Canadian philanthropy is undergoing a major shift against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed the way we work, the organizations and people we work with, and what we choose to focus on. As we are slowly moving from emergency response to recovery and rebuilding, the challenges that lie ahead of all of us are complicated and diverse in nature.

How are foundations operating in the context of calls for increased accountability, transparency and more giving? How has philanthropy stepped up to better serve diverse communities? What have we learned about funder collaborations? And where is Canadian philanthropy at with climate action and how can it increase the scale and impact of measures to address the climate crisis?

These are some of the questions we will try to answer during this year’s online annual conference!


Thursday, November 4 
12:30 pm- 1 pmWelcome
1 pm- 2 pmReconciliation in action: turning commitments into tangible results in the philanthropic community
2 pm - 2:15 pmBreak
2:15 pm - 3:45 pmPhilanthropy working in support of Black communities: how did the sector react to and learn from the report, Unfunded ?
Friday, November 5 
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmFoundations directly funding non-qualified donees: the what, the how and the why
1:45 pm - 2 pmBreak
2 pm - 3 pmA journey for funders: the connection between personal inner wellbeing and social change
3 pm - 3:15 pmBreak
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmReserved for PFC members only
Reimagining philanthropy's footprint: commitments to fighting inequality
Tuesday, November 9 
12:30 pm - 2 pmInvesting in the future
2 pm - 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm - 4 pmJointly hosted by PFC, CFC, EFC
Canadian Philanthropy Commitment on Climate Change launch event: philanthropic climate action from getting started to demonstrating climate leadership
4 pm - 4:15 pmBreak
4:15 pm - 5:15 pmA shared data strategy for funders: advancing transparency, accountability and equity
Wednesday, November 10 
12 pm - 1:30 pmPhilanthropy and democracy: re-imagining the media landscape
1:30 pm - 3 pmBreak
3 pm - 4:15 pmWhat's next for philanthropy?
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmBreak
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmClosing