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Pope Foundation gives $1.2 million

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh-based funder has spread its wealth among a variety of humanitarian, religious and cultural causes during December.

Triangle-based beneficiaries of The John William Pope Foundation’s year-end giving, which was divided among humanitarian, religious and cultural groups, include the Raleigh’s Boys and Girls Club, Full Gospel Tabernacle, N.C. Opera Company and Safe Haven for Cats.

In total, the Foundation has disbursed $3.2 million since September 2007.

Previous donations include a $1 million matching grant to Hospice of Wake County, earmarked to support construction of a $11 million, 46,000 square-foot patient care and administrative headquarters in Cary.

An additional $1 million was directed to help construct Campbell University’s new convocation center and represented part of a multi-year $4.5 million commitment, of which $500,000 remains.

“The Pope Foundation is pleased and honored to support all of these nonprofits that serve the needs of the Triangle,” Art Pope, president of the foundation, says in a statement.

Founded in 1986 by the family of the late John W. Pope Sr., the Foundation receives substantial support from the Pope family business, Variety Wholesalers Inc.

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