Working Together:
Philanthropy and the Challenges of a Changing Canada

Find session resources, presentation slides, select video clips and conference report on our conference website.

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2014 Foundation Salary
& Benefits Report

This 108-page report (in collaboration with CFC) is available exclusively to PFC members in the member area of the website only and will be useful as a good governance and human resources tool.


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

The first-ever report by PFC and Imagine Canada 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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Profiles in Philanthropy


The Lupina Foundation

A Small Foundation with a Big Idea

Peter Warrian and his wife Margret Hovanec established the Lupina Foundation of Toronto in 2000, in part, to address this "creativity gap" in social science research funding.

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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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A Guide for Directors of Canadian Foundations

This 2014 revised version of the popular PFC governance guide has been redesigned as a user-friendly workbook for current and new directors of Canadian charitable foundations. The updated version features checklists and a new Resource Map to help you find the resources that are most useful to your needs.

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

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.

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President’s Blog

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

April 13, 2014
Cities: A Role for Philanthropy?

March 11, 2015
The Trick of Balance

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Update on Possible Canadas

Possible Canadas is an initiative funded by several foundations to kick start a creative conversation among Canadians about what it will take for the country to be able to address its challenges and realise its potential.

Grantmakers Roundup

Evaluating Complexity in the Social Sector

Srik Gopal, a consultant at FSG, writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review that “a traditional approach to evaluation—assessing specific effects of a defined program according to a set of pre-determined outcomes, often in a way that connects those outcomes back to the initiative—is increasingly falling short.

Grantmakers Roundup

The Debate on Effective Altruism

For some time, the Australian philosopher Peter Singer has been making the argument that living a fully ethical life means doing the most good that we can –being effective altruists.

Interesting Reading

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist has a new website. Since its inception in 1972, The Philanthropist has been a forum for thinking about the charitable and non-profit sector in Canada.

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PFC on Twitter

Hilary Pearson @PhilanthropyCDA investing in LP can "unlock hundreds of millions of dollars for social finance investments in the community"ReplyRetweetFavorite
Federal budget 2015 announces foundations can invest in limited partnerships. A win win for foundations and community