The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. We are an independent nonprofit organization—the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.
Informed by our founders' entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit, Pew has evolved with the challenges and demands of the times while remaining true to the Pew family’s enduring interest in research, practical knowledge, and a robust democracy. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy change agent that remains nonpartisan and dedicated to serving the public.
Our mission is to:
- Improve public policy by conducting rigorous analysis, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause, and insisting on tangible results;
- Inform the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping our world;
- Invigorate civic life by encouraging democratic participation and strong communities, particularly in our hometown of Philadelphia.
Our values are instilled in all that we do. In every project, we are:
- Fact-based and dedicated to the power of research, always digging deep into the data in search of quantifiable trends and metrics. We approach issues with a thorough analysis of the underlying problem, using evidence to inform our objectives and identify the risks and opportunities that lie ahead.
- Nonpartisan and committed to bringing together key stakeholders in ways that allow us to pursue common goals, bridge divides, and build a shared path to success.
- Results-oriented. We set ambitious goals—wisely. We rigorously design our projects to deliver measurable results, and we evaluate them regularly, making course corrections as needed so that our work achieves tangible results.
Throughout our history, The Pew Charitable Trusts has sought to improve civic life, strengthen democracy, and make governments more effective and responsive. Over the years, we have contributed to numerous initiatives designed to improve education, job creation, and opportunity in Philadelphia and throughout the United States. In the 1950s, we began supporting historically black colleges and universities in an effort that became one of our longest-lasting grant programs. We started working on environmental issues with a diverse range of stakeholders in the 1970s; and in 1991, we began partnering with Indigenous people on land and ocean conservation. Since 2005, we have sought ways to directly address some of the challenges that disproportionately affect those who are disadvantaged by systemic inequities, including incarceration, juvenile justice, debt, and access to credit.
Together, we are working to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity, identify and address existing and emerging issues that can affect our workplace, and share best practices throughout the organization. We know that when we include a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds, we can get better at asking the right questions and crafting innovative solutions. Read more about our commitment to IDE.
Trend offers perspectives from eminent voices, in a range of disciplines, who are seeking to inform and improve our world.