Statement from the Trust on the Passing of Cokie Roberts

Like so many people across the country, the members of the National Trust for the Humanities Board of Trustees are grieving the loss of our spectacular Board member, Cokie Roberts.

Cokie was an active participant in our Board Meetings and at our annual luncheon with the Jefferson Lecturer. Her thoughts commanded attention at our meetings, in large part because she deeply believed in the Mission of the Trust and the overwhelming importance of the humanities.

We will miss her, and we will remember her, always.

Robert G. Perry
Chairman & President
The National Trust for the Humanities

"Light and liberty go together."  - Thomas Jefferson

What is the National Trust for the Humanities?

The National Trust for the Humanities is a charitable organization whose purpose is to serve as an advocate for the humanities and to support the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Trust for the Humanities generates financial support to extend the reach of the programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

The Trust works closely with the National Endowment for the Humanities to:

  • Enrich the lives of the broadest public through enjoyable and meaningful programs of high quality and enduring worth;

  • Promote the creation of new knowledge in the humanities;

  • Preserve the historical record and artifacts of our national and human experience;

  • Provide effective educational programs for both formal and informal settings.


When unveiling a new edition of the iPad, Steve Jobs once explained that “it’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough — that it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.”

Our Mission 

  • To generate new sources of financial support for the NEH and the humanities;

  • To serve as the vehicle for donations to NEH from foundations, corporations and individual supporters;

  • To help increase awareness of the work done by the NEH.


The National Trust for the Humanities was created in 1996 by a group of distinguished Americans who were deeply concerned about declining support for the humanities and who saw an urgent need to strengthen this nation’s intellectual and cultural life.   

Since its establishment the Trust has raised over $12,000,000 dollars to support the work of the NEH. The Trust has attracted support from individuals, foundations and businesses for a number of critical projects in the humanities.

These include projects to preserve the papers of the Founding Fathers and other notable Americans and the creation of EDSITEment, an online guide to “the best of the humanities on the web” for teachers, students and parents.  To view this resource and learn more about EDSITEment, go to :  Edsitement: