Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, is also Pew’s hometown. Pew’s commitment to the Philadelphia region reflects our significant historical ties to the city where our founders began their philanthropic efforts.
Pew seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in our hometown. We do so by informing discussion on important issues facing the city, partnering with many local institutions to encourage a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s neediest populations, and pursuing civic initiatives to strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike.
By the numbers
- Over the past 25 years, the Pew fund has awarded more than $200 million to approximately 300 nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties.
- In 2016, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded more than $10 million for arts and culture organizations and fellowships.
- After declining for more than 50 years, Philadelphia’s population started rising after 2006 and added 78,732 residents in nine years, as reported by the Philadelphia research initiative.
- And in 2014, the 25- to 29-year-olds were far and away the city’s largest age cohort.
An innovative set of polling questions about Philadelphia offers a different perspective for crafting urban policy
The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $6.98 million over the next three years to 41 Philadelphia-area nonprofits that serve some of the region’s most vulnerable adults. More than 35,000 people, including those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and extended unemployment, will be assisted on an annual basis. Read More
The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services has awarded its first advancement grant to the University City District (UCD), a partnership of West Philadelphia’s universities, hospitals, businesses, and residents, which seeks to improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the neighborhood. Read More
For 25 years, The Pew Charitable Trusts has supported agencies that work to preserve the dignity and quality of life of the low-income, frail elderly in the Philadelphia region so that they can reside in their communities and homes for as long as possible. Here, we talk to Ginger Zielinskie, president of Benefits Data Trust, to learn more about the challenges facing this vulnerable population in... Read More
Philadelphia—the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution—is also Pew’s hometown.