The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a project of the Pew Research Center and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Here is information about those partners.
Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does so by conducting public opinion polling and social science research; by reporting news and analyzing news coverage; and by holding forums and briefings. It does not take positions on policy issues.
The Center's work is carried out by six projects in addition to PEJ:
The Center is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation which operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. It was established in 2004 as a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a Philadelphia-based public charity.
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Pew Charitable Trusts serves the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life. Based in Philadelphia, with an office in Washington, D.C., The Trusts will invest $204 million in fiscal year 2006 to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues.
In 2004, The Trusts established the Center as a subsidiary to house the six separate information projects that The Trusts had launched during the preceding decade. The move was designed to expand the reach of these information projects and to reduce their administrative cost.
The Trusts provides the vast bulk of the Center's financial support and appoints three of the five voting members of the Center's governing board. However, the Center is solely responsible for its own surveys, reports and findings. In order to preserve the Center's independence and impartiality, The Trusts maintains a wall of separation between its support for the Center's information work and its support for projects that seek to advance policy solutions, just as most newspapers separate their news operation from their editorial pages. The Pew Trusts were 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.
Read the Trusts' press release announcing the creation of The Pew Research Center.