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.
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Addressing COVID-19's Impacts on Philadelphia and Our Grantees

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The Pew Charitable Trusts recognizes the enormous human and financial toll that COVID-19 is having on individuals, families, and organizations in the Philadelphia region—and understands that the virus and the resulting economic fallout will have both immediate and longer-term consequences.

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$6.8M in Grants Supporting Philadelphia Region's Vulnerable Adults

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Press Releases & Statements

The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $6.8 million over the next three years to 38 Philadelphia-area nonprofits serving some of the region’s most vulnerable adults, including those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and extended unemployment. The funding will help organizations address these residents’ critical needs, including those related to and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Will the COVID-19 Pandemic Reverse Philadelphia's Progress?

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Every spring since 2009, The Pew Charitable Trusts has gathered data from numerous sources for our “State of the City” report on Philadelphia. But this year, because of COVID-19, the findings must be seen in a different light.

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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.

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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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