Pew Charitable Trusts

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The Pew Charitable Trusts "support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change."[1] Their conservation arm is the Pew Environment Group.

Overview & history

"The Trusts consist 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. Though the Trusts are separate legal entities, their grantmaking activities are managed collectively and guided by a single set of programmatic priorities."[2]

As a major funder of environmental and other projects the Pew trusts have been criticised by conservative groups aiming to 'defund the left'. [3]

Takeover of the Barnes Collection

The Pew Foundation led by Rebecca Rimel was instrumental in the legal manuevering for the takeover of the Barnes art collection -- a large prime collection of artwork with an estimated value of $25 - $30 bn.[1] In order to be able to effect this art coup, the Pew changed its status to non-profit charity.


Directors (2007)

Accessed February 2008: [2]



2005 Market Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077
Phone: 215.575.9050
FAX: 215.575.4939

1425 K Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005-3674
Phone: 202.207.2150
FAX: 202.207.0360
E-mail: info AT

Articles & sources

Sourcewatch articles


  1. Don Argott (director), The Art of the Steal (documentary title), or The Billion Dollar Art Heist (TV version title), 2009.
  2. Board and Staff, Pew Charitable Trusts, accessed February 16, 2008.

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