As one of America’s leading philanthropists at work today, Lois Pope
changed thousands of lives through her unwavering commitment to assisting
a broad array of individuals with their diverse needs. Holding the courageous
service of America’s armed forces veterans close to her heart, Mrs. Pope is
currently leading an initiative to construct a new veterans memorial across
from the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. A former Broadway performer,
Mrs. Pope assists several arts organizations. She has also made significant
contributions to medical research and other pressing causes, such as
humanitarian relief and animal welfare. To learn more about Lois Pope,
please visit the About section of this website.
Philanthropic Work: Past, Present, and Future
Over the years, Lois Pope
has served as the motivating force
behind the creation of many notable charities. In this way, she has positively impacted
individuals at the local, national, and international levels.
For 16 years, Lois Pope funded a summer camp program through her nonprofit organization
Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE). Through this program, more than 14,000 children
from areas that are underserved earned the opportunity to attend a daily summer program
over the course of an entire summer. The LIFE program helped to ensure that these children
enjoyed a healthy and fun learning environment under adult supervision, enriching their
education and lowering the chance that participants would engage in dangerous activities
while unsupervised during the summer months.
In 1996, Lois Pope made public a donation of $10 million
to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Neuroscience Research Programs.
The funds enabled the construction of the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a research and clinical
facility focusing on the cure and treatment of neurological diseases and spinal cord injuries.
Today, among her many philanthropic endeavors, Lois Pope works tirelessly
toward the establishment of a memorial commemorating the extraordinary service accorded the United
States by its veterans. Motivated by the needs of veterans since she performed in a benefit show for
veterans during her career on Broadway more than four decades ago, Lois Pope founded the Disabled
Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation in 1998. Through the organization, Mrs. Pope has successfully
campaigned for the passage of a bill by Congress to allow the establishment of the monument. She
has recently helped to secure unanimous approval from the National Capital Memorial Advisory
Commission to locate the memorial on a beautiful site with a clear view to the U.S. Capitol, so
that Congressmen and women will always remember the tremendous sacrifices of these heroes.
In the future, Lois Pope aims to continue to raise funds and support for
the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation. The projected completion and dedication date for
the monument is Veteran’s Day 2012. For the latest news on the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial
Foundation, please see the Links section.