“The New Leviathan,” a book by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin that was reviewed in The Washington Times on June 4, mischaracterizes the Pew Charitable Trusts’ work and provides erroneous information about our grants to the Tides Center.
The book suggests that the Pew Trusts has strayed from the values and orientation of its founders. That is not the case. As J. Howard Pew II explained to the WallStreetJournal in 2004, “The Trusts were established in 1948 to contribute to the health and well-being of the nation and strengthen the communities in which we live. Our founders had the wisdom to design an institution that would have the flexibility and foresight to address issues that matter most to the American public. Their forward-thinking is one of our greatest assets, because most of the problems we face today as a nation did not even exist 50 years ago.” He went on to say that with Pew family members making up half of the trusts’ board - the body that approves all our work - “we are in an excellent position to ascertain donor intent and its application to contemporary issues.”
The authors also incorrectly write that Pew is “now the largest funder” of the Tides Center. To make their case, they cite funding information from 1990 to 2002 - data that are over a decade old. In fact, over the last 10 years, Pew has provided only two grants to Tides, totaling $390,828. Both grants were in support of the Children’s Partnership to increase access to dental care for children in California.
The Pew Charitable Trusts proudly continues to address today’s most challenging problems using strictly nonpartisan, fact-based solutions and investments to improve society.
REBECCA W. RIMEL
President and CEO
The Pew Charitable Trusts