Generosity is foundational to a free society. But the work to maintain free societies is not done by the giver.

The real work of the John William Pope Foundation is done in the offices and communities where our nonprofit partners work. Some of them research and teach, while others counsel and coach. Through our grantmaking process, we are consistently learning and growing from these partners. Below, you will find some of their exceptional stories.

Your Stories

Grantee Profile

Horizons Program at UNC Chapel Hill

Dr. John Thorp had a vision. After attending East Carolina University medical school and completing his residency at UNC-Chapel Hill,...


UNC Athletics: Track & Field

As the first publicly chartered university in America, UNC-Chapel Hill has become a nationally recognized institution for its excellence in...

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James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Improving Higher Education in North Carolina and Beyond With North Carolina’s population hovering around 10 million, it’s easy to understand...

Public Policy

Katherine Restrepo: Bringing a Fresh Perspective to Health Care Policy

The daughter of a doctor and a nurse, Pennsylvania native Katherine Restrepo always felt connected to the health care field....

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CASA (Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes)

Addressing Homelessness for a Vulnerable Population A simple mission For Bernard, CASA has changed the course of his life. When...

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North Carolina Museum of Art

A Premier Collection in the Heart of North Carolina With unique exhibits and affordable access, the North Carolina Museum of Art is...

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CORRAL Riding Academy

Helping Hurting Girls Heal and Transform with Rescued Horses At a small horse farm on Kildaire Road in Cary, North Carolina, transformational...

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Grantee Profile: UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Fighting Cancer in the Heart of Carolina Cancer touches millions of lives each year, young and old, and can test...

Philanthropy Updates

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

In 2014, the John William Pope Foundation was honored to give $1.3 million to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, one...

Public Policy

Jon Sanders: The Witty Deregulator

If nothing else, English majors have one trait in common: They use fancy words that few others can define. In...

Grantee Profile

The Property and Environment Research Center

PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center, is the home of free market environmentalism. PERC was founded in 1980 by...


Born Under Communism, Simon Bilo Now Teaches Others About Free Economies

“For the first six years of my life, I was under a communist regime.” That’s how Simon Bilo describes his...


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