About Lois Pope, LIFE and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc.
As one of America's leading philanthropists, Lois Pope has positively impacted the lives of individuals at the local, national and international levels. She has established three different organizations dedicated to helping those in need. They are the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc., Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE), and the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation. Over the last 20 years she has been the driving force behind the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, a summer camp program serving thousands of underprivileged children and a groundbreaking new program with American Humane Association in Palm Beach County, including the donation of two Red Star Rescue Vehicles. She also recently made a significant donation to The Weizmann Institute of Science.
Mrs. Pope recently saw the completion of a decade's long dream the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which was dedicated by President Obama in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 5, 2014. The Memorial will forever stand as a reminder to the public and legislators of the courage and sacrifices of the four million living disabled veterans and all those who died before them for the need to be vigilant in assuring their support, as well as being aware of the human cost of war.
In addition to her work with American Humane Association and American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Mrs. Pope's foundations have also provided awards for medical research, college scholarships, humanitarian relief, the performing arts, and animal welfare. Among the many organizations that benefit from her leadership are LIFE, which in addition to its summer camp program also provided college scholarship support to dozens of high school students who showed an extraordinary vocation for volunteerism; Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's Red Cross, for new ambulances; and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League for a new mobile pet adoption unit.
Mrs. Pope has been honored numerous times for her dedication to improving the world around her. She recently became a Board Member of the Foreign Policy Association and is a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. She was recognized for her work as a member of Florida Atlantic University's Board with the President's Medallion for Distinguished Service. In 2007 she was honored with the "Outstanding Philanthropist Award" at the 22nd annual "Great Sports Legend" dinner to benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Philanthropist of the Year in October of 2008. In 2006 former Secretary of State Colin Powell appointed Mrs. Pope to the Board of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the City College of New York. She also serves on the Boards of the Palm Beach Opera, the Armory Arts Center and Florida Atlantic University. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Timothy J. Nugent Award and the Health Care Heroes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Pope received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from her alma mater, Chestnut Hill College and an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the Rabbinical College of America. In honor of her outstanding community service she was given the 2010 Starfish Award, the 2009 WXEL Women with Wings and Wisdom Award and the American Red Magen David for Israel Award (ARMDI). Mrs. Pope was named a Daily Point of Light recipient by President George H.W. Bush. She received the James E. Van Zandt Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, President's Medallion for Distinguished Service from Florida Atlantic University, and the Lizette Sarnoff Award for Volunteer Service from Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. A mother and a grandmother, Lois has trained for and completed five New York City Marathons.