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grantmakers, including private and public foundations, charities and corporations.



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Negotiating Donor Agreements with Universities: A Toolkit for Canadian Foundations, October 2014

Education is the single largest area of funding interest for Canadian foundations, and many funders provide their education grants to universities. This 55-page toolkit is intended to support foundation boards and staff who are considering or in the process of negotiating a donor agreement with a university.

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What’s Happening at PFC

Just released
2014 Foundation Salary & Benefits Report


This year, for the first time, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and Community Foundations of Canada have joined forces to collect and distribute information related to compensation and benefits among the foundations that make up our individual networks. This 108-page report is available exclusively to PFC and CFC members in the member area of the website only and will be useful as a good governance and human resources tool.

Profiles in Philanthropy

Profiles in Philanthropy is a new series of stories about the work of organized philanthropy in Canada. These profiles of six foundations in the PFC membership give you a snapshot of the impact that foundations have across many different sectors of Canadian community. We will be updating these profiles with others regularly over the next few months. For more stories on philanthropy in action, visit our Profiles in Philanthropy page.

New Data Shows Canada’s Largest Foundations give over $1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities

Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada released today the first-ever report about the assets and giving trends of Canada’s largest grantmaking foundations. This report demonstrates the growing contribution made by grantmaking foundations across the country.

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From the President

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

November 10, 2014
Reflections on the 2014 PFC Conference: Talking and Working Together

September 29, 2014
Thoughts About Data, Strategy and Accountability in Philanthropy

September 4, 2014
Canadian Foundations: Seeing Patterns in the Evidence

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Event Calendar

Nov 26, 2014
Family Foundation Directors: Roles and Challenges, Toronto

PFC 2014  National Conference, Oct 20-22 2014,  Halifax
Working Together: Philanthropy and the Challenges of a Changing Canada – Conference resources now available, with video clips and conference report coming soon!

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Exponent Philanthropy 2014 Conference Highlights, Washington, DC

Exponent Philanthropy (formerly the Association of Small Foundations) held its conference in Washington on October 30 – November 1.

Other News

Listening to the Beneficiaries: How Do Foundations Make That Happen?

An excellent new research report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) tackles the question of how funders can get closer to what the ultimate beneficiaries of their funding really want and need.

Grantmakers Roundup

U.S. Foundation Giving Reached an Estimated $54.7 Billion in 2013

According to the US Foundation Center’s Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, just over 86,000 registered foundations in the United States held $715 billion in assets and distributed a record $52 billion in 2012.

Grantmakers Roundup

Thinking About Spending Down

A blog post by Mariah Schuknecht, a former management intern at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, provides a useful list of questions to help foundations who are thinking about spending down in a thoughtful way.

Interesting Reading

Imagining Canada’s Future

The Inspirit Foundation was one of the proud partners in the New Canada Conference, held in early September in PEI to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

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The Smart Grantmaking Playbook

Another useful collection of ideas and suggestions for better grantmaking practice is collected in GEO’s new Smarter Grantmaking Playbook GEO has created an online “playbook” that allows grantmakers to delve into the following four areas” a) strengthening relationships with grantees; b) supporting non-profit resilience c) learning for improvement and d) collaboration.

Grantmakers Roundup

PFC on Twitter

PFC 1-day Workshop for Family Foundation Directors Nov 26 in Toronto - there's still time to register! Full details:
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Profiles in Philanthropy



The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative

The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative’s Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program: Success through Innovation and Collaboration

The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI) is a Montreal-based charitable organization created by the Right Honourable Paul Martin and his family in 2008. MAEI’s mission is to improve educational outcomes among Aboriginal youth.

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More Profiles in Philanthropy

Musagetes Foundation
Imagining What’s Possible in Rijeka, Croatia

Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation
Philanthropy for Sustainable Change

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