OUR MISSION is to improve public education for economically disadvantaged children in Palm Beach and Martin Counties by developing, testing, and implementing new strategies for learning in classrooms, schools and neighborhoods and to support educational enrichment programs unavailable as part of the regular curriculum.


Welcome! Mary and Robert Pew’s primary philanthropic objective is to positively impact children’s lives by providing access to high-quality instruction and educational enhancements. The Pew Fund was created in 1998 as a supporting organization to the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Since then, we have awarded nearly $24,000,000 in grants to improve public education for economically disadvantaged children, impacting tens of thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, and nearly 100 administrators.

To date, the majority of the Fund’s work has involved elementary schools that serve student populations in which 85% or more qualify for free or reduced-rate lunches--ranging from Warfield Elementary in Martin County, to Glades’ area schools and those bordering the railroad tracks, north and south, in Palm Beach County. Most recently, we have expanded our grant making to include strategies that assist in improving academic achievement in middle and high schools.

Thank you for visiting the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund web site.

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