The Pew Charitable Trusts
is an independent non-profit
, non-governmental organization
(NGO), founded in 1948. With over US$5 billion in assets, its current mission is to serve the public interest
by "improving public policy
, informing the public, and stimulating civic life."
The Trusts, a single entity, is the successor to, and sole beneficiary of, seven charitable funds established between 1948 and 1979 by J. Howard Pew
, Mary Ethel Pew, Joseph N. Pew, Jr.
, and Mabel Pew Myrin—the adult sons and daughters of Sunoco
founder Joseph N. Pew
and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. The Trusts is based in Philadelphia
, with an office in Washington, D.C.
Although today the Pew Charitable Trusts is rigorously non-partisan and non-ideological, Joseph Pew and his heirs were themselves politically conservative
. The mission of the J. Howard Pew Freedom Trust was to "acquaint the American people with the evils of bureaucracy
and the values of a free market
and to inform our people of the struggle, persecution, hardship, sacrifice and death by which freedom of the individual was won.
" Joseph N. Pew, Jr.
, called Franklin Roosevelt
's New Deal
, "a gigantic scheme to raze U.S. businesses to a dead level and debase the citizenry into a mass of ballot-casting serf
Most of the early beneficiaries were such conservative organizations as the John Birch Society
, the American Liberty......