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...

Vance County Animal Shelter to host event for veterans, dogs

November 1, 2017

This Saturday, November, 4, 2017, Vance County Animal Shelter will hold a special event to connect veterans and shelter dogs.  Shelter volunteer Mark Ferri is organizing the event to give veterans an opportunity to connect with dogs in need.  Dogs have demonstrated therapeutic benefit, and Ferri wants to help those who might be suffering with the invisible war wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The Pope Foundation is supported by the Pope Family, owners and operators of the Henderson, N.C.-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc.  Because of the company's longstanding relationship in Vance County, the Foundation makes grants to support a number of organizations in that county.  Among the nonprofits the Pope Foundation supports is the Vance County Animal Shelter. A newspaper article about the event was published in The Henderson Dispatch and is printed below. Walk seeks to bring veterans, shelter dogs together By Miles Bates MBATES@HENDERSONDISPATCH.COM | November 1, 2017...

Statement regarding Carolina Plott Hound posts

September 15, 2017

Earlier this week, Carolina Plott Hound (an online Drudge Report-style news aggregator owned by Civitas Institute), linked to an offensive post authored by the Triad Conservative blog.  The Triad Conservative blog post suggested that North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein joined two national lawsuits against the Trump administration (one challenging the so-called ‘travel ban’ and another challenging the DACA repeal) because he was motivated by his ethnicity and religious faith – Judaism.  The post goes on to further suggest “those within [Stein’s] own ethnic group want the Christian majority with roots in western countries to be numerically diluted.” Because the John William Pope Foundation makes grants to Civitas, we felt compelled to make a statement about the offensive linked post.  Though we have no affiliation with the individual(s) who author Triad Conservative, the Pope Foundation staff and board vehemently reject such a contemptible conspiracy theory. ...

Save the Date: 2017 Raleigh Children’s Business Fair on October 7

August 17, 2017

Categories: Uncategorized

The Pope Foundation will bring the Raleigh Children's Business Fair back to North Hills shopping center on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Community members are invited to attend and shop with over 40+ youth-run businesses at The Commons at North Hills (circle drive in front of Chick-fil-A). The fair was first held last year and is a part of the national Children's Business Fair network.  The event invites local children to apply for a tent space where they can showcase and sell their original products and ideas.  The fair provides a safe and family-friendly learning environment where children ages 6-14 experience the thrill of entrepreneurship firsthand.  The fair also has an element of competition as local community leaders serve as judges to award small cash prizes in two age groups. More details will follow, but please save the date and visit the event on Facebook.    ...

Network of enlightened Women’s Annual Conference Featured in ‘Glamour’ Magazine

Categories: In The News

Recently, a Pope Foundation grantee, the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), grabbed attention online when a review of one of their annual conferences appeared on the pages of Glamour magazine.  Why was the article surprising to some?  NeW is a educational nonprofit that is providing space for young women to explore conservative ideas while in college.  The writer who attended the NeW conference was a self-described liberal woman who cried when Hilary Clinton lost the presidential election last year.  In our age of hyper-partisan politics, it's easy to imagine that both parties might have left the conference angry or indignant.  Instead, it seems a civil conversation and a refreshing perspective on feminism resulted.  The article below, by writer Samantha Leach, appeared online earlier this month. Conservative Millennial Women Are Here For Female Empowerment—Just Don't Call Them Feminists BY SAMANTHA LEACH | AUGUST 4, 2017 | Glamour  Recently I spent two days at the hub...

Left-Right Collaboration in a Hyper-partisan Age

July 14, 2017

Philanthropists today can play a crucial role in ­reducing the divisive acrimony of our hyper-partisan age. Here are some examples where funders from across the philosophical spectrum are working together:...