PFC Biennial Conference

Looking Outward: New Horizons for Canadian Philanthropy

Nov 1st-3rd, 2016 in Vancouver

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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.

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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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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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(Angela Johnston/CBC)

(Angela Johnston/CBC)

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.

June 13, 2016
First You Build Your Scaffold…

May 12, 2016
New Thinking about Philanthropy and Inequality

April 8, 2016
Are Foundations Forever?

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Upcoming Events Calendar

July 14, 2016: 12:00 – 1:30 pm ET
NCFP Webinar: Social Movements for Good: Family philanthropy fuels change

August 11, 2016: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET
NCFP Webinar: Family Philanthropy and Media Perceptions

September 13, 2016: 12:00 – 1:30 pm MT
PFC Member Lunch: Calgary

September 14, 2016: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
PFC Webinar: Funding Full Cost Accounting

September 21-22, 2016: 9:00am – 4:30 pm ET
PFC Workshop: Directors of Family Foundations, Montreal (in French)

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Effective Philanthropy: Another Take

Effective Philanthropy: Another Take is a collection of 11 stories describing a philanthropic intervention against some form of injustice (socioeconomic and/or political) at a local, national or global scale.

Interesting Reading

Collaboration: 4 Questions to Ask Before You Engage With Network

Funders want to create big change by using networks for social impact. But where to start?

Interesting Reading

Five Windows Into Risk in Family Philanthropy

Learn how family foundations can assess, tame and mitigate philanthropic risk, and even expand their comfort zone to embrace uncertainty.

Interesting Reading

Whaddaya Mean, “Evaluation?”: Mismatched Expectations in Nonprofit Measurement

Ever felt overwhelmed by the different kinds of data gathering approaches to nonprofit evaluation and measurement? This post defines the various approaches to provide clarity to the evaluation process.

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