Leaders try to find common ground in North Carolina

March 9, 2016

From the News & Observer BY ROB CHRISTENSEN It was a simple idea, but a surprising one in this age of political polarization, which now includes innuendo about one’s manhood. Why not get North Carolinians of all political stripes together to have conversations, to better understand one another’s point of view, and see whether there is any common ground about how to make life better in the state? The result was the first of a series of meetings last week at Duke University involving conservatives such as Raleigh businessman Art Pope, former state GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and former gubernatorial candidate Chuck Neely, and liberals such as MaryBe McMillan of the state AFL-CIO, former Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and former state Rep. Rick Glazier, head of the North Carolina Justice Center. It all started when John Hood, president of the conservative John Pope Foundation, wrote a column about a year ago about how liberals and conservatives rarely talk...

Dandelion Eatery Awarded $100,000 Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services

March 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. -- At a press conference in Hendersonville, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in Human Services. The Dandelion Eatery, a project of Safelight Family Services (formerly Mainstay Women’s Shelter) received a one-time gift of $100,000 to expand its commercial teaching kitchen. Opened in 2013, Dandelion Eatery provides jobs training for domestic violence victims while operating as a restaurant open to the public. [caption id="attachment_4493" align="alignleft" width="225"] Dandelion is located in Hendersonville, N.C. and is open M-F, 10 am - 3 pm.[/caption] “Ultimately, we were highly impressed with the innovative nature of the Dandelion Eatery project,” said Foundation Vice President Joyce Pope. “They saw a way to break the cycle of abuse by empowering their clients to be self-sufficient, and that goal has positive lifelong effects for individuals, families, and...

Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism to Host Alan Charles Kors

February 17, 2016

The Clemson University Institute for the Study of Capitalism will host notable professor Alan Charles Kors for the spring John W. Pope Lecture entitled 'The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses.'  The event will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.  The lecture is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to pre-register (event details here). Kors is a notable professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-founder of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).  He was a 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Medalist, recognized for his work as a distinguished historian of the Enlightenment. This lecture series is, in part, supported by a grant from the John William Pope Foundation.            ...

NC State February Lecture to Feature Weekly Standard Editor

February 16, 2016

The John W. Pope Lecture Series at NC State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences will feature Weekly Standard senior editor Christopher Caldwell on Monday, February, 29, 2016, at 7:30 pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be held in Poe Hall, Room 216 on the NC State campus. Caldwell is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West.  His presentation.  He is also a columnist for the Financial Times. The annual John W. Pope Lecture Series at NC State is made possibly by a grant from the Pope Foundation.        ...

United Arts Council recognizes Pope Foundation during annual State of the Arts and Culture

January 27, 2016

  RALEIGH, N.C. – During the annual State of the Arts and Culture presentations on January 13, the United Arts Council of Wake County recognized the John William Pope Foundation as the Individual/Foundation Winner of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Award. Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope was on hand to accept the award during the presentation at the North Carolina Museum of Art. [caption id="attachment_4539" align="alignright" width="300"] Pope Foundation and NC Theatre staff and board members at the 2016 United Arts Council of Wake County Support of the Arts Awards.[/caption] Lisa Grele Berrie, President and CEO at NC Theatre, nominated the foundation for the award.  Additional recipients of the 2016 Business Support of the Arts Awards included Golden Corral (Large Business Winner), Jerry’s Artarama (Small Business Winner), and educator Marshall Butler (Sanderson High School Choral Director). The Raleigh-based Pope Foundation works to improve the well...

The arts teach critical lessons | A commentary by John Hood

January 13, 2016

By John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation This commentary appeared in the Fayetteville Observer on January 13, 2016  Why should young people study the arts? It's not because a large number of them will grow up to become professional dancers, singers, musicians, sculptors, or painters. Such outcomes are rare. Even most of those who go on to spend much of their adult lives performing or producing art do so as an avocation or part-time endeavor. It's not how they pay their bills or support their families. In this, however, the arts are hardly distinctive. Most kids who play sports never make the pros. Most young tinkerers never become famous inventors. Most young entrepreneurs who start their own enterprises never become millionaires. [caption id="attachment_4458" align="alignright" width="300"] John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation[/caption] We expose young people to a varied diet of lessons and experiences to build their character, their confidence, and their...

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Wins First Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts

January 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the John William Pope Foundation announced the winner of its first statewide competitive grant, the Joy Pope Memorial Grant in the Arts. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will receive $100,000 for a youth orchestra instrument lending library. The grant is a one-time award. The Pope Foundation received 28 applications for the Memorial Arts Grant, representing communities from across the state. [caption id="attachment_4450" align="alignright" width="300"] Left to Right: John Hood (Foundation President), Joseph Vonnegut (Symphony Chairman), Christine Kastner (Symphony President/CEO), and Art Pope (Foundation Chairman).[/caption] “The project submitted by the Fayetteville Symphony was unique and an excellent use of one-time funds,” said John Hood, president of the Pope Foundation. “We hope this new initiative by the symphony will inspire other arts organizations as they work to find innovative ways to serve their communities.” The symphony’s...