About Us

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. From its first day in 1948, Pew’s founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives. Early priorities included cancer research, the Red Cross and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges.

As the country and the world have evolved, we have remained dedicated to our founders’ emphasis on innovation. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, our portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the best interests of the people. Current projects seek to strengthen environmental and energy policies; protect our oceans and wild lands; improve health through investments in child nutrition; increase the safety of foods and drugs; provide consumers with better information about financial products; and help states and cities  invest in programs that provide the strongest returns. We are particularly committed to improving the civic life of Philadelphia, our founders’ home town.

We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our interest in fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.


President's Message

Democracy is well-served by informed and engaged citizens when they are provided—and seize—the means to fulfill their civic duty in service to our country.

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History

The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent nonprofit, is the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

From its first day in 1948, Pew’s founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives.

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Planning And Evaluation

The Planning and Evaluation unit is integral to Pew's approach. Planning and Evaluation supports the organization's efforts by providing thoughtful guidance and critique on initial program design, objective assessment of progress against benchmarks, identification of lessons that can be applied to Pew's work, and evaluation of our ultimate return on investment.

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CAREERS@PEW

Pew offers individuals the chance to perform meaningful work in an exciting learning environment.

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Answers to frequently asked recruiting questions and additional detailed information are also available.

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Contact Us

Pew maintains primary offices in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.  Office addresses, phone, fax and e-mail contact information are all available here.

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Board & Staff

A complete list of our board of directors and a staff directory are posted in this section.

Directions To Our Office

Directions by car, train and metro to the Philadelphia and Washington, DC offices are included here for the convenience of visitors to our offices.