Each year, we offer a wide variety of events for members and non-member grantmaking organizations to assist with professional development and peer learning opportunities.

In addition, PFC hosts a yearly gathering of leaders in the philanthropic sector from Canada and across the world to exchange ideas, learn from each other and discuss important issues facing our communities.

PFC 2019 Symposium in Calgary

Wednesday, October 16 and 17th, 2019

Save the Date

Join PFC and your colleagues for its biennial Symposium in Calgary at the Hyatt Regency. More info to come, but you will not want to miss it so mark your calendar.


Addressing climate risk and investing in a low-carbon future across asset classes

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM EDT

Join us for an insightful webinar looking at different approaches foundations can take to addressing climate risk and investing in a low-carbon future across your portfolio. The webinar will include information on:

The importance of a portfolio-wide approach to addressing climate risk and opportunities
The range of strategies and tools available to foundations from divestment to engagement and clean energy
Real life stories from different foundations of their own experiences addressing climate change in their investments

This webinar is part of Foundation Investing 2.0 — a joint initiative of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Community Foundations of Canada and Philanthropic Foundations of Canada with implementation support from Rally Assets and the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE).


Gender Lens Philanthropy

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 1:00 PM until 2:15 PM EDT

What does it mean to a foundation to apply a “gender lens” to their work? Why might this be important to learn about even if your foundation does not specifically fund women and girls? PFC is planning a series of activities to support foundations to learn about and apply a gender lens in their work.

This webinar, delivered with the guidance of Juniper Glass, a consultant to many organizations on gender work, will introduce you to the strategies that funders can use to foster gender equity, internally through operations and governance, and externally through their grantmaking and investments. We will hear about examples from Canada and around the world.

PFC Member Networking Meeting in Toronto

Crossing the Generations: Transitions in Family Foundations

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 12:15 PM until 2:00 PM EST, Foundation House, Toronto

This workshop is open to family foundations only

Join us over lunch for an informal conversation among family foundations about the experiences of families and foundation boards as they negotiate transitions in governance and move towards including the next generation at the board table. We will share experiences of a family foundation that now includes four generations successfully on its board, and from a former staff leader of a family foundation who has worked with many other families on intergenerational succession and transition. This session will be especially valuable for younger members of family foundation boards but staff leaders are also welcome!

Discussion Leaders: Amanda Mayer, Director, Lawson Foundation and Nancy Rosenfeld, former President of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

Come join us for this important conversation!

CEGN Conference

Maximizing Philanthropy’s Impact for a Sustainable Future

May 7-9, 2019
Kingbridge Conference Centre and Institute, King City, Ontario

CFC Conference

All in 2019

June 6-8, 2019
Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC

CEGN, an affinity group of PFC, is holding its 2019 annual conference from May 7th to 9th in Ontario. The event is open to all philanthropic funders and government organizations with funding programs. PFC Members are invited to register at the CEGN Member rate and the early-bird discount ends April 1st!

NCFP Webinar

Impact Investing: Dipping Your Toes or Going All In

Thursday April 18, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (EST)

Impact investing – which seeks a specific environmental, social or governance return above and beyond a strictly financial return – can be a particularly valuable tool for foundations and donor advised funds that seek to align their investments with their grantmaking mission. An increasing number of giving families are exploring impact investing, dedicating either a small portion or, in some cases, all of their assets to this approach. This webinar will discuss this investing approach, and share perspectives and examples from families who have made this choice.

Reserved for PFC family foundation members.

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