News & Updates

Pope Offers Thoughts on UNC System on TWC’s Capital Tonight

  January 22 — On Time Warner Cable News this week, Art Pope sat down with Capital Tonight host Tim Boyum to discuss the future of the university system in North Carolina. The episode which aired on January 20, is online in its entirety.  Move…


Pope Exposed: News & Observer Columnist Covers ‘The Giving Side of Art Pope’

On December 23, 2014,  News & Observer columnist Barry Saunders wrote about Art Pope, the philanthropist, and his work with the Pope Foundation.  The column appears below and can be read online at: Saunders: The giving side of Art Pope BY BARRY SAUNDERS Ah, man….


Art Pope Responds to False Indy Week Piece

In a December 17, 2014, Indy Week news article, author Sam DeGrave published several false facts, generating inaccurate assumptions about Art Pope and the John William Pope Foundation’s involvement with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in North Carolina.  To read the original Indy…


About Art

James Arthur “Art” Pope (born May 5, 1956) is an American businessman, public servant, and philanthropist. He is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a company that operates over 350 retail stores in 15 states and employs approximately 7,000 people. Pope served four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives, from 1989 to 1992 and 1999 to 2002. He is also chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, a philanthropic foundation named after his father.

Philanthropy News

Pope Foundation Makes $185,000 in Humanitarian Grants to Counter Effects of Government Shutdown

To mitigate the effects of the federal government shutdown that spanned the first half of October, the John William Pope Foundation has announced $185,000 in grants to humanitarian charities in central, eastern, and western North Carolina. “The Pope Foundation is always honored to help these vital humanitarian…

Bringing Freedom to the Murder Capital of the World

The Pope Foundation’s new Achiever Spotlight tells the story of Guillermo Peña Panting, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, widely considered the most dangerous place on Earth outside of a war zone: What would convince a talented, promising young man to forsake a life of ease…

Promoting the Legacy of ‘Senator No’

The Pope Foundation’s new Grantee Profile focuses on the Jesse Helms Center: No compendium of influential conservatives from the 20th century is complete without “Senator No” — Jesse Helms. First elected in 1972 to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, Helms was a mainstay of the…