Sustainable Environment Programs: Pew Charitable Trusts, 1990

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)



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The Pew Charitable Trusts has a long history of making grants to promote environmental protection and sustainability in a range of fields, from energy policy, to marine life, to forestry. Its environmental programs all fall under one of the Trusts’ three main areas of activity: Advancing Policy Solutions. Pew’s involvement in the field has both mirrored and contributed to the rise of environmental advocacy over the last twenty years, and has been particularly significant since 1990.
The full range of Pew’s activities is beyond the scope of this brief case study, but a look at two of Pew’s major initiatives, the Global Warming and Climate Change Program and the Protecting Ocean Life Program, provides a window into several of the diverse strategies by which the Trusts have achieved impact in promoting environmental protection and sustainability.



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