Listen. Learn. Act.
The Opportunities for Canadian Philanthropy

October 17-18 in Montréal
at the Omni Mont-Royal

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Special Feature: Studying Philanthropy in Canada: from benevolence to impact

Hilary Pearson and Dr. Jean-Marc Fontan discuss the state of philanthropic research in Canada and the three forces that are catalyzing more philanthropy scholarship and training in Canada today: digitization, demographics and diversity.  This piece is in a special issue of Alliance Magazine on Philanthropy Scholarship and Practice – Bridging the Divide.

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Philanthropy and Reconciliation


Organized philanthropy is in a unique position to support Canada’s efforts towards reconciliation and to shape a future that is inclusive and respectful for everyone.

Visit our page to find resources and more information to help you take action.


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Paul Lacerte, member of the Carrier First Nation in northern BC, presents a Cowichan woven blanket as a gift to PFC Chair, Laura Manning, and PFC President, Hilary Pearson, at the PFC Vancouver Conference 2016.

What Are The SDGs and Why do They Matter

Over the next year, PFC will be working closely with members and partners to help you use the SDGs as a framework for your grantmaking. If you would like to learn more about each goal and how it may apply to your grantmaking, consult our page were we have outlined numerous resources to guide you.


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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.

April 11, 2017
Uncertainty and Proximity: A Challenge for Philanthropy

February 28, 2017
Raising Philanthropy’s Voice

February 9 , 2017
The Two-Way Street

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Upcoming Events Calendar

May 23rd, 2017, 1:00 – 2:15pm
Webinar: The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals: Priming the Pump for Philanthropy Here at Home

June 1st, 2017, 1:00-2:15 pm
Webinar: Funder’s Guide to working with Government

June 14th, 2017, 12:15-1:15 pm
PFC Annual General Meeting – Toronto

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PFC In Action

January, 2017
NEW: What Are the SDGs and Why They Matter

November, 2016
ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing First Philanthropy Fellow in Canada

October, 2016
NEW: The annual snapshot of Canadian Grantmaking Foundations

October, 2016
NEW REPORT: Small Foundations, Outsized Impact

What’s Happening in Philanthropy

RESOURCE: Advocacy Funder Collaboratives

Grantcraft has issued a new set of resources authored by Cindy Gibson that aims to put advocacy funder collaboratives in perspective through the candid, practical wisdom of seasoned grantmakers.

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Lessons from Family Philanthropy: Rockefeller Brothers Fund at 75

Launching family foundations is often the expression of donors’ desires to establish a lasting legacy and instill in future generations the importance of giving. Read the history of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in this new post in the NCFP series.

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REPORT: Family Ties: Multigenerational Family Foundation Board Engagement

This CEP publication highlights governance practices and structures that these family foundations have created to maintain family involvement; select, orient, and engage family members across generations; and keep the board and foundation focused on impact.

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REPORT: A Date Certain: Lessons from Limited Life Foundations

Across foundations, perpetuity is still seen to be the default, and there is considerable uncertainty about the practice of spending down. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) decided to interview leaders of 11 limited life foundations to learn more about their decision and journey towards spending down and published the results in this report.

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Center for Effective Philanthropy Conference 2017

The CEP conference featured discussions on the reconsideration of where foundations can do their most effective work given the current political context.

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Report: Peer To Peer: At The Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy

From where do you get the information you need as a funder to improve or change your practices? Not surprisingly, most often it is from a peer or colleague.

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