About PFC

We promote the growth and development of effective and responsible grantmakers in Canada through provision of membership services, resources and advocacy.

Who we are

We are a member association of Canadian grantmakers, including private and public foundations, charities and corporations. Created in 1999, we became a registered charity in 2002.

We seek to support our members and organized philanthropy by encouraging public policies that sustain the sector, by increasing awareness of philanthropy’s contribution to the well-being of Canadians, and by providing opportunities for funders to learn from each other.

What we do

We provide a voice for organized philanthropy, assist in building a professional network for our thought-leaders, and inform on good practice.


We speak out on legislative,
regulatory and other issues
that affect foundations.


We convene a funder network
where we discuss ideas, common
concerns and strategies.


We provide guidance in
grantmaking, governance,
and funder practices.

Statement of values and
ethical principles

The members of Philanthropic Foundations Canada are individually and collectively committed to the public good. We believe that public trust in our performance and behaviour is reinforced through the integrity and honesty we demonstrate in all our relationships, dealings and transactions.

Members of PFC adhere to all applicable federal and provincial laws and regulations governing charitable foundations and we commit to acting within the spirit of the law at all times. Our philanthropy is guided by common values and ethical principles. These values and principles have been articulated in this statement, which serves as a frame of reference to support and shape our work.

Board and staff

Our Board is made up of members elected from across our network.


President & CEO


Executive Director
Medavie Health Foundation

About our members

View a list of our members and an overview of assets,
grants and funding areas.

Annual reports

We are committed to transparency and are proud to share our annual report as well as our audited annual financial statements.