Lois Pope, one of the country's most active philanthropists, currently functions as the cofounder and chairperson for the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, which is developing the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in the nation's capital. Lois Pope introduced the idea more than 12 years ago, and in 2010, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the foundation in breaking ground on the 2.4-acre site. Once it is dedicated, on Veterans Day 2012, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be the first and only monument to honor the millions of servicepeople who have suffered debilitating injuries in the line of duty.
Aside from her work with the Disabled Veterans' Life Memorial Foundation, Lois Pope acts as the President of both the Lois Pope Life Foundation, Inc., and Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE). Since its inception, LIFE has been devoted to helping people help themselves through leadership programs and summer camps for underserved children and children with special needs. The Lois Pope Life Foundation has been involved with a wider range of charitable causes, from humanitarian relief and medical research to animal welfare and the performing arts. Lois Pope has provided funding for various scholarships and critical medical research. In 1996, she donated $10 million to fund the Lois Pope LIFE Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition, she funded stem cell research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
For more than a decade, the Lois Pope Life Foundation bestowed the Lois Pope LIFE International Achievement Award, presenting $100,000 to an innovator in the medical field each year. The foundation has supported nonprofit groups around the globe, including Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross; the Sudan Genocide Response Team; and the Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University.
A proven leader in policy issues, Lois Pope serves on the Board of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the City College of New York. Appointed by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Mrs. Pope has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the leading thinkers in the country, including Mort Zuckerman, Henry Kissinger, Tom Brokaw, and George H.W. Bush.