PFC was created as a nonprofit membership association in 1999 and became a registered charity in 2002. We seek to support Canadian philanthropy and our members by:
PFC is a pan-Canadian advocate and resource for effective organized philanthropy that benefits Canadians and their communities.
PFC promotes the growth and development of effective and responsible foundations and organized philanthropy in Canada through provision of membership services, resources and advocacy.
PFC speaks out on legislative, regulatory and other issues that affect foundations. PFC is in constant contact with legislators, the media, other philanthropic organizations, and the wider voluntary sector. We work to foster a regulatory and public environment that promotes philanthropic giving.
PFC members are part of a larger network of foundations, exploring and sharing ideas, common concerns and strategies, and ways of leveraging resources for greater impact. PFC is also part of an international network of grant maker associations, bringing Canadian foundations the best of what is happening in global philanthropy.
PFC provides answers or guidance to information on topics of interest to grant makers, ranging from governance to the art of grantmaking to evaluation . We also educate members and the public about trends in philanthropy and the voluntary sector in Canada. And we keep members up to date on changes to the laws and regulations governing foundations and the charitable sector.
The members of Philanthropic Foundations Canada are individually and collectively committed to the public good. We believe that public trust in our performance and behaviour is reinforced through the integrity and honesty we demonstrate in all our relationships, dealings and transactions.
Members of PFC adhere to all applicable federal and provincial laws and regulations governing charitable foundations and we commit to acting within the spirit of the law at all times. Our philanthropy is guided by common values and ethical principles. These values and principles have been articulated in our Statement of Values and Ethical Principles, which serves as a frame of reference to support and shape our work.