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.
The Philanthropic Conversation: A Guide For Professional Financial Advisors
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.
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.
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.
- Applying for registration
How to apply, the review process, how to decide if registration is right for you, and more
- Registered charity vs. non-profit organization
Definitions and examples
- Operating a registered charity
Information for directors and trustees about the obligations of operating a registered charity
- Charities Listings
A searchable list of Canadian charities with information about their finances and activities
- About registered charities
Learn about the regulation of charities and more
- Making a donation
Learn who can issue official receipts, which gifts qualify, how to help disaster victims, and how to avoid fraud
- Claiming charitable tax credits
Learn how to calculate and claim your charitable tax credit and more