Philadelphia Region

Pew fosters a healthy and vibrant public life in the Philadelphia region in many ways. We partner with local institutions and individuals to encourage thriving arts and cultural communities; support the health and welfare of the region’s neediest residents; and, through civic initiatives, strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to visitors and residents alike. Pew also provides research and analysis on important issues facing the city and its surrounding area. 

In the cultural arena, Pew supports the performing and visual arts, museums and libraries, historic buildings and sites, and parks and gardens.

Pew’s civic projects help to revive important public spaces such as Independence Mall, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Fairmount Water Works, as well as some of the region’s other historic treasures. Also, we have helped to build Philadelphia’s tourist economy by leading the planning and fundraising for the Independence Visitor Center and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Pew’s local policy research shines a light on some of the city’s challenges and identifies ways to address these issues.

Pew also helps to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens in Philadelphia and its neighboring counties receive much-needed assistance. The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia supports a range of programs aimed at supporting the elderly, children and youth, and at-risk adults.

Read the Trust magazine story, "Reinventing Philadelphia for the Future" for more on our work in Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia Research Initiative

    Pew produces timely research on major issues and trends in Philadelphia, for the benefit of decision makers, the news media and the public.
  • Arts and Culture

    A renaissance in Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene is playing a key role in reviving the city’s broader fortunes.  Our objectives in supporting arts and culture are twofold—to encourage artistic excellence and to examine and expand local participation in the arts.
  • Civic Initiatives

    Pew enhances civic life in its own backyard of Philadelphia, promoting and enhancing the region’s historical treasures and public spaces as well as conducting research that increases public understanding of challenges facing the city.
  • Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia

    The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services supports nonprofit organizations serving some of the most vulnerable members of the community—disadvantaged children and families; adults with multiple, complex issues such as those related to homelessness and mental health problems; and the frail elderly.

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