joy W. Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. Established in 2015, the program awards a $100,000 one-time grant for innovative projects in each category.  Eligible applicants are nonprofits based in North Carolina serving residents in-state. Selected recipients will be granted the funds in January 2020. Applicants are limited to one project-specific proposal and details about the types of projects supported are on the grant’s webpage.  For more information and a link to the online application visit jwpf.org/grants/joy-pope-memorial-grants.   The John William Pope Foundation is a private family grantmaker supporting nonprofit public policy research, education, human services, and the arts with the goal to improve the wellbeing of North Carolinians. The...

Pope Foundation welcomes newest John Blundell Fellow Branson Inscore

July 12, 2019

In May, the John William Pope Foundation welcomed 2019-2020 John Blundell Fellow Branson Inscore to our staff.  A recent college graduate and native of Iredell County, Inscore will be with us for one year working as a program assistant, exploring options for future employment or graduate study, and completing a special project. The John Blundell Fellowship was established in 2015 for recent graduates that have an interest in advancing freedom and pursuing a career in public policy, academia, journalism, philanthropy, or public service. Previous fellows have gone on to pursue additional education, work in state government, and work in philanthropy. We asked Inscore to share more about himself in a brief Q&A.    Q: Where did you attend college? “After much deliberation, I first enrolled at Mitchell Community College, in Statesville, NC. Even with scholarship money, it was going to be much more affordable for me to attend community college, so that’s where I...

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...