Lois Pope is one of America's leading philanthropists and the Founder of
Leaders In Furthering Education (LIFE) & The Lois Pope Life Foundation
Mrs. Pope co-founded the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, leading a successful campaign to erect the first Memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring the more than three million living disabled veterans and all of those throughout American history. In a generous demonstration of gratitude for the enormous sacrifices made by the three million living disabled American veterans, including the more than 53,000 who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, nationally prominent philanthropist Lois Pope has given $9 million to help build the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. To be constructed on a two-acre plot in Washington D.C., the Memorial will be the first - and only - permanent national tribute to the living disabled veterans, the countless thousands who have since died, and those who will come in the future. Mrs. Pope co-founded the organization with Mr. Wilson to spearhead the fundraising to build the Memorial, which will be located across from the U.S. Botanic Garden and within full view of the U.S. Capitol building.
In 1996 Mrs. Pope donated $10 million to the University of Miami, where she serves as a trustee and is a member of the Board of the University's School of Medicine, Dean's Leadership Cabinet. These funds established the Lois Pope LIFE Center, home to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. 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. She honored 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. Mrs. Pope serves on the Boards of the Palm Beach Opera and the Armory Arts Center and is also on the Board of the Florida Atlantic University.
Mrs. Pope has been personally involved with several international life-saving programs such as donating ambulances to the Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross Society; has given $300,000 to the Genocide Response Team, a grass-roots program to save women and girls from the Sudan; and funding stem cell research which holds the promise of curing numerous diseases at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Mrs. Pope also received the Timothy J. Nugent Award presented to outstanding individuals that have significantly influenced the spinal cord injured community of America and the Health Care Heroes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She 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. Lois was awarded the 2010 Starfish Award, the 2009 WXEL Women with Wings and Wisdom Award and the American Red Magen David for Israel Award (ARMDI), all of which honor outstanding community service.
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.
Mrs. Pope's most recent endeavor is to partner with the American Humane Association (AHA). For more than 135 years the AHA's work on behalf of children and animals has truly made the world a better place. Mrs. Pope looks forward to assisting their efforts that will continue to save lives and give a voice to those who all too often have none.
Born Lois Berrodin in Philadelphia, she is a resident of Delray Beach, Florida and Snowmass, Colorado. A mother and a grandmother, Lois has trained for and completed five New York City Marathons.