PFC Events

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.


Fast Forward: Harnessing the Power of Philanthropy to Build a Better Tomorrow

The event will serve PFC members and the broader philanthropic community to pause, reflect, and plan ahead. PFC will offer a Young Professionals Pricing to encourage the change-makers, innovators of tomorrow to be part of the conversation today. The overarching themes of this 3-days programming will be as follows:

Simultaneous Translation offered in all panels and plenaries

Schedule at a glance (Eastern Timezone)


11:30-12:30 PM: In conversation with Senator Ratna Omidvar (Plenary);

1:00-3:00 PM: Anti-Racism at The Heart of the COVID-19 Response: Tools and Approaches For Foundations (Workshop);

3:30-4:45 PM: Philanthropy and COVID-19: The Urgency of Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion From The Inside Out.



9:30-11:00 AM: Foundation Investing 2.0: Impact Aligned Portfolios, Director’s Questions Answered (French – Workshop);

11:30-1:00 PM: Sustainable Finance – Accelerating The Transition To a Sustainable Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Panel Discussion);

1:30-3:00 PM: Foundation Investing 2.0: Impact Aligned Portfolios, Director’s Questions Answered (English – Workshop);

3:30-4:45 PM: Using a Climate Lense as a Multiplier Effect For Positive Philanthropic Impact.




10:00-11:30 PM: Philanthropy in Motion: Towards The Goals of Agenda 2030 (French Workshop);

11:45-1:00 PM: Trust-Based Philanthropy: A Tool for Systemic Change (Panel);

1:15-2:30 PM: The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, Workshop with Kris Archie (Workshop);

3:00-4:00 PM: Armchair Discussion: Building community, networks, and ecosystems during a crisis Networks;

4:15-5:00 PM: The Work of Foundations During COVID-19: Resilience, Recovery, and Reinvention.


If you have any questions, please contact Jihane El Atifi at

#WebinarWednesday – Understanding  and Analyzing Charity Financials

Wednesday, October 28, 2-3:15 PM (ET)

#WebinarWednesday – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the Ground Up: Exploring the Experiences of Equity-Focused Grantees within the Canadian Philanthropic Sector.

Wednesday, November 4, 2-3:15 PM (ET)

Empowering Racialized and Indigenous Women, with PFC in Collaboration with the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation (in French)

Tuesday, November 24, 9 – 10:30 AM (ET)

#WebinarWednesday – Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

Wednesday, December 2, 2 – 3:15 PM (ET)


A Just Transition: Making Climate Action Inclusive

October 7, 2019, 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM EDT

The Just Transition framework looks to place the voices of affected workers and other impacted communities at the centre of conversations on the transition to a low carbon economy. This webinar will look at the role that investors can play to ensure that the social dimensions of the low carbon transition are considered in efforts to tackle climate change.

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

Relationship Between the Board Chair and CEO

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM 

How do board chairs and CEOs develop and maintain their partnerships? How do family foundation board chairs and CEOs build a relationship of trust and bridge the divide between physical distance, differences between staff and family member roles, and continue the work of the foundation during times of transition?

Reserved for PFC family foundation members.

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Sector, partnership and members’ events


Get the first detailed overview of work and funding at the intersection of climate change, health, and equity

March 26th, 2020, 2pm-3pm EST / 11am-12pm PST

Funders from many different areas are increasingly funding at the intersection of climate, health, and equity. Learn what seven funder affinity groups found when they surveyed their members and NGOs in the field—almost 200 foundations and organizations from around the country—about this rapidly growing and changing area of critical work. Speakers include Jalonne White-Newsome (Kresge Foundation), Michael Painter (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), and Shalini Gupta (Health and Environmental Funders Network).