A Portrait of Canadian Foundation Philanthropy

Have you wondered about broader trends and practices in the Canadian foundation landscape?

PFC, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), has prepared a profile of the practices of philanthropic foundations in Canada. The study is part of a collaborative global effort led by researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University. Through this study, we are becoming better informed about Canadian foundations and their comparisons with peers across the world.

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PFC 2017 Symposium

Listen. Learn. Act.
The Opportunities for Canadian Philanthropy

October 17-18 in Montréal
at the Omni Mont-Royal

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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.

September 18, 2017
2017: The Year We Talk About Listening and Belonging?

August 14, 2017
Thoroughly Modern Charities

July 4, 2017
Summer 2017: Time To Read!

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Upcoming Events Calendar

Oct 17th & 18th, 2017
PFC Symposium: Listen, Learn, Act. The Opportunities for Canadian Philanthropy.

Tuesday, October 17th (12:30 pm – 1:45 pm)
Let’s Take a Walk – Canada’s Philanthropy Support Landscape
Omni Hotel (1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal) Lunch Included.

Thursday, October 19th (12:00 pm – 1:15pm)
Let’s Take a Walk – Canada’s Philanthropy Support Landscape
Omni Hotel (1050 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal) Lunch Included.

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy

Does Big Philanthropy Threaten Democracy? A Dialogue on The Givers

In this piece Sean Parnell, vice president for public policy at The Philanthropy Roundtable, and David Callahan, author of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age engage in a debate about the book.

Managing Across Differences in Divisive Times

In this Center for Effective Philanthropy blog post, Grace Nicolette shares insights on how funders can stand up and speak out strongly against tyranny AND do the critical — yet often tremendously hard — work of reaching out across lines of difference to those with whom they don’t agree, or even with those who hate them.

Reconciliation in Philanthropy: Learning by Doing

In this article published in The Philanthropist, Itoah Scott-Enns, Director of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, urges funders to follow commitments to reconciliation with action and to not let fear of doing it “wrong” thwart progress.

VIDEO: National Thought Table on Reconciliation

On May 10, the National Thought Table on Reconciliation gathered several leaders for an open and engaging roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities for reconciliation in Canada.

Federal Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy

The Government of Canada bringing together 15 leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields to develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy to support the social enterprise sector and the social economy in Canada.

RESOURCE: A Philanthropist’s Guide to the Future

This report, presented by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, summarizes and reflects on the results of a survey and interviews with social impact professionals about how philanthropy is changing.