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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.

JUL 10, 2013

Trust Magazine, Summer 2013

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Notes from the President (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
This issue of Trust spotlights Pew’s deep—and continuing—roots in Philadelphia. Many of our earliest grants went to educational, medical, and cultural institutions in the area. This work continues through Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative, which examines major issues, challenges, and trends in the region, and through our ongoing commitment to the people of Philadelphia and their future.

Reinventing Philadelphia for the Future (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
About a decade ago, two of out-of-town visitors arrived at the Philadelphia offices of The Pew Charitable Trusts for a business meeting on a Monday morning. They had planned their trip to spend the weekend touring the city’s better known attractions and rich historical sites.

Setting a High Bar With Her Giving (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Philanthropist and Dallas businesswoman Lyda Hill says her partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts allows her to help transform the world through science-based research and advocacy.

A Cultural Exchange Within the Polynesian Triangle (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
In ancient times, voyagers crossing the Pacific Ocean gave shape to the Polynesian Triangle, an area anchored by three groups of islands: Hawaii in the north; Easter Island, whose indigenous name is Rapa Nui, to the southeast; and New Zealand, which is called Aotearoa in the Maori language, to the west. Far from other places, the residents of the islands inside the triangle over the centuries have developed enduring cultural bonds, including a shared devotion to their ocean environment.

Great Recession Hits Generation X Hardest (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Gen Xers lost nearly half of their overall net worth between 2007 and 2010, an average of about $33,000, reducing their “already low” levels of wealth, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, “Retirement Security Across Generations” raises the issue of how well Americans are preparing financially for their retirement and the impact of the economic downturn on their future.

Public Can Soon Track Drug Company Payments to Doctors (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Reporting and public availability of this information are required under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, part of the sweeping health care legislation adopted by Congress in March 2010. The Pew Charitable Trusts has advocated since early 2007 for greater disclosure of these payments—which generally take the form of speaking fees, gifts, and honoraria—arguing that they represent potential conflicts of interest that can affect doctors’ choices and patient care.

Slow Response to Outbreak Illustrates Weaknesses in Food Safety System (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg in 2011 sickened 136 people in 34 states, sending 37 of them to the hospital and leading to one death. Federal regulators did not identify the source of the foodborne illness until 22 weeks after the first person had become sick and 10 weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had detected the outbreak. The public health agency ultimately determined ground turkey processed at one of Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.’s plants was the source of the salmonella. The company pulled 36 million pounds of meat off the market in one of the largest recalls of poultry products ever.

Facts for the City (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
When the School District of Philadelphia announced in December 2012 that it would close 15 percent of its schools because of declining enrollment and aging building, it raised just the sort of significant policy issue that Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative likes to examine. In its five years of existence, the research group had already looked at a variety of issues such the city’s tax system, jails, and another important education concern—how parents navigate complex choices in finding the right schools for their children.

One Last Place (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Antarctica’s vast ice floes are forbidding yet enthralling. They cling to the continent’s coastline surrounded by the Southern Ocean, whose starkness belies the rich diversity of life below the surface. The ocean is home to brilliantly hued starfish, bioluminescent worms, and pastel-colored octopuses. Exotic fish, protected by their bodies’ natural antifreeze, share the krill-rich waters with penguins, seabirds, seals, and whales—all thriving essentially as they have for millennia. These waters are one of the few pristine spots left on Earth, making them an ideal venue for scientists to learn about biodiversity, the evolution of our planet, and the effects of climate change.

Teens Sharing Online—but Carefully (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that Facebook continues to dominate the world of social networks for teenagers, but there are signs that interest in it may be starting to wane. Three-quarters of online teens—77 percent—have a profile on the social network site. Though Facebook use has changed little recently, Twitter use is rising quickly among online teens—from 8 percent in 2009, to 16 percent in 2011, to 24 percent in the most recent survey. And teens say they are also connecting with friends through other social media applications including Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.

Help Across Generations (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
On a second floor above Main Street in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood, a dozen women, many in their 50s, some older, sit on a ring of plastic chairs for the weekly meeting of a support group for grandmothers giving full-time care to their grandchildren. It’s a place that offers “a shoulder to cry on,” says Genetta Yates, who is raising two grandchildren, ages 9 and 10, for a daughter who has struggled with drugs. “It was my second time raising kids; I didn’t know what to do.”

Read All About It (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Every year for the past decade, the Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media” report has provided an overview of an industry that is vital to modern democracy. As it happens, the past decade also turned out to be one of the most transformative periods in the history of American journalism.

A Turning Tide for Shark Conservation (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Pew helps win international support for new protections for threatened sharks and manta rays.

Lessons Learned: Learning From Eary Education (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Learn more about an evaluation of Pew’s pre-kindergarten initiative.

A Guide for Advocacy (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Pew’s evaluation of its early education strategy provides a rich set of lessons for work in policy and advocacy.

Return on Investment (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ program investments 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 or organizations to achieve shared goals, and targeted grantmaking. Following are highlights of some recent Pew work.

On the Record: How to Improve Elections (Summer 2013 Trust Magazine)
Clean, fair, and credible elections are the foundation of a functioning democracy, so improving the way ballots are cast and counted ought to be a broadly embraced, nonpartisan goal. The divisive 2000 presidential contest, with its drawn-out tally and infamous hanging chads, delivered a wake-up call that improvements were needed. Twelve years later, elections are unquestionably better administered, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.

Past Issues

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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