Pope Foundation, N.C. Free-Market Groups Honored With Network Award

October 2, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. OCT. 2, 2013 — State Policy Network, a national group that strengthens free-market think tanks in the states, has honored the John William Pope Foundation and other liberty-oriented groups in North Carolina with the second annual Network Award.

The Network Award is designed to acknowledge the valuable free-enterprise contributions of state-based groups. David Stover, Board Member of the Pope Foundation and the John Locke Foundation, accepted the award on Sept. 26 at SPN’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City.



“Nationwide, our liberties are being tested every day, but it’s at the state level that we are seeing a resurgent spirit and steadfast resolve to protect our precious freedoms,” Stover said. “North Carolina is a great example of state think tanks providing innovative public policy leadership and direction.”

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Representatives from five North Carolina think tanks joined Stover on stage to accept the honor: The John Locke Foundation, the John William Pope Civitas Institute, the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, and the N.C. Education Alliance.

Tony Woodlief, SPN’s Executive Vice President, presented the Network Award to Stover.

“North Carolina reinforces the lessons we’ve seen in Wisconsin and Michigan over the years: Important reforms are possible when principled leaders and investors apply their many talents in cooperation,” Woodlief said.

For more information or interviews, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or press@jwpf.org.


The John William Pope Foundation, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million, primarily to charities and organizations in North Carolina.

The Foundation is a private family foundation supported by the late John William Pope Sr. and his wife, Joyce W. Pope, and their children: their late son, John William Pope Jr.; Amanda Pope; and Art Pope.

The Pope Foundation receives additional support from the family’s business, Variety Wholesalers Inc., which owns and operates Roses, Maxway, Super 10, and other discount stores, and has its offices and distribution centers in Raleigh and Henderson, North Carolina.