Starting a Foundation

PFC cannot offer advice or services for setting up a foundation nor advice or services for grant seekers. PFC does not publish information beyond what is available on this web site. 

If you are looking for funding please direct your queries to Imagine Canada and consult Grant Connect. If you are looking for information on establishing a fundraising foundation contact the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Starting a Foundation: A Guide for Philanthropists

3rd edition, revised 2015


This popular guide has been updated and addresses personal and practical questions for would-be philanthropists to help them decide on the option of starting a foundation of their own.

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The Philanthropic Conversation: A Guide For Professional Financial Advisors 

February 2016fam-advisor-booklet

This guide provides advice for professional financial advisors to guide them in their philanthropic discussions with clients. Based on a series of articles inspired by a unique Canadian research study: The Philanthropic Conversation: Understanding Financial Advisors’ Approaches and High Net Worth Individuals’ Perspectives. 

Read the guide

More Information on Starting a Foundation

Looking to set up a foundation? If you are considering a private foundation, you should consult a charity lawyer. If you are considering setting up a fundraising foundation contact The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) which is an international organization that supports ethical and effective fundraising practice.  AFP Canada has 16 chapters in Canada. Visit the web site and consult their resources section.

Looking for funding? Imagine Canada is a national organization which offers programs and resources that help strengthen charities and their operations. To identify and target potential funders consult their Grant Connect database.

CRA Resources

Looking to register a charity or foundation? Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charities and giving section on their web site contains information and resources for applying and managing a registered charity as well as resources for donors.

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