In January 2017, Center Director Lester Salamon visited Beijing at the invitation of the Asia Foundation Beijing Office to speak to foundation leaders and students at the China Foundation Centre (CFC), China Donor Roundtable (CDR), and the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI) about key issues facing the foundation and nonprofit sectors in China.
From a PtP perspective, this visit represented a key opportunity to bring the Philathropication thru Privatization concept to one of the most fertile fields in privatization today. In fact, as detailed by the Privatization Barometer’s PB Report for 2014-2015: “China was, by far, the leading privatizing country during both 2014 and 2015, raising $73.6 billion (€55.7 billion) during 2014, and an astonishing $133.3 billion (€123.0 billion) through August 2015.”
The massive scale of these privatization transactions present a crucial opportunity to build endowed foundations to advance social progress in the country—but only if stakeholders are aware of and advocate for PtP outcomes during the privatization process itself. With this in mind, Dr. Salamon presented the PtP project and conducted an extended conversation on the concept with students, scholars, and philanthropic leaders at CGPI on January 12, 2017. The full session is available here:
Part 1 | Part 2
This visit also came at a particularly important time for China’s philanthropic sector in general, which the International Center for Nonprofit Law describes as follows: “Civil society and its accompanying legal framework have become considerably more complex in China in recent years. The range of nonprofit, philanthropic and other social organizations has expanded rapidly, as have their fields of activity and their partnerships with the government and business sectors. CSOs of various kinds are moving gradually but steadily from the margins of society into the mainstream.”
In particular, two new laws—the Charity Law, which establishes a “comprehensive framework for revamping the government’s management of the social sector;” and the ONGO law, which governs foreign NGOs operating in China—have come into effect in the past year, presenting both new opportunities and new challenges for the civil society sector in China. Within this context, Dr. Salamon presented “Foundation Realities and Possibilities: An Overview” at the CDR Annual Meeting, focusing on how foundations in China can think beyond grants to leverage their resources more effectively; the importance of seeing nonprofit organizations as crucial partners in carrying out key philanthropic and social objectives; and the resulting stake these philanthropic organizations have in strengthening and supporting such nonprofit organizations.
During his visit, Dr. Salamon also sat down for a series of interviews, which you can view below:
Question: How do international NGOs contribute to China’s development?
Question: How can government, business, and civil society most effectively work together to promote social progress?
Question: What are the new trends emerging in the philanthropic sector?