Special Feature: Studying Philanthropy in Canada: from benevolence to impact

Hilary Pearson and Dr. Jean-Marc Fontan discuss the state of philanthropic research in Canada and the three forces that are catalyzing more philanthropy scholarship and training in Canada today: digitization, demographics and diversity.  This piece is in a special issue of Alliance Magazine on Philanthropy Scholarship and Practice – Bridging the Divide.

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Philanthropy and Reconciliation


Organized philanthropy is in a unique position to support Canada’s efforts towards reconciliation and to shape a future that is inclusive and respectful for everyone.

Visit our page to find resources and more information to help you take action.


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Paul Lacerte, member of the Carrier First Nation in northern BC, presents a Cowichan woven blanket as a gift to PFC Chair, Laura Manning, and PFC President, Hilary Pearson, at the PFC Vancouver Conference 2016.

What Are The SDGs and Why do They Matter

Over the next year, PFC will be working closely with members and partners to help you use the SDGs as a framework for your grantmaking. If you would like to learn more about each goal and how it may apply to your grantmaking, consult our page were we have outlined numerous resources to guide you.


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Small Foundations, Outsized Impact

Commissioned by Burns Memorial Fund, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation and Philanthropic Foundations Canada in September 2016, the report is intended to draw out consistencies in the practices and philosophies of high impact but small scale foundations.

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What’s New?

President’s Blog

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

February 28, 2017
Raising Philanthropy’s Voice

February 9 , 2017
The Two-Way Street

January 10, 2017
What’s Trending in Canadian Philanthropy?

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Upcoming Events Calendar

March 21, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
PFC Member Engagement Lunch – Toronto

March 28, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
PFC Member Engagement Lunch – Calgary

March 29 , 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
PFC Member Engagement Lunch – Montreal

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PFC In Action

January, 2017
NEW: What Are the SDGs and Why They Matter

November, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing First Philanthropy Fellow in Canada

October, 2016
NEW: The annual snapshot of Canadian Grantmaking Foundations

October, 2016
NEW REPORT: Small Foundations, Outsized Impact

What’s Happening in Philanthropy

Report: Peer To Peer: At The Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy

From where do you get the information you need as a funder to improve or change your practices? Not surprisingly, most often it is from a peer or colleague.

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REPORT: Infrastructure in Focus: A New Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

Released at the WINGS Global Forum in Mexico City in 2017, the report shows how philanthropy infrastructure is growing and strengthening worldwide.

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An industrial strategy for philanthropy

An industrial strategy for philanthropy could help strengthen the environment for individual charitable organizations by enhancing shared knowledge, the ability to speak with a collective voice and the level of collaborative activity. Would such a strategy work for Canada?

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The Importance of Having a Data Strategy

By creating data strategies for themselves and for their grantees, funders can pave the way for Canadian charities to have more impact.

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Douglas Rutzen wins WINGS Philanthropy prize: Sounds the Alarm for Civil Society

In his acceptance speech for the 2017 Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) philanthropy prize, Douglas Rutzen, President of the International Center for Non-profit law (ICNL), spoke of the dangers that resurging authoritarianism in over 100 countries poses to civil society.

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REPORT: Foundations Need Capacity Too

What capacities are essential to advancing a foundation’s own mission? How do these elements compare to the capacities their grantee partners need? These questions and more are addressed in a report from the TTC Group.

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