The nation’s second-largest foundation is doing some in-house spring cleaning—the second time in as many years. Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, a collective of seven funds established by Sun Oil Co. founder Joseph N. Pew and family, has decided to streamline its recently installed management hierarchy by replacing it with a “flat” structure, eliminating four vice presidential slots and installing. individual program directors to manage each of the trusts six program areas, chief among which is its Health and Human Services department. This department, which oversees the Pew Scholars program and provides funds for research in the biomedical sciences, doles out between 30% and 40% of the trust’s grant money annually.

“The grantmaking policies remain the same,” says Tim Murray, acting director of Health Sciences and Human Services. “It Is business as usual for the application review process. This is strictly a structural reorganization.” Murray says that a permanent director...

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