Despite spending vast amounts of money to create prosperous and peaceful societies, both
public and charitable sectors have fallen far short of solving Pakistan’s most pressing
problems. In the face of rising population and stressed government budgets, the ability of
philanthropy to step in and help solve public problems and support vital social institutions
has perhaps never been more important.
Persistent societal problems and wealth creation in the emerging economies like Pakistan
are driving a new generation of actors to commit their resources for the greater public
welfare. Widely known as philanthropy, voluntary contributions to causes that serve a
public good are a longstanding and important aspect of Pakistani culture. What is of
particular interest today is the proliferation of ways in which this private giving is being
channeled into new institutional forms. In significant ways, some local philanthropy is
becoming more strategic in its goals, which means utilizing resources effectively to
address the underlying causes of important social problems.
Through an examination of philanthropic trends in Pakistan and around the world,
Pakistan Philanthropy Forum 2018 seeks to shed light on the forms of institutionalized
giving that currently exist, as well as to provide recommendations on how charitable
contributions can be most efficient and effective.