Registration is Open!

Join us in Toronto on October 27 and 28 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel for the 2015 PFC Symposium.



Just released!
Emerging Data Practices for the Philanthropic Sector

The “brave new world” of digital data is about numbers, images, stories and content... anything that can be digitized and therefore shared, manipulated and used to create more knowledge and better practice. To help us understand the possibilities and the pitfalls of digital data for philanthropy, PFC and PoweredbyData have created a guide to introduce grantmakers to emerging data practices in the nonprofit sector.

Download the full guide in PDF format.

Good news for foundations in the 2015 federal budget

PFC welcomes the federal budget announcement by the Minister of Finance that charities will now be allowed to invest in limited partnerships. This change will enable foundations and other charities to diversify their portfolio risk and optimize their returns for the benefit of the community.

Read the Statement

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

good-grantmaking-cover-2015-sml-enJust released – Good Grantmaking: A Guide for Canadian Foundations, revised 2015 edition

This guide cites a number of good grantmaking practices employed by Canadian foundations. The 2015 edition has been revised considerably to offer more useful templates and checklists to guide you in your grantmaking. Available to members in the member area.

PFC is looking for a communications director

If you are fully bilingual with superior writing and communications skills and interested in philanthropy or the nonprofit sector, please view the job description.

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Advocacy for Early Childhood Education

Eight PFC members have come together to publish an open letter to Canada’s political leaders to make the case for public investment in early childhood education. They argue that early childhood education is a must-have element in building a more prosperous country. Two of these members, the Atkinson Foundation and the Lawson Foundation published an opinion piece in the Toronto Star on July 17.

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President’s Blog

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

October 8, 2015
Advocacy: An Underestimated Tool?

September 8, 2015
A Case for Voice: Foundations on the Stage

Visit the Blog

Event Calendar

September 16, noon – 1:30pm ET
PFC member lunch in Montreal

September 30, noon – 1:30pm ET
PFC member lunch in Toronto

October 27, 9:00am – 4:00 pm ET, Toronto
Essential Skills and Strategies for Grantmakers


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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Towards a New Gospel of Wealth

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has written a deeply thoughtful essay on the roots and the role of philanthropy in an unequal society.

Interesting Reading

Outsized Impact

Exponent Philanthropy, which represents small foundations in the United States (small defined by assets or by number of staff) has regularly collected and shared stories of what it calls “outsized impact”.

Interesting Reading

A Model for Social Innovation

One of the issues that many foundations grapple with is how to find social innovations that can be replicated and scaled up.

Grantmakers Roundup

Funding Philanthropic Infrastructure

Philanthropists and nonprofits depend every day on organizations that serve the needs of the field.

Grantmakers Roundup

PFC on Twitter

Hilary Pearson @PhilanthropyCDA investing in LP can "unlock hundreds of millions of dollars for social finance investments in the community"ReplyRetweetFavorite
Federal budget 2015 announces foundations can invest in limited partnerships. A win win for foundations and community