Trust Magazine

Trust features articles on Pew’s research, advocacy and other activities that seek to harness the power of knowledge to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. It also includes columns highlighting evaluations of Pew’s work, listings of recent accomplishments, and a commentary by President and CEO Rebecca Rimel. The magazine, launched in 1998, is written by professional journalists and Pew staff members and is published twice a year.

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Trust Magazine, Spring 2014

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Trust Magazine, Spring 2014
April 23, 2014

Notes from the President: Bringing People the Real Facts (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” J.N. Pew Jr., who founded The Pew Charitable Trusts with his siblings Mary Ethel Pew, J. Howard Pew, and Mabel Pew Myrin, made a similar remark in 1946 when Look magazine invited him to offer advice to President Harry Truman. His response: Tell the truth and trust the people.

Enduring Values (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent and nonpartisan global research and policy organization that for 65 years has been guided by its founders’ optimism, entrepreneurial spirit, and dedication to public service.

Recession Over, Cities Still Struggle (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Pew looks at 30 key cites to find ways to help policymakers cope with the Great Recession’s lingering fiscal effects.

Creating the Great Parks of the Sea (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
The Global Ocean Legacy partnership seeks to establish the world’s first generation of large marine reserves.

Credit Card Reforms Save Consumers Billions Annually (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Four years after Congress passed legislation forcing banks to lower credit card fees, a major study has determined that the law is saving consumers $20.8 billion a year. The study, released in October, looked at the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, known as the CARD Act, and found that it sharply reduced the costs of credit cards, especially for customers with poor credit.

Salmonella Cases Show Shortcomings in Federal Standards (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Two salmonella outbreaks linked to the nation’s sixth-largest chicken producer resulted in more than 500 people being sickened, although federal health authorities estimate that, because of under reporting of these infections, as many as 15,000 cases may have actually occurred.

Dispatch (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
One way to think about Hudson Bay—the world’s largest northern inland sea—is as one giant estuarine system.

Unauthorized Immigration May Be on the Rise (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
A steep drop in the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that accompanied the Great Recession of 2007-09 has ended, and immigration may be rising again, a widely noted Pew Research Center study has found.

Moving Forward: The Challenges of 2014 (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
While society’s problems are ever-evolving, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ dedication to service remains unflagging. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life.

Looking Back: The Milestones of 2013 (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
With evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis, Pew endeavors to solve some of society’s most difficult challenges. The successes over the past year helped protect public health, steward the environment, enhance civic life, and strengthen democracy.

Treasury Secretary Lew Describes Gains in Financial Reforms (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
In a broad policy address at Pew’s Washington office, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew described the protections that were put in place for the nation’s banking and finance system in response to the events that led to the Great Recession and outlined what remains to be done.

New Tracking of Medical Devices (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Medical device failures can lead to serious and even deadly consequences, especially when physicians and public health officials lack information on how, where, and when those devices are used to treat patients. New rules finalized in September by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will help fill that void by creating a uniform national identification system for medical devices that will allow for quick recall of flawed products.

New Restrictions on Antibiotics in Livestock (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December announced new guidelines to curb overuse of antibiotics in livestock feeding operations. The policies are designed to stop big agricultural and large drug companies from giving antibiotics to food animals to make them grow faster.

Turning Inward (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
The Pew Research Center’s quadrennial survey on “America’s Place in the World” finds Americans more focused on domestic issues with views of U.S. global power at a 40-year low.

Return on Investment (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Program investments by The Pew Charitable Trusts seek to improve policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life through operating projects managed by Pew staff, donor partnerships that allow us to work closely with individuals and organizations to achieve shared goals, and targeted grantmaking. Following are highlights of some recent Pew work. To learn more, go to

On the Record - Save the Shark, Save the World (Spring 2014 Trust Magazine)
Staff at The Pew Charitable Trusts frequently contribute op-eds, essays, and articles to newspapers and other media organizations. This piece appeared in The International New York Times.

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Trust recently covered the Pew Environment Group’s efforts to protect the Canadian boreal forest, the Pew Research Center’s study of the millennial generation, the Pew Center on the States’ work on the fiscal challenges facing the states, an evaluation of Pew’s efforts to improve foster care and how Pew aided credit card reform.

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