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



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

cover-negotiating-donor-agreements-enEducation 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. The purpose of this toolkit is to give grantmakers a practical understanding of the key components of a donor agreement with a post-secondary educational institution and to provide some specific examples and models of donor agreements shared by PFC members.

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Assets & Giving Trends of Canada’s Grantmaking Foundations


This 32-page research report, co-authored by PFC and Imagine, profiles the assets and giving trends of Canada’s 150 largest grantmaking foundations and ten largest community foundations. The report provides information about the growth in assets and grants over a ten-year period from 2002 to 2012. It also provides a breakdown of the distribution of grants by funding area. Highlights of the report are found in the 6-page Key Facts and Figures. This is the first in a planned annual series of reports on the activities of Canada’s grantmaking foundations.

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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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New Member Benefit for 2014!

The confidential searchable database for the exclusive use of PFC members. Search quickly and easily for PFC members by name of the foundation, geographic region or funding interests.

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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.

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

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

July 14, 2014
Collective Impact: A Road Not Taken (Yet)

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


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.

Interesting Reading

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

Granting To Improve Philanthropy

A group of seven US funders has created the Fund for Shared Insight, a pool of financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy.

Grantmakers Roundup

Granting to Human Rights

Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group have launched an interactive website designed to advance knowledge and facilitate strategic decision-making in the field of human rights philanthropy.

Grantmakers Roundup

Strong Investment Returns for Foundations in FY13

Investment returns for U.S. private foundations rose to an average 15.6 percent (net of fees) in fiscal year 2013, up from 12 percent in FY12, according to the 2013 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Investments for Private Foundations (CCSF).

Grantmakers Roundup

PFC on Twitter

2 PFC members share ways they interact @ donor & personal level in civil society as pt of plenary w/ @p2173 #PFC2014
Participants at #PFC2014 Conference "working together" to explore digital civil society

Profiles in Philanthropy



Graham Boeckh Foundation

A Holistic Approach for Youth Mental Health

When it comes to serving the needs of youth with mental illness, Canada is falling short. In Canada, more than 70 per cent of people with a mental health problem or illness are struck when they are young – in adolescence and early adulthood.

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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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