The National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. It’s a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is owned by… well, by no one.
There are no stockholders. There are no private equity partners. There is no family foundation running the show. In fact, with the big tax-exemption our Society enjoys — courtesy of the citizens of the United States of America — National Geographic is practically a public trust.
But last Friday, Cengage Learning announced the acquisition of National Geographic’s School Publishing Division.
Cengage Learning is jointly owned by Apax Partners, a private equity firm, and OMERS, a pension fund. Which means our Society’s good name in education now partially resides here (3rd column, 4th row)…
… and partially here (under Private Equity):
Suncor Energy Inc
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
Potash Corp of Saskatchewan
Major Private Investments
OMERS Private Equity
Affinia Group Inc.
CBI Health Group
Constellation Software Inc.
Give and Go Prepared Foods Corp.
Associated British Ports
Detroit River Tunnel
Enwave Energy Corporation
TD Canada Trust Tower in Toronto
Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto
The Richmond-Adelaide Complex in Toronto
Centennial Place and Bow Valley Square in Calgary
Watermark Place in London, U.K.
50% ownership interest in
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Square One Shopping Centre and
Scarborough Town Centre in the Greater Toronto Area
Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, Ontario
Southcentre Mall in Calgary
Regional shopping centres in the U.S.
OMERS Strategic Investments
ADC & HAS Airports
OMERS Energy/OMERS Energy Services
How can you protect our Society’s good name
when you keep selling it to companies
that have so many other priorities?