Education and Research: A Grantmaking Snapshot

Publication date: April 2016

This snapshot provides a one-year picture of grants made to universities and colleges in 2013 by PFC members. In this year, PFC members made grants totalling $376 million to all funding areas. Of this total, $107 million went to education and research, including universities and colleges. Granting by PFC members to this sector is consistently the largest in terms of the total grant dollars allocated.

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Save the Date. PFC Biennial Conference

Looking Outward: New Horizons for Canadian Philanthropy

Nov 1st-3rd, 2016 in Vancouver
Registration opens soon!

Canadian philanthropy is lifting its sights, and looking outward. The 6th biennial PFC Conference in Vancouver is focusing on this theme of new horizons. Find out more.







The Philanthropic Conversation: A Guide For Professional Financial Advisors 


This guide is based on a series of ten articles originally published by in 2015. and inspired by a unique Canadian research study: The Philanthropic Conversation: Understanding Financial Advisors’ Approaches and High Net Worth Individuals’ Perspectives. The articles have been edited and condensed into this review of Canadian facts, insights, and advice for professional financial advisors.

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Syrian Refugees
and How Funders Can Help

In response to this humanitarian crisis and The Government of Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees (#WelcomeRefugees), you may be wondering...
what can my foundation do to help?

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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.

April 8, 2016
Are Foundations Forever?

March 1, 2016
Opening a Window on Canadian Philanthropy (Part 2)

February 10, 2016
Opening a Window on Canadian Philanthropy

January 5, 2016
Hopes (Not Predictions) for 2016

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Upcoming Events Calendar


April 28, 2016:  1:00 – 2:30 pm
PFC Webinar: 
Working with Indigenous Partners: Essentials

May 12, 2016: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
NCFP Webinar: Diverse and dispersed: Managing a far-flung family

May 25, 2016: 12:00 – 2:30 pm
PFC Webinar:
 Better Proposals, Better Grants: Grantmaking Skills Snapshot

More Events



What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Not Just Cute Faces: Young Grantmakers Are Strengthening Philanthropy

In this blog in GMNsight, author Jen Bokoff argues that young grantmakers have a lot to teach the broader philanthropy sector about practice.

Interesting Reading

Forgetting Failure

June Wang of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation asks how foundations can talk about their failures more regularly, and in ways that truly allow us to learn and improve.

Interesting Reading

Why we (foundations) must stand up for overhead

“It is time to praise overhead, rather than fear it—and family foundations are poised to shift this mindset in the sector…”

Interesting Reading

A Theory of The Foundation

Foundations as institutions are in flux and leaders of both new and established foundations are looking for new frameworks and models to align resources—both internally and with other organizations—and achieve impact at an institutional level.

Interesting Reading

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