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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Imagining What’s Possible in Rijeka, Croatia

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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.

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Impact Investing: Where’s the Accelerator?

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Cities: A Role for Philanthropy?

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


On Digital Collaboration for Boards

The work of nonprofit boards can be demanding. Volunteer board members are asked to review, comment, and vote upon pages and pages of information. What’s the best way for staff members to compile and share this information with them, and for board directors to make use of it?

Grantmakers Roundup

Funders and Grantees: Talking about Performance

The achievement of funder goals is dependent on the performance of the grantees that they fund. This seems obvious and most foundations and grantees agree that performance is an important area to understand and measure, regardless of the specific area of work.

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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.

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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.

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