National Civic Initiatives

Pew supports initiatives that illuminate our nation’s rich history and contribute to an increased understanding of American democracy.

In recent years, Pew spearheaded fund-raising and contributed to the national campaign to preserve and display the nearly two-centuries-old flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose “The Star Spangled Banner.” The restored flag and its exhibit are the cornerstone of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where a two-year renovation of the flag display was recently completed. Pew also donated to and raised funds for the new Capitol Visitor Center that accommodates Washington’s growing number of tourists.

Other examples of Pew’s national civic work include support for a new museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park and for a new project by noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, titled America’s Best Idea: Our National Parks.

Pew also works to make a difference in the lives of the nation’s citizens. It has been a major supporter of the substantial relief efforts undertaken in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, both locally and worldwide.

  • Disaster Relief

    Since 1948, Pew has supported the American Red Cross to provide relief assistance in times of major disaster locally and around the globe, from earthquakes to hurricanes and deadly tsunamis.
  • Law of the Sea

    Ratification of the Law of the Sea treaty is in the economic, national security and environmental interest of the United States.
  • Special Civic Projects

    Pew sponsors projects that highlight our national history and heritage, including the new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington and the restoration of the original Star-Spangled Banner.
  • Systemic Risk Council

    The Systemic Risk Council, a private sector, volunteer group led by senior advisor to Pew and former Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chair Sheila Bair, monitors and evaluates regulatory reform of U.S. capital markets focused on systemic risk.

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