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.

July 7, 2016
Effective Conversations…Effective Philanthropy

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

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 the Full Cost of Projects

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

More Events



What’s Happening in Philanthropy


RESOURCE: Foundation Maps for Media Funding

Are you a media funder? If so, you will love Foundation Maps for Media Funding, a new, free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

Interesting Reading

RESOURCE: Foundation Centre Revamps IssueLab

The US-based Foundation Center is rolling out a new set of tools designed to help share reports, case studies, evaluations, and other knowledge created by foundations, nonprofits, and university-based research centers.

Interesting Reading

GEO Conference Round Up & Resources Now Available

Access a round-up of all the blog pieces written about the GEO Conference as well as several recorded sessions and presentations featuring fascinating conversations about culture, equity and the role of racism in philanthropy.

Interesting Reading

How CSR Can Serve as an Incubator for Business Ideas

Corporate Social Responsibility strategies can serve as an incubator space where companies can test-pilot projects to be expanded to the business at large.

Interesting Reading

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