PFC Biennial Conference

Looking Outward: New Horizons for Canadian Philanthropy

Nov 1st-3rd, 2016 in Vancouver

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)

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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.

September 27, 2016
An Agenda for Canadian Philanthropy

September 7, 2016
Reflections on “More Than Money” Grantmaking

July 7, 2016
Effective Conversations…Effective Philanthropy

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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 22, 2016: 8:30am – 5:00 pm ET
PFC Workshop: Directors of Family Foundations, Montreal (in French)

More Events



What’s Happening in Philanthropy


What is placemaking?

The J.W. McConnell Foundation along with many other Canadian partners is supporting an effort to envision a place-led future for cities around the world.

Interesting Reading

Foundations, Charities and Policy Advocacy

Read this brief that explores how the charitable sector would like its public policy advocacy to be valued and regulated by Canadian governments.

Interesting Reading

Confronting the 4 Myths of Impact Investing

Exploring some of the myths which may be posing barriers to foundations that want to engage more deeply in impact investing.

Interesting Reading
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Foundations Will Pay for This?

Is the foundation field actually beginning to move beyond the so-called “overhead myth”?

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