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GOOD GOVERNANCE: A Guide for Directors of Canadian Foundations

Updated December 2014 by Hilary Pearson, Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Peter Broder, The Muttart Foundation. This 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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What’s Happening at PFC

Just released
2014 Foundation Salary & Benefits Report


This year, for the first time, Philanthropic Foundations of Canada and Community Foundations of Canada have joined forces to collect and distribute information related to compensation and benefits among the foundations that make up our individual networks. This 108-page report is available exclusively to PFC and CFC 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. We will be updating these profiles with others regularly over the next few months. For more stories on philanthropy in action, visit our Profiles in Philanthropy page.

New Data Shows Canada’s Largest Foundations give over $1 Billion Annually to Canadian Charities

Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Imagine Canada released today the first-ever report 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.

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From the President

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

January 8, 2015
Looking Back, Looking Forward in 2015

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

November 10, 2014
Reflections on the 2014 PFC Conference: Talking and Working Together

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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

PFC 2015 Symposium, Oct 27-28, Toronto

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What’s Happening in Philanthropy


Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

Grantmakers in the U.S. have increased their operating support for grantees, says a report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

Interesting Reading

Measuring Social Impact

The Australian Centre for Social Impact is a collaboration of four universities: the University of New South Wales, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Western Australia and The University of Melbourne. CSI was established through the generosity of the Australian government, four founding corporate supporters and four philanthropic contributions.

Grantmakers Roundup

Community Knowledge Exchange in Toronto: The Journey Continues

The first CKX took place over two days in Toronto in late November. Following are the reflections of Lee Rose, the CKX primary organizer, based at Community Foundations of Canada.

Grantmakers Roundup

Canada’s EcoFiscal Commission

November 4th marked the launch of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission and their inaugural report, Smart, Practical, Possible: Canadian options for greater economic and environmental prosperity, which presents the case for smart, practical, and achievable policies and sets out a roadmap for the work the Commission will undertake over the next five years.

Grantmakers Roundup

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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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