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Supporting the Greater Philadelphia Area
Pew’s commitment to the Philadelphia region reflects our founders’ significant historical ties to the area.

Pew seeks to foster a vibrant civic life in our hometown by informing discussion on important policy issues facing the city, partnering with local institutions to encourage a thriving arts and cultural community, supporting the health and welfare of the region’s most vulnerable populations, and pursuing civic initiatives to strengthen Philadelphia’s appeal to residents and visitors alike.

Highlights

  • Since its inception over 25 years ago, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services has awarded more than $220 million to approximately 320 nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties that serve some of the area’s most vulnerable populations.
  • The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded millions of dollars each year to local arts and culture organizations and individual artists since it was established in 2005.
  • Pew’s civic initiatives have included funding for major projects such as the revitalization of Independence Mall; enhancements to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a major cultural corridor; the creation and extension of the Schuylkill River Trail and boardwalk system, which offers over 30 miles of outdoor recreational paths; and support for a variety of museums and other attractions.
  • Pew’s local research has examined topics such as Philadelphia’s growing immigrant population, the persistence and magnitude of poverty, the effects of the opioid crisis, the local tax burden for residents and businesses, and issues related to government performance and fiscal health. Our annual “State of the City” report provides a comprehensive look at key indicators of Philadelphia’s condition, and our regular polling has gauged residents’ views on the city’s present and future, as well as timely policy issues. We also convene local and regional stakeholders with experts and officials from around the country to discuss effective, evidence-based solutions for policy issues ranging from evaluating business tax incentives to reducing opioid misuse.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Institutional News

Pew Appoints Donna Frisby-Greenwood as Vice President for Philadelphia Programs

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The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that Donna Frisby-Greenwood will join the organization as vice president for Philadelphia programs, effective Oct. 3, 2022. In this role, Frisby-Greenwood will lead the organization’s work across the region to advance critical public policy solutions, support local social services organizations, and foster a vibrant civic and cultural life.

Participants in the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative’s Shipyard Apprentice Program receive a tour of the Philadelphia Shipyard as part of their training.
Participants in the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative’s Shipyard Apprentice Program receive a tour of the Philadelphia Shipyard as part of their training.
Press Releases & Statements

Pew Awards $4.25 Million to 4 Philadelphia Nonprofits

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Press Releases & Statements

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it has awarded $4.25 million to four Philadelphia nonprofits working to close opportunity gaps and address the growing impact of violence on local residents.

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Philadelphia's Fiscal Future

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Philadelphia’s economy was performing well in the decade before the pandemic—matching and, in some years, outperforming the nation in job generation. But COVID-19 halted that progress, and the city’s recovery has lagged that of the national economy. That’s especially troubling given that Philadelphia’s pre-pandemic job growth did not extend to workers of color in the city.

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Public-Private Ventures Bring Two New Landmarks to a Vibrant City

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Philadelphia is a unique city, with a vitality and identity that’s distinctively ours. That’s why so many of us have chosen to stay here, or move here, and raise the next generation of Philadelphians.

Our Work

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Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

25 Years of Support for Local Artists

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25 Years of Support for Local Artists

2017 marked 25 years of the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, which awards unrestricted grants to 12 local artists annually.

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