PFC is a member association of Canadian grantmakers, including private and public foundations, charities and corporations.



What’s Happening at PFC

2014 Foundation Salary & Benefits Report


This 108-page report (in collaboration with CFC) is available exclusively to PFC 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.

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.

Media Release

President’s Blog

Hilary Pearson, President of PFC, writes periodically about what’s happening in Canadian philanthropy. Visit the blog and get caught up.

February 16, 2014
Thoughts on A Sector in the Fog

January 8, 2015
Looking Back, Looking Forward in 2015

December 7, 2014
What Does it Take for a Community To Be Strong?

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Event Calendar

January 27, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
PFC Member Lunch, Toronto

February 17, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Webinar: Charitable Foundation Governance: Red Flags and Green Lights

February 19, 12:00 – 1:30pm ET
PFC Member Lunch, Montreal

March 11, 12:00 – 1:30pm MT
PFC Member Lunch, Calgary

March 25, 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
Webinar: Planning for Impact and Strategic Clarity

PFC 2015 Symposium, Oct 27-28, Toronto

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A Guide for Directors of Canadian Foundations

This 2014 revised version of the popular PFC governance guide has been redesigned as a user-friendly workbook for current and new directors of Canadian charitable foundations. The updated version features checklists and a new Resource Map to help you find the resources that are most useful to your needs.

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Find session resources, presentation slides, select video clips and conference report on our conference website.

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Top Blogs That Enhance Learning in Philanthropy

Learn Philanthropy is an American website (now supported by the Dorothy Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Michigan) that exists to accelerate learning among newcomers to philanthropy.

Interesting Reading

Thinking about Scaling Social Impact

New Profit Capital (NPC) in the United Kingdom has come out with a new paper Growing Pains: Getting Past the Complexities of Scaling Social Impact NPC notes that even with the collective response of government, voluntary organisations and local communities, civil society hasn’t kept pace with social problems facing the UK.

Interesting Reading

On Children and Youth in Canada

The National Alliance for Children and Youth (NACY) has partnered with The Philanthropist, the online journal on issues of interest to the funding community, to create a special online issue on the state of children and youth.

Interesting Reading

Giving and Volunteering in Canada: New Data from Statistics Canada

At the end of January, Statistics Canada released new data from 2013 providing updated information on rates of giving and volunteering by Canadians. In 2013, 44% of Canadians volunteered their time and almost twice as many (82%) gave money to a charitable or non-profit organization.

Grantmakers Roundup

Possible Canadas

Canada faces big opportunities and big risks. As we approach our 150th anniversary, our strengths and potential are being tested by complex economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental challenges.

Grantmakers Roundup

150Alliance: Marking Canada’s 150th Birthday

In late January Philanthropic Foundations Canada attended the 150Alliance meeting in Ottawa that brought together 90 organizations from across Canada to connect and collaborate on Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

Grantmakers Roundup

PFC on Twitter

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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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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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