Supporting the Greater Philadelphia Area

Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, is also Pew’s hometown. Pew’s commitment to the Philadelphia region reflects our significant historical ties to the city where our founders began their philanthropic efforts. 

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

By the numbers

  • Over the past 25 years, the Pew fund has awarded more than $200 million to approximately 300 nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and surrounding Pennsylvania counties.
  • In 2016, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded more than $10 million for arts and culture organizations and fellowships.
  • After declining for more than 50 years, Philadelphia’s population started rising after 2006 and added 78,732 residents in nine years, as reported by the Philadelphia research initiative.
  • And in 2014, the 25- to 29-year-olds were far and away the city’s largest age cohort.

25 Years of Support for the Vulnerable

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Since 1991, The Pew Charitable Trusts has been privileged to support Philadelphia-area nonprofit organizations serving some of the most at-risk members of our community: disadvantaged children, youth, and their families; vulnerable adults; and the frail elderly.


A New Way of Looking at Cities

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For all communities, but especially for post-industrial cities such as Philadelphia, increasing the number of residents is necessary to expand the local economy, broaden the tax base to support infrastructure, and draw new employers seeking a skilled workforce.

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