Frazierita Klasen, The Pew Charitable Trusts

TITLE: Director, Pew Fund for Health and Human Services; Deputy Director, Philadelphia Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Health, social services, homelessness, vulnerable elderly, and vulnerable children

CONTACT: fklasen@pewtrusts.org, 215-575-9050

IP TAKE: Since coming to Pew in 1991, Klasen has been deeply engaged in supporting the work of health and social organizations in the Philadelphia region—many of which serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

PROFILE: Frazierita Klasen, Director of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services, has provided leadership to this initiative since Pew first established it in 1991. The fund has given more than $186 million to more than 360 organizations in Philly and surrounding counties. It supports health and social organizations who serve three primary groups of people: disadvantaged children and youth; the frail elderly; and vulnerable adults, including those who are homeless and who face chronic mental health challenges. Organizations funded in each category are selected through a rigorous and competitive process.

For the 2013 grant cycle for children and youth, Pew awarded $8.46 million over three years to 46 Philadelphia-area organizations that serve some of the region’s most disadvantaged children and their families. For the 2012 grant cycle for organizations that support the region’s elderly adults, Pew provided $4.38 million over three years to 31 groups that support older adults who struggle to maintain their independence and well-being. And in the 2011 grant cycle, Pew provided $7.16 million over three years to 45 organizations in the area that serve the region’s vulnerable adults. More information about all of these grants and the Pew grant cycle can be found here

Klasen earned her bachelor's degree at Mount Holyoke College in political science and went on to receive a masters in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. During a career stretch in the government sector, she worked in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives as well as with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Before joining Pew, Klasen worked at Public/Private Ventures, a Philadelphia social policy and research outfit, which ended its important work in 2012.