Membership Criteria

Membership in PFC is open to foundations, charities and corporate giving programs whose primary
function and activity is charitable grantmaking.

Members have voting rights and their representative is eligible to take office in the Association.
Membership is valid for one year from January to December.

Members must adhere to the PFC Statement of Values and Ethical Principles and to the PFC non-solicitation policy (see page How to Join).

Membership in PFC is open to a Canadian registered charity or organization which is a:

  • PRIVATE FOUNDATION

    Registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

  • PUBLIC FOUNDATION OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION
    • Registered with the CRA (if public foundation or charitable organization)
    • Has an assured source of income1 (not less than 50% of total income) that is not dependent on annual appeals for funds
    • Makes gifts to multiple qualified donees (“broad public benefit”)
    • Operates a direct grant program of at least $50,000 per year

    Note 1: At least 50% of income must be derived from assured sources including:

    • Interest and dividends on investments
    • Rent from land or property owned by the foundation or organization
    • Spending of capital
    • Regular, long-term donations, committed over at least three years from one or more companies or individuals
  • CORPORATE GIVING PROGRAM
    • Is within a publicly traded for-profit corporation or a non-profit corporation
    • Makes gifts to multiple donees (“broad public benefit”)
    • Has a direct grant program of at least $50,000 per year
  • GOVERNMENT GRANTMAKER
    • Independent, not-for-profit organization or government agency operating at arms-length.
    • Makes gifts to multiple donees (“broad public benefit”)
    • Operates a direct grant program of at least $50,000 per year
    • The Board of directors is governed by a majority of directors who are not public servants or government officials
    • Has an assured source of income (guaranteed funding)
  • INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP

    For non-Canadian organizations or foundations (in the US and UK) that operate similarly to Canadian foundations and meet PFC’s general membership requirements who want to familiarize themselves with granting rules or connect with colleagues in Canada.