The Pew Charitable Trusts comprise 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.
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, operated as a non-partisan, nongovernmental organization dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, the organization’s portfolio has grown to include public opinion research; arts and culture; and environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives.
The organization’s mission is to improve public policy by conducting rigorous analyses, informing the public by providing useful data that illuminate the issues and trends shaping the world, and invigorating civic life by encouraging democratic participation and strong communities. The trusts also support arts and culture organizations as well as institutions in Philadelphia that enhance the well-being of the region’s neediest citizens.
Our work with the Pew Charitable Trusts includes protecting the salmon ecosystem by strengthening the influence of First Nations and other communities to ensure resource development decisions protect Pacific wild salmon values of northern Canada, and advancing more responsible approaches to mineral exploration and development that protect the freshwater habitat values of British Columbia’s wild salmon watersheds.