Registration is Now Open!

Join us in Toronto on October 27 and 28 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel for the 2015 PFC Symposium.


Just released!
Emerging Data Practices for the Philanthropic Sector


The “brave new world” of digital data is about numbers, images, stories and content... anything that can be digitized and therefore shared, manipulated and used to create more knowledge and better practice. To help us understand the possibilities and the pitfalls of digital data for philanthropy, PFC and PoweredbyData have created a guide to introduce grantmakers to emerging data practices in the nonprofit sector.

Download the full guide in PDF format.

Good news for foundations in the 2015 federal budget

PFC welcomes the federal budget announcement by the Minister of Finance that charities will now be allowed to invest in limited partnerships. This change will enable foundations and other charities to diversify their portfolio risk and optimize their returns for the benefit of the community.

Read the Statement

PFC is a member association of Canadian grantmakers, including private and public foundations, charities and corporations.

Advocacy for Early Childhood Education

Eight PFC members have come together to publish an open letter to Canada’s political leaders to make the case for public investment in early childhood education. They argue that early childhood education is a must-have element in building a more prosperous country. Two of these members, the Atkinson Foundation and the Lawson Foundation published an opinion piece in the Toronto Star on July 17.

Read More …


On June 1, PFC joined with the philanthropic community to make a Declaration of Action to the final session of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this Declaration several organizations and foundations have committed ourselves ‎to building better more positive relations with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples in the wake of the tragedy of the Indian residential schools. The Declaration is evergreen and open for further signatories. Please go to the Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada to sign on.

Read the Declaration here | Read the media release here | Read the list of June 1st signatories here

President’s Blog

Hilary Pearson, President of PFC, writes periodically about what’s happening in Canadian philanthropy. Visit the blog and get caught up.

July 8, 2015
Summer 2015 Reading for Philanthropists

June 7, 2015
What Is Philanthropy For?

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Grant Managers Network

The Grant Managers Network site features an interesting conversation about learning and evaluation among grantmakers.

Grantmakers Roundup

Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers

Learning Together: Actionable Approaches for Grantmakers, is a new publication from Grantmakers for Effective organizations (GEO) that explores how grantmakers can practice learning and evaluation together with their grantees, other funders, community members, or government agencies.

Grantmakers Roundup

Exploring The Potential of Social Finance in Canada

A new report Exploring The Potential of Social Finance in Canada has been released by a federal parliamentary committee (the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development Committee) after extensive public hearings over the winter and spring.

Interesting Reading

Canada Social Report

The Canada Social Report is a new web-based initiative to provide a compendium of information on social policies, program development and statistical data from various levels of government in Canada.

Interesting Reading

PFC on Twitter

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Federal budget 2015 announces foundations can invest in limited partnerships. A win win for foundations and community