Changing Philanthropy: New Visions, New Voices
The PFC conference Changing Philanthropy: New Visions, New Voices in Toronto from October 2-4, 2011 welcomed close to 300 participants. We heard many excellent presentations from our plenary speakers, workshop panelists and facilitators. The plenary speeches are available below. Other conference materials, including panelist presentations where available, are posted for conference participants only.
The conference videos provide excerpts from the conference plenary speeches. Full text of speeches where available are posted below.
Keynote speech Susan Berresford, former President of the Ford Foundation (U.S.)
Moderator: Sandy Houston, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Panelists: Tim Brodhead, formerly of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation [notes]
Andrew Barnett, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK)
Review some conference highlights and discussions with a look at our blog.
The conference featured 16 concurrent sessions on various topics in philanthropy. These sessions were organized into five tracks, listed below. The titles reflect the themes and issues discussed in each track. Where available, we have posted the presentations that were made by panelists. These links are password protected as the materials are reserved for conference participants and PFC members.
Track A: Working Together in New Ways: Networks, Collaboration and Cross-Sectoral Partnerships
A1 All Hands on Deck: Building a Strong Collaboration
Moderator: Peter Paul, ALLIES/Maytree [presentation]
Panelists: Scott Mullin, TD Bank Financial Group; Anthony Meehan, Canada’s Top 100 Employers Project; Dana Vocisano, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
A3 Collaborations that Help Build Capacity: A Corporate Perspective
Moderator: James Temple, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada Foundation [presentation]
Panelists: Diane Solinger, Entrepreneurs Foundation Sarah Saso, Green Shield Canada Foundation
A4 The End of Lone Ranger Philanthropy?
Moderator: Blair Dimock, Ontario Trillium Foundation [presentation]
Panelists: Marc Langlois, Skipping Stones Consulting, Mark Blumberg, Blumberg Segal LLP; Tracey Robertson, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Track B: Tackling Complex Problems: New Thinking and Approaches to the Challenges Facing Canadian Society
B1 Cultivating Aboriginal Leadership: The Power and Potential of Investing in People
Moderator: Stephen Huddart, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Panelists: Elisha Muskat, Ashoka Canada; Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation; Mark Podlasly, Action Canada Fellow [presentation]
B2 More than a Drop in the Bucket: Funders and Global Water Issues
Moderator: Tim Morris, Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation
Panelists: Shari Austin, RBC Foundation; Danielle Valiquette, One Drop Foundation; Connie Wansbrough, Harbinger Foundation
B3 Leveraging Impact: Philanthropy’s Role in Public Policy
Moderator: Colette Murphy, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Panelists: Matthew Mendelsohn, Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation; Sandy Houston, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation; Allan Northcott, Max Bell Foundation; Frances Lankin, Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario
B4 Cast in a Supporting Role: Private Philanthropy in the Arts
Moderator: Michael Jones, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
Panelists: Nichole Anderson, Business for the Arts; Ross Manson, Volcano; Phyllis Novak, SKETCH; Jason Samolski-Zanette Singh, Ontario Trillium Foundation
Track C: Looking at the Big Picture in Philanthropy: New Thinking and Emerging Players
C1 Risky Innovator or Pragmatic Incrementalist: Is there Room for Both?
Moderator: Sheherazade Hirji, Tides Canada Foundation
Panelists: Susan V. Berresford, formerly of the Ford Foundation; Susan Raymond, Changing Our World; Shira Herzog, Kahanoff Foundation
C2 Social Finance: From Theory to Practice
Moderator: Allyson Hewitt, SiG@MaRS
C3 Next Generation Leadership: Investing in the Future
Moderator: Robin Cardozo, Ontario Trillium Foundation [resources]
Panelists: Lynne Toupin, formerly of Human Resources Council for the NonProfit Sector; Julian Caspari, Schools Without Borders; John Fox, Laidlaw Foundation
C4 Research Partnerships: New Kids on the R&D Block?
Moderator: Peter Warrian, Lupina Foundation
Track D: Using Knowledge for Change: How we Assess, Measure, Share and Disseminate our Work
D1 Beyond the Silver Bullet: Getting Serious about Social Change
Moderator: Joanne Duhl, The Philanthropic Initiative (Boston)
Panelists: Mark Kramer, FSG (Boston) ; Eric Leviten-Reid, Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement [presentation]
D2 Beyond Social Media: Engaging Community
Moderator: Marco Campana, Maytree
Panelist: Allison Fine, The Networked Non-Profit (U.S.) [presentation]
Track E: Managing 2.0: Keeping Informed on the Management Basics of Philanthropy
E1 What’s New in the World of Charity Regulation?
Moderator: Hilary Pearson, PFC
Panelists: Cathy Hawara, Charities Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency; Susan Manwaring, Miller Thomson LLP [presentation]; Adam Aptowitzer, Drache Aptowitzer LLP
E2 Navigating Volatility: Investing and Disbursing in an Uncertain Market
Moderator: Sheila Norman, CGOV Foundation [presentation]
Panelists: Malcolm Burrows, Scotia Private Client Group; Donald Walcot, The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; Howard Davidson, R. Howard Webster Foundation
2011 Conference Videos
The 2011 PFC Conference featured an exceptional line-up of plenary speakers and panelists. Excerpts of their presentations are presented in the following videos.
The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, spoke about Canada as a nation of givers and about the collaborative philanthropy of Canadians beginning with First Nations leaders and Samuel de Champlain.
National Chief Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations urged us to return to the shared dream of First Nations and other Canadians that gave expression to the spirit of partnership at the earliest days of contact.
Susan Raymond of Changing Our World asked what do we mean by philanthropy, answering that we are moving to a new definition around the mobilization of capital for the societal commons.
Tim Brodhead talked of the difficulties of “partnering” among civil society, government and philanthropy and urged the audience to share the risks, and support innovation, especially by bringing assets beyond money to the table.
Mark Kramer of FSG Social Impact Advisors talked of the difference between giving away money well and solving complex social challenges.
Susan Berresford former President of the Ford Foundation listed the seven qualities of excellent foundation trustees.
Anthony Tomei in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Mark Kramer in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Tim Brodhead and Andrew Barnett
Tim Brodhead and Andrew Barnett in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Susan Berresford and Susan Raymond
Susan Berresfrod and Susan Raymond in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Susan Berresford and Susan Raymond
Susan Berresford and Susan Raymond in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Allison Hewitt in conversation with Patrick Johnston.
Allison Fine in conversation with Patrick Johnston.