In September 2009, Campbell Law School moved from the main Campbell campus in Buies Creek, North Carolina, into a newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Raleigh. The tab: $15 million.
A $1.2 million grant from the Pope Foundation helped to defray the cost. This press release from Campbell University explains the details:
“We are grateful to the leaders of the John W. Pope Foundation for their meaningful contribution to Campbell Law School,” said Dean Melissa Essary. “Their investment in Campbell Law’s new Raleigh home is extraordinary. At $1.2 million, it is not only the largest gift received thus far toward our building campaign, it is the largest gift in the history of the Law School.”
The Pope Foundation is a long-time supporter of Campbell University. Most recently the Foundation provided $4.5 million toward the construction of the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center on the University’s main campus in Buies Creek. The Convocation Center bequest was made in memory of the late John W. Pope, Jr., who graduated from Campbell in 1975.
“It is a privilege for my family and the Pope Foundation to support the great work of Campbell Law School in memory of my father,” stated J. Arthur Pope, president of the John W. Pope Foundation.
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The John William Pope Foundation marked its 25th anniversary in December 2011. Even a quarter-century after the Foundation’s creation, the Pope family’s extraordinary generosity — nearly $100 million in philanthropic donations — is matched in significance only by the number of lives touched.
John William Pope’s unusually quiet, unassuming philanthropy was designed to recognize and support whole people — helping to meet their physical needs, provide educational opportunities, enrich their creativity through the arts, and promote public policy that protects their ability to be free and prosperous in the future.
In continuing the legacy of John William Pope, the Foundation’s 25th anniversary dinner was a fundraiser for StepUp Ministry, a nonprofit that empowers low-income individuals to break the poverty cycle. All proceeds from ticket sales for the dinner went to StepUp — nearly $300,000 total. John Stossel, a host and commentator on the Fox Business Network, keynoted the dinner.
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The John William Pope Foundation is committed to preserving North Carolina’s higher education legacy. This article inPhilanthropy Journal underscores that commitment:
The John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh has given $3 million to improve facilities that provide academic support to student athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The gift will fund a new 29,000-square-foot home for the John W. Pope Student-Athlete Academic Support Center that will be part of a renovation of Kenan Stadium.
The original center, which opened in 1986 and also was funded by the Pope Foundation, was less than one-third the size of the new center and was located in the stadium’s previous field house.
The new center will serve nearly 800 student athletes in 28 sports at the university and will include classrooms for teaching and tutoring; advanced computer technology; a writing lab; and reading rooms and office space.
“We’re committed to giving our student athletes the support they need to succeed in the classroom as well as in their sport,” UNC Chancellor Holden Thorpe, says in a statement. “This new center will epitomize that commitment.”
Campbell University’s new convocation center in Buies Creek, North Carolina, is due in large part to the generosity of the John William Pope Foundation.
To honor the life of John William Pope Jr., who passed away in 2004, the Pope Foundation made a five-year commitment totaling $4.5 million to help construct the center. Campbell University has the details in this press release:
The state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility will seat about 3,100 spectators for athletic events and up to 5,000 for special events such as concerts, graduation activities and other community gatherings. In addition to the main arena, the center includes a student fitness center, training and weight rooms, practice facility, sport locker rooms, athletic offices, a hospitality room, labs and classrooms for the exercise science department and the Campbell Sports Hall of Fame. The center will also house the volleyball and wrestling teams.
The university expects the center to benefit Campbell athletics fans, students who use the facilities and the residents of Buies Creek and Harnett County. The building is one of the largest constructed in Harnett county and has become a symbol of pride for the area. Campbell has already committed to holding graduation ceremonies for Harnett County public schools.
John William Pope Jr. graduated from Campbell in 1975. The Foundation’s gift was made in his memory.
“My brother, John, loved athletics and our family is honored to be a part of this world-class facility,” said Art Pope.
Duke Today reports on the arrival of a new academic center on Duke University’s campus devoted to studying the historical juncture between politics and economics. The academic center was made possible by grants from the John William Pope Foundation:
The current economic turbulence has prompted news reports filled with terms such as fiscal stimulus, monetary policy and market stabilization. Such concepts are easy to take for granted, but they represent ideas developed and debated about over the last 300 years. A new center at Duke studies the history of these economic theories.
“We have these popular images and sound bites about what famous economists like Adam Smith and Karl Marx thought, but what were they really saying, in the context of the time that they were saying it?” said Bruce Caldwell, the director of the newly created Center for the History of Political Economy (HOPE) at Duke. “Typically, many of the issues that they viewed as important then are issues that are being debated, albeit perhaps in different ways, today.”
For students, Caldwell said the study of the history of economics can be a link between the technical study of economics and a broader liberal arts education.