Grantmakers and Government: The Possibilities for Partnership
Thursday, June 01, 2017
1:00 – 2:15pm ET
The history of Foundations working with governments goes back to some 100 years ago. It is not a new phenomenon, and is inspired by each wanting to make a difference in the community they serve, albeit from different perspectives. As Canadian foundations become increasingly sophisticated and government’s evolving nature pushes it to seek out new partners in making an impact, the scope and number of foundation-government partnerships have grown.
This webinar will provide an overview of PFC’s recent discussion paper, Grantmakers and Government: The Possibilities for Partnership. It will review the historic context of this relationship, the evolving context within which foundations and governments are operating, and teases out some key paradoxes inherent in this relationship. It will also review some practical ways of approaching and undertaking this work, and highlight some examples of foundation-government partnerships.
Speaker: Sheherazade Hirji
Sheherazade Hirji is the author of Grantmakers and Government: The Possibilities for Partnership. She recently stepped down as Interim President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, having previously served on the Board of the Foundation for 5 years.
Sheherazade has worked in the philanthropic sector for the past 28 years, and held a variety of executive positions at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Tides Canada. She has worked as a consultant to private, family, public and corporate foundations on a variety of issues from strategic philanthropy and program evaluation. In her volunteer capacity, she recently completed membership on National Committee of Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and was appointed President of the Ismaili Community in Ontario in 2012.