Pope Foundation awards $2.21 million in grants

December 11, 2017



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 Hospitals for outpatient care.  The building campaign will add 35 guest rooms.

Additionally in September, the Pope Foundation granted $65,000 in direct relief support to areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.  Those grant recipients included the Salvation Army in Texas and Puerto Rico and Texas food banks in Houston, Corpus Christi and Beaumont.  In 2016, the Pope Foundation made similar direct relief grants to North Carolina nonprofits in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  A list of September and November grants and recipients is below.

Founded in 1986 and located in Raleigh, the Pope Foundation makes grants to advance individual freedom, personal responsibility and encourage opportunity for all North Carolinians. The Pope Foundation’s lifetime giving totals more than $145 million directed to over 400 nonprofits.  The Pope Foundation receives its support from the Pope family, owner and operator of the Henderson-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc.


Pope Foundation Grants Fall 2017: Human Service, Animals, Arts, Schools and Hurricane Relief 

Human Service and Animals (November 2017)           

ACTS of Vance County [Henderson, NC] – $10,000

Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Alliance Medical Ministry [Raleigh, NC] – $20,000

Backstretch Employed Services Team [Elmont, NY] – $5,000

Boy Scouts Occoneechee Council [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Boys and Girls Club of North Central North Carolina [Vance County] – $5,000

Camp Corral [Raleigh, NC] – $15,000

CASA [Raleigh, NC] -$5,000

Catholic Charities – Support Circles Program [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

CORRAL Riding Academy [Cary, NC] – $11,000

Daniel Center for Math and Science [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Dix Park Conservancy [Raleigh, NC] $5,000

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina [Raleigh, NC] $15,000

Full Gospel Tabernacle Church [Lumberton, NC] – $25,000

Girl Scouts Coastal Pines -Vance County activities [Vance County] – $5,000

Godwin Presbyterian Church [Godwin, NC] – $5,000

Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation [Lexington, KY] – $50,000

Green Chair Project [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County [Raleigh, NC] -$25,000

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Henderson Family YMCA [Henderson, NC] – $5,000

Hope Reins [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

InterAct – Personal & Economic Empowerment Program [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Life Line Outreach [Henderson, NC] – $10,000

Lucy Daniels Center [Cary, NC] – $5,000

Embassy Foundation – MacGregor Hall [Henderson, NC] – $35,000

Perry Memorial Library [Henderson, NC] – $15,000

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina [Statewide/Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Raleigh Rescue Mission [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Reality Ministries [Durham, NC] – $10,000

Safe Families for Children Alliance-Wake County Chapter [Wake County] – $10,000

Safe Haven for Cats [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals [Chapel Hill, NC] – $232,500

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Stand Together [Washington, D.C.] – $25,000

StepUp Ministry [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Thoroughbred Charities of America [Lexington, KY] – $10,000

Transitions LifeCare [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Triangle Literacy Council – Juvenile Literacy Program in Vance County [Vance County] – $5,000

TROSA [Durham, NC] – $25,000

Urban Ministries of Wake County [Raleigh, NC] – $10,000

Vance County Historical Society [Henderson, NC] – $5,000

White Memorial Presbyterian Church [Raleigh, NC] – $300,000

YMCA of the Triangle Area [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Youth Legislative Assembly – Spring Assembly [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000



Arts (November 2017)                         

Artspace [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Artsplosure [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Carolina Ballet [Raleigh, NC] – $50,000

Community Music School [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Kidznotes [Raleigh/Durham, NC] – $10,000

NC Master Chorale [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

NC Opera Company [Raleigh, NC] – $15,000

North Carolina Symphony [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

North Carolina Theatre [Raleigh, NC] – $50,000

Performance Edge [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Raleigh Camerata [Raleigh, NC] – $2,500

Raleigh Fine Arts Society [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Raleigh Little Theatre [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

ARTS TOTAL: $ 207,500


Schools (November 2017)                         

Asheville School [Asheville, NC] – $542,500

Center for Public Choice and Market Process at the College of Charleston [Charleston, SC] – $25,000

Neuse Christian Academy [Raleigh, NC] – $5,000

Raleigh Charter High School [Raleigh, NC] – $25,000

Ravenscroft School [Raleigh, NC] – $150,000

Virginia Episcopal School [Lynchburg, VA] – $125,000



Hurricane Relief (September 2017)

Food Bank of Corpus Christi [Corpus Christi, TX] – $5,000

Houston Food Bank [Houston, TX] – $10,000

Salvation Army Southern Territory for Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico and USVI] – $25,000

Salvation Army of Texas for Hurricane Harvey [Houston, TX] – $20,000

Southeast Texas Food Bank [Beaumont, TX] – $5,000



All grants listed: $2,278,500

September grants: $65,000

November grants: $2,213,500

Grants focused on the greater Triangle region: $1,431,000