Our Mission

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

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. From its first day in 1948, Pew’s founders steeped the new institution with the entrepreneurial and optimistic spirit that characterized their lives. Early priorities included health care and biomedical research, the Red Cross and a pioneering project to assist historically black colleges.

As the country and the world have evolved, we have remained dedicated to our founders’ emphasis on innovation. Today, Pew is a global research and public policy organization, still operated as an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to serving the public. Informed by the founders’ interest in research, practical knowledge and a robust democracy, our portfolio has grown over time to include public opinion research as well as environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives.

Our projects lay the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. As part of that mission, we work to reduce hidden risks to the health, safety, and well-being of American consumers. We are focused on ensuring transparency and giving people the tools they need to lead better lives and make healthier decisions. Working closely with industry, government, impartial experts, and a wide range of consumer groups, we develop and promote practical solutions to problems that impact human health, whether they be in the foods we eat, the drugs we take, or many of the consumer products we use every day.