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 now open!

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.

May 12, 2016
New Thinking about Philanthropy and Inequality

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

Visit the Blog

Upcoming Events Calendar


May 25, 2016: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
PFC Webinar:
 Better Proposals, Better Grants: Grantmaking Skills Snapshot

June 1, 2016: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
PFC Member Lunch: Montreal

June 9, 2016: 12:00 – 1:30 pm 
NCFP Webinar: Making big bets for big results


More Events



What’s Happening in Philanthropy


The Green Shield Canada Foundation: A Collaboration Checklist

Through lessons learned from the Health Innovation Collaborative (HIC), The Green Shield Canada Foundation (GSCF) has created a collaboration checklist that they hope will be useful for others.

Interesting Reading

Snapshot of the Canadian Charity Sector 2014

Blumberg has posted a snapshot of the Canadian charity sector, to provide a better understanding of its size, scope, and complexity.

Interesting Reading

REPORT: System Change Agents: A profile of public policy-focused grantmaking foundations

There is a growing realization by public and private foundations alike, that downstream community issues are not isolated from upstream policy and regulatory practices. Download this paper profiling the engagement of Canadian grantmaking foundations in public policy.

Interesting Reading

Are you a learning and sharing foundation?

For those foundations that aspire to advance knowledge, disseminate it and ultimately create change by affecting the work of others, check out this handy checklist and see how you score.

Interesting Reading

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