The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a $10 million commitment from the John William Pope Foundation to support a combination of core areas where Carolina excels: cancer research, multidisciplinary and innovative thinking, excellence in sport, and being of and serving the state’s citizens.


A $10 million gift to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the John W. Pope Foundation included $250,000 for the UNC Horizons Program. The gift will enable Horizons to conduct a follow-up study with up to 125 women and their children enrolled in the program.

The data from that study will help other states and countries model their programs helping women and children break the cycle of addiction and poverty. The funds will also eliminate a barrier to successful completion of the Horizons program by ensuring childcare services for women undergoing treatment.

“This generous gift will provide the needed systematic outcome and cost effectiveness data to unlock the potential for the Horizons model to help women and children in North Carolina and across the country, ” said Dr. Hendrée Jones, UNC Horizons executive director and professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

UNC Horizons provides an outreach service to the state to treat pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. In 2016-17, the program enrolled 266 women, with 77 percent employed by the time they graduated.

The gift also supports UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the College of Arts and Science and UNC Athletics (track and field).

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