The PtP Take-Off Phase Conference: New insights into applications of the PtP concept to different asset classes

The PtP Project is pleased to bring you a new report from Project Director Dr. Lester Salamon highlighting new insights unveiled at a recent PtP Conference into how the PtP concept can be applied to a wide assortment of assets, including state-owned enterprises or facilities, debt swaps, proceeds from state-controlled gambling or mineral extraction enterprises, bribes, and the transformation of nonprofits or mutual societies into for-profit businesses.   This Conference, entitled “Philanthropication thru Privatization: The Take-Off Phase,” took place on November 3-4, 2016, at the Volkswagen Foundation’s Herrenhausen Palace Conference Center in Hanover, Germany, and assembled a diverse group of government, business, and civil society experts from countries as wide-ranging as China and Brazil, Pakistan and Poland, Italy and India, Spain and Tanzania to launch the take-off phase for the Philanthropication thru Privatization (PtP) Project—the new approach to building charitable assets from the proceeds of a variety of “privatization” transactions initially unveiled at a prior conference held in 2013.   Introducing this second PtP Conference, Dr. Wilhelm Krull, the Chairman of the PtP International Advisory Committee and General Secretary of the Volkswagen Foundation—itself a PtP foundation—noted that this concept, which was first introduced at an earlier 2013 Volkswagen Foundation...

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Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

by Project Director Lester Salamon I had the good fortune to be called out by name recently by celebrated Economist Magazine columnist Matthew Bishop for having put together his “dream conference” combining his “two favorite themes: privatization and philanthrocapitalism.” The occasion for this comment was a conference hosted by the Volkswagen Foundation in Hanover, Germany on 13 September to review the results of an unlikely project I have carried out in cooperation with a superb team of colleagues. The aim is to explore the potential for capturing in charitable endowments at least some of the proceeds of the sales of state-owned enterprises or common-use resources now under way around the world — a phenomenon I have been calling “Philanthropication thru Privatization,” or “PtP” for short.   ABOUT THE CONFERENCE We have so far identified over 500 foundations that have emerged from such privatization transactions around the world, and the Hanover Conference was convened to review the exposure draft of a report on how this came about, what it has achieved, and what the prospects are for using this approach to build charitable endowments in other areas, particularly in the global South. A wide representation of foundation, civil society, government,...

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