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Join a growing network of grantmakers. Connect, collaborate and convene with other funders from across Canada.

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Why Join? 10 Reasons to Become a Member

  • Connect with others in the Canadian grantmaking community
  • Keep current with news and information on best practices in the field
  • Discover opportunities for collaboration with other funders
  • Attend topical conferences and professional development workshops tailored to your specific needs
  • Receive exclusive advisories on tax and regulatory issues
  • Receive complimentary copies of PFC publications and reports
  • Access exclusive research on foundation investment and management practices
  • Access online tools and grantmaker resources in the members’ area of the PFC web site
  • Make a difference by serving on the PFC board and committees
  • Promote the growth of Canadian philanthropy through PFC

To learn more about PFC and the benefits of membership, download our membership information kit.


Benefits of Membership

  • Education and Learning

    icon-join-educationPFC provides educational opportunities on grantmaking practice through its national conferenceswebinars and workshops. Through PFC’s publications, including monthly e-Newsletters, members stay up to date on issues and trends in philanthropy nationally and internationally. As a part of an international network of grantmaker associations, PFC alerts Canadian foundations to what is happening in global philanthropy.

    Have a tax or legal question?

    Confused about CRA rules and regulations? Who is a qualified donee? What is an allowable charitable activity? Need investment benchmark information? If we don’t have the information, we will refer you to someone who does.

    Looking for tools to help you manage your foundation operations?

    We have good governance guidelines, terms of reference for investment and granting committees, and more.

    Looking for tools to help you with your grantmaking?

    We have good grantmaking guidelines, sample grant request applications and reports, agency agreements, grantee approval and decline letters and more.

    Looking for a staff person or have a human resources question?

    We have sample job descriptions, HR policies, salary and benefits benchmark information and we can post your job offer on our website or help you find a HR consultant.

    Need help managing change in your foundation?

    Succession planning? Want to rethink your foundation grantmaking strategy? Looking for a philanthropy consultant? We can suggest resources to help you manage the transition.

  • Research and Knowledge

    icon-join-researchPFC, in collaboration with colleague organizations, produces research on the foundation sector in Canada.

    Looking for foundations that have similar interests or who are engaged in a particular geographical area?

    Poverty? Youth? Environment? International development? By province? We can do the research for you.

    Have a query that you would like to put to your PFC peers?

    Let us know and we can get it out to the network and we can provide customized support to help you find the information you need.

  • Connection and Collaboration

    icon-join-connectionPFC members belong to a national network of grantmakers, exploring and sharing ideas and strategies.

    Want to inform our membership about a project, program or issue you are working on?

    Share your story: we will edit & design the story for you and post it on our website or feature it in our monthly newsletter.

    New to philanthropy?

    Need current information on the sector? Consult our monthly newsletter, participate in our professional development webinars, workshops and biennial philanthropy conference to connect with other foundation directors, trustees and staff.

  • Representation and Advocacy

    icon-join-advocacyPFC is a voice for our members on legislative, regulatory and other issues that affect the philanthropic sector.

Questions? Contact Liza Goulet at

For information about membership dues and how to apply click on Apply Now.

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Added Value

As a member, you save money and get access to important resources at a lower rate for all PFC events and publications.

Alliance Magazine Subscription


PFC partners with Alliance Magazine to offer members a 20% discount on subscriptions. Alliance is a global resource for philanthropy and social investment professionals worldwide. It provides news and analysis of what’s happening in this sector and is the only quarterly magazine of its kind with a global focus. You can discover more about Alliance on their website,

Reduced Conference Rates


PFC collaborates with colleague organizations to bring you reduced rates to conferences for the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network and Community Foundations of Canada.