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Pope Foundation announces $800k in December donations

The John William Pope Foundation has announced it will give $810,500 to an array of organizations in its December cycle of grants.

“We’re privileged to continue supporting these organizations that help so many in our community,” said Art Pope, the group's president and chairman. “In these difficult times in North Carolina, families continue to struggle. These humanitarian organizations provide a helping hand for those in need.”

The Asheville School is the largest recipient, getting $225,000, and the Pope Foundation added four new charities to its grantee list:

SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals: Provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics.

The Green Chair Project: Accepts gently used furniture and household items and re-sells them at a significant markdown to the working poor. Families benefit, and so does the environment because furniture that otherwise might end up in a landfill is reused.

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program: Provides horseback riding lessons for special-needs children. Therapeutic horseback riding has proven physical, mental, and psychological benefits for individuals with disabilities.

Miracle League of the Triangle: Offers an opportunity for special-needs children to play baseball.

DECEMBER GRANTEES

$10,000 — Alliance Medical Ministry
$10,000 — Barium Springs Home for Children
$10,000 — Blessed Sacrament School
$5,000 — Capitol Commission
$25,000 — Carolina Ballet
$5,000 — Disabilities Education Support Center
$5,000 — Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.
$25,000 — Full Gospel Tabernacle
$5,000 — Godwin Presbyterian Church
$5,000 — Green Chair Project
$10,000 — H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library
$10,000 — Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
$5,000 — Helping Horse
$5,000 — Henderson YMCA
$5,000 — Hope Reins
$10,000 — Hospice of Wake County Foundation
$5,000 — Interfaith Food Shuttle
$3,000 — Lifeline Outreach
$5,000 — Miracle League of the Triangle
$10,000 — N.C. Opera
$25,000 — N.C. Symphony
$25,000 — N.C. Theatre
$5,000 — N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly Administration
$2,500 — Neuse Christian Academy
$50,000 — Occoneechee Boy Scouts Council
$5,000 — Performance Edge
$25,000 — Prevent Child Abuse N.C.
$25,000 — Raleigh Charter High School
$25,000 — Raleigh Fine Arts Society
$5,000 — Raleigh Rescue Mission
$25,000 — Ravenscroft School
$5,000 — Safe Haven for Cats
$5,000 — Salvation Army of Wake County
$25,000 — SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
$5,000 — Shepherd’s Table
$25,000 — StepUp Ministry
$225,000 — The Asheville School
$10,000 — United Way of Vance County
$10,000 — Upper Room Christian Academy
$5,000 — Vance County Historical Society
$25,000 — Virginia Episcopal School
$50,000 — White Memorial Presbyterian Church
$30,000 — YMCA of the Triangle

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Grrrrrrr

And a very Merry Christmas to you too! Mr _Tybee.

The stuff one finds on anonymous comment boards.... the mind reels.

still not enough, dude

Art Pope could donate ten times this amount each year and it still would not be enough to buy his way into heaven. Pope's mean-spirited, misguided ultra-far right policies that intrude on our lives also keep children in permanent poverty, break up families, divide citizens against each other using lies and destroy our state's amazing natural and educational resources. I think every organization that got the money should take it and spend it happily -- let some good come out of Pope's blood money. But I hope Pope has no illusions and that the people who have sold out and work for him have no illusions: this doesn't excuse the absolutely terrible things you do to our state and to the people who live here. 

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