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Belks, Close families back big new Charlotte investment group

Art Pope is named a board member for New Republic Partners, which is a Charlotte-based investment management and wealth advisory business with backing from the Belk, Close and Bowles families. Business North Carolina, By David Mildenberg, February 16, 2021 Veteran N.C. banker Ralph Strayhorn and money…

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Foundation supports foster parent training

The Triangle Business Journal highlighted the John William Pope Foundation’s $10,000 grant to help the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina provide foster parent training in Wake County. Triangle Business Journal, Philanthropy & Nonprofits, January 21, 2021  The John William Pope Foundation awarded a…

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Right-leaning think tanks John Locke Foundation, Civitas Institute merging

Published by The Salisbury Post – Monday, December 11, 2020 Two think tanks — both nurtured and sustained financially over the years by the family of longtime conservative political donor Art Pope — are merging. The John Locke Foundation and Civitas Institute announced on Thursday…

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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

Bladen County project gets Pope Foundation support

RALEIGH – The John William Pope Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 grant to the White Oak School gymnasium revitalization project in Elizabethtown. “Buildings like the White Oak gymnasium are the backbone of many small communities,” said Art Pope, chairman of the John…

Pope Clinical Awards announced for UNC Lineberger physician-researchers

Kemi Doll, MD, Aaron Falchook, MD, and Benjamin Vincent, MD, were honored as the recipients of the 2015 Pope Clinical Fellows Awards.  Three physician-scientists in training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been honored for excellence in cancer-related research and in…

Raleigh Save-A-Lot opening brings awareness to local non-profits

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Variety Wholesalers CEO Art Pope, joined Variety Wholesalers President Wilson Sawyer to officially open the doors to their newest store venture, a Save-A-Lot grocery store at 1610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Raleigh. Several local representatives were on hand…