One of America's leading philanthropists, Mrs. Pope is the President of The Lois Pope Life Foundation and Founder of Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE). These foundations provide awards for medical research, scholarships, summer camp programs, humanitarian relief, the performing arts and animal welfare. Programs include:
In 1998, Mrs. Pope donated $10 million to the University of Miami to establish the Lois Pope LIFE Center, home of The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, as the top catastrophic neurological research facility in the world.
From 1997 to 2009 Mrs. Pope & The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, awarded each year a $25,000 scholarship to four academically deserving, community service oriented and financially needy inner city students who were attending medical school at the City College of New York (CCNY).
From 1999 to 2009, the Lois Pope LIFE International Achievement Award honored outstanding scientists who had made significant medical breakthroughs. The honor, which came with a $100,000 research award, was presented annually by The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, and has awarded $1,700,000 since its inception.
The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, working with the Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, donated $100,000 to create a new clean-water system for the village of El Triunfo in Guatemala after it was devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
In the past 16 years, LIFE events raised money to send more than 15,000 children to camp. LIFE's Summer Camp Program, which ended in 2010, was run through the Palm Beach County's Community Action Program. The summer camp scholarships benefited underprivileged and special needs children in Florida who lived in households which fell below the national poverty level.
The Community of Sudanese American Women/Men (CSAW), which organized the Sudan Genocide Response Team, received a $50,000 grant annually from 2004 to 2009, from The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation to help young refugee women in the Sudan who have been displaced due to war and are at high risk. The grant helped these young women migrate to America to find new lives in a free society.
Thanks to Lois Pope and American Humane Association, animals in Palm Beach County have a symbol of hope. The Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle will be there in times of need for dogs, cats, and other domesticated and wild animals in need of emergency rescue, medical, and shelter services. The vehicle, which will be manned by four certified and specially trained responders, carries supplies and equipment to shelter up to 100 animals. Based at American Humane Association's new Palm Beach office, the vehicle will also be used as a mobile site to conduct humane education and animal cruelty seizures in South Florida.
Mrs. Pope and the LIFE Foundation have for many years supported the work of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s Red Cross. Collaborating with friends and colleagues, Mrs. Pope has been instrumental in donating five ambulances.
Mrs. Pope and the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation donated funds to build a residence hall on the Ross campus of Cedars of Marin, a program for developmentally disabled adults.
In 1998, Lois Pope joined forces with DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson and the late Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown to create the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. It is her fondest wish to honor the more than three million living disabled veterans, including 53,000 recently disabled veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as all of those throughout American history. Mrs. Pope recently made an additional $5 million gift to the memorial foundation.