In June 2011, N.C. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger appointed Art Pope, President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, to serve on the Board of Directors for Golden LEAF (Long-term Economic Advancement Foundation). Golden LEAF, headquartered in Rocky Mount, makes annual grants to spur economic development in tobacco-dependent areas of North Carolina.
For the 2011-2012 budget year, the Foundation will make $48.2 million in community-assistance, education, and health-care grants.
Art has brought a wealth of business and philanthropic experience to the Golden LEAF Board. In addition to his service at the Pope Foundation, Art currently is CEO and Chairman of the Board for Variety Wholesalers Inc. Art’s past experience in the North Carolina General Assembly has given him added insight into the decisions faced by Golden LEAF.
Art serves on the Board with 14 other North Carolinians who represent a variety of industries and business sectors.