The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

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The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
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Founded2008; 13 years ago (2008)
FounderPeter G. Peterson
FocusFiscal and economic challenges of the United States[1]
Key people
Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman[2] Michael A. Peterson, President and Chief Operating Officer[2]
Revenue (2014)
Expenses (2014)$32,403,596[3]
EndowmentUS$1.0 billion

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is an American foundation established in 2008 by Peter G. Peterson, former US Secretary of Commerce in the Nixon Administration and co-founder of the Blackstone Group, an American financial-services company.


In 2008, Peter G. Peterson committed $1 billion to create the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, an organization dedicated to addressing economic and fiscal "sustainability challenges that threaten America's future."[4] Peterson recruited David M. Walker, then-Comptroller General of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office, as the foundation's first president and chief executive officer.

In 2010, the foundation launched an annual Washington, D.C., event aimed to draw attention to America's long-term fiscal issues.

In October 2010, David M. Walker stepped down as President and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation to establish his own venture, the Comeback America Initiative with funding provided by the Foundation.



Board of Directors:

Advisory Board:

Past activities[edit]

Solutions Initiative[edit]

In January 2011, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation launched the $1.2 million Solutions Initiative grant program. As part of this program, the American Enterprise Institute, Bipartisan Policy Center, Center for American Progress, Economic Policy Institute, Heritage Foundation and Roosevelt Institute Campus Network each received grants of $200,000 to develop comprehensive plans for long-term fiscal sustainability. Grantees had complete discretion and independence to develop their own fiscal goals or targets and to propose recommended packages of solutions and timeframes for achieving them.[6]

The six Solutions Initiative plans contained specific policy recommendations, reflecting the groups' unique perspectives and priorities, and looked out 10 and 25 years into the future.[7] To make the plans more easily comparable, the Solutions Initiative program required that they be developed from a common starting point based upon the Congressional Budget Office's long-term projections. The Peterson Foundation also asked the Tax Policy Center and Barry Anderson (former acting director at CBO) to serve as independent scorekeepers, reviewing the plans and applying consistent analytical techniques to all of the proposals.[8]

The six Solutions Initiative plans were released at the 2011 Fiscal Summit.

(2012) Post-Election: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond[edit]

On November 16, 2012, the Peterson Foundation hosted Post Election: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond, which convened elected officials and policy experts to discuss implications of the impending fiscal cliff and potential paths forward within the context of the nation's political and economic challenges.[9] Participants included former Chairmen of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan and Paul Volcker, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Representatives Peter Roskam and Chris Van Hollen, former acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office Donald B. Marron Jr., and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orzag.[10] Policy analysts from the five think tanks that participated in the Solutions II Initiative took part in a panel in which they reviewed their plans and budget priorities.[11]

(2011) Republican Primary Debate Sponsorship[edit]

The Peterson Foundation was the official broadcast sponsor of the 2011 Bloomberg/Washington Post Presidential Debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.[12] The debate, the first of the 2012 presidential election season to focus entirely on the economy and fiscal issues, was moderated in a roundtable format by PBS' Charlie Rose, Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty and Bloomberg TV White House correspondent Julianna Goldman.[13]

As part of its sponsorship, the Foundation aired a series of informational advertisements during the debate.[14] The ads featured children speaking to specific long-term fiscal challenges and the future effects of failing to address the U.S. debt.[15] The final ad concluded with a message from former Sens. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) and former Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) encouraging congressional leaders to work together and develop a bipartisan plan that addresses the national debt.[16]


In November 2010, the Peterson Foundation launched a $6 million national campaign to raise awareness about the U.S. debt titled "OweNo."[17] The campaign featured nationally broadcast television ads starring satirical presidential candidate named Hugh Jidette, (a play on "Huge Debt").[18][19]


In August 2008, The Peter G. Peterson Foundation purchased the rights to I.O.U.S.A., a documentary that examined the history and events behind America's rapidly growing national debt.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Issues". The Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b "About Us: PGPF Highlights". Peter G. Peterson Foundation. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ a b "The Peter G. Peterson Foundation" (PDF). Foundation Center. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (15 February 2008). "Peter G. Peterson Commits $1 Billion Toward Solving America's Most Significant Economic Challenges" (Press release). New York: PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  6. ^ Paletta, Damian (2011-01-20). "Peterson Foundation Makes $1.2 Million in Grants for Debt-Reduction Proposals". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ Wessel, David (2011-05-26). "Plans to Cut Deficit Reveal Varying Visions". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  8. ^ Gleckman, Howard (May 25, 2011). "Six Think Tanks Tackle the Budget Deficit". Blog. Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  9. ^ "Peterson Foundation Convenes Nation's Lawmakers and Policy Experts to Discuss Solutions to the Fiscal Cliff and Long-Term Fiscal Challenges". PR Newswire. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  10. ^ "Peterson Foundation Holds Fiscal Cliff Forum Today — Brings Together Lawmakers and Policy Experts to Discuss Solutions to Nation's Long-Term Fiscal Challenges". The Peter G. Peterson Foundation. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  11. ^ Payne, Amy (2012-11-16). "Morning Bell: The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond". The Daily Signal. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  12. ^ "Bloomberg & The Washington Post Present 1st GOP Economic Debate" (Press release). New York: Bloomberg. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  13. ^ Rucker, Philip; Gardner, Amy (2011-10-12). "Mitt Romney solidifies his front-runner status in Republican debate". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  15. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (2011-10-10). "Foundation Uses Kids to Make Pols Feel Dumb – FishbowlDC". Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  16. ^ Peter G. Peterson Foundation (October 8, 2011). "Conclusion". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  17. ^ Wessel, David (2010-11-05). "Peterson Foundation to Launch 'OweNo' Anti-Deficit Ad Campaign". Real Time Economics. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  18. ^ Smith, Donna (2010-11-09). "Peterson Foundation launches OweNo campaign on U.S. debt". Tales from the Trail. Reuters. Archived from the original on 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  19. ^ "Hugh Jidette for President". YouTube. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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