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Pew Charitable Trusts Biography

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“The Pew Charitable Trusts, an independent nonprofit, is the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds 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…

Early priorities supported a cancer-research institute, a museum, higher education, the Red Cross and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges.

As the issues of the late 1940s and following decades evolved, Pew has remained dedicated to our founders’ emphasis on innovation and an entrepreneurial approach.

Now, as we enter our seventh decade, we look back on a record of thoughtful, creative responses to the crucial issues of the day, as our legacy directs. This has meant constantly adapting to the times, reinventing ourselves in order to be relevant to the next generation. As a result, we became a public charity in 2004.”

“About The Pew Charitable Trusts,” (accessed June 9, 2008)


“Improving public policy. We study and promote nonpartisan policy solutions for pressing and emerging problems affecting the American public and the global community.

Informing the public. The Pew Research Center, a Washington-based subsidiary, is home to most of our information initiatives. It uses impartial, fact-based public-opinion polling and other research tools to track important issues and trends.

Stimulating civic life. We support national initiatives that encourage civic participation. In our hometown of Philadelphia, we support organizations that create a thriving arts and culture community and institutions that enhance the well-being of the region’s neediest citizens.”

“Our Work,” (accessed June 11, 2008)

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