The context for Canadian philanthropy is changing rapidly. Funders are connecting through digital, personal, local, and global channels, leading to creative collaboration among funders and with community partners. And these collaborations are accelerating change in communities.

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The 7th biennial PFC conference will explore these themes of connection, creativity and social change, bringing together communities of shared goals and practices to learn together.

The conference program will feature a mix of session formats,with plenty of time for discussion, informal conversation and networking with peers.

  • Breakout Sessions: An intensive program of interactive breakout sessions during the two days of the conference will give you a chance to hear from other members of the PFC community, on topics such as civic engagement, policy change, public benefit journalism, generational leadership, gender, and diversity, and many others…
  • Plenary Sessions: Leaders from Canada, Europe and elsewhere will provoke your thinking on power, gender, generational change and impact.
  • Table Talks: Short table talks will offer informal exchanges and fresh perspectives from thought leaders within and outside philanthropy.

Schedule at a glance

PFC Conference 2018, October 16 – October 18, 2018
at the Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto

Tuesday, October 16th 
9:00 to 5:00 pmConference Registration
9:00 to 5:00 pmPre-conference Meetings
5:00 to 6:30 pmOpening Conversation: Populism, Citizen
Engagement and Philanthropy
6:30 to 8:00 pmWelcome Reception - Wine & Cheese
Wednesday, October 17th 
7:45amBuffet Breakfast
7:45amOrientation for New Members or
First-Time Conference Attendees
9:15 to 11:00 amPlenary Session
The World of European Philanthropy
11:00 to 11:30 amNetworking Break
11:30 am to 12:45 pmBuffet Lunch
11:30 am to 12:45 pmSite Visit to YWCA Toronto
1:00 to 2:15 pmPlenary Session
Philanthropy’s Work: Empowering Women and Girls
2:15 to 2:45 pmNetworking Break
2:45 to 4:00 pmBreak-out Sessions
1. Finding and Funding the Value in
Philanthropy Infrastructure
2. Behind the Headlines: Exploring the
role of cross-sector organizing and
philanthropy in achieving major policy
3. Creative Forces for Change: Leveraging
philanthropic experience, capacity and
resources to enhance the contributions of
4. Righting Relations: How Building Deep
Relationships and Trust Leads to True
5. Foundations Partnering for Reconciliation
6. Learning from the “Old World”: Exploring
the Issues and Strategies of European
4:00 to 4:15 pmShuffle Time
4:15 to 5:30 pmBreak-out Sessions
7. Moving Dollars Upstream for Food and
Healthcare Systems Change
8. What’s New in the World of Charity
9. How Organized Philanthropy Can Create
Impact Internationally
10. Building Foundation Strategies: The
Contribution of the Academy
11. The Intersection of Philanthropy and
Public Interest Journalism
12. Philanthropy’s Leadership Transition:
Intergenerational Dialogue Circles
7:00 to 9:00 pmDinner and Entertainment
Thursday, October 18th 
7:45 to 9:15 amPlated Breakfast and Plenary Session
The possibilities and pitfalls of evidence-based philanthropy
9:15 to 9:45 amBreak
9:45 to 11:00 amBreak-out Sessions

13. Philanthropy as civic engagement
14. Philanthropy for Impact: Betting on
15. Diversity and The Role of Philanthropy: The
Way Forward?
16. Unlocking the Potential of Canada’s
Young People
17. Unpacking Impact Investing: Learning
from Experience
18. Data for impact: what should be shared,
with whom, and who should decide?

11:00 to 11:30 amBreak
11:30 to 12:45 pmPlenary Session
New Perspectives on Making Social Change
1:00 to 2:00 pmLunch and Table Talks
2:15 to 3:15 pmPlenary Session
Debate on Private Philanthropy and Public Accountability
3:30 pmConference close

Contact: Ines Chaalala, Manager of Learning and Knowledge Mobilization