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.

#WebinarWednesday: Renewing our Social Contract: Strengthening the Role of Private Philanthropy in Serving the Common Good – Perspectives on the Disbursement Quota

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021, 2:00 PM (ET)

Join us on June 16th, during the next webinar under the theme of Renewing our Social Contract – the Role of Private Philanthropy in Supporting the Public Good, to hear PFC’s’ approach to the Government of Canada’s consultations on its proposed increase to the Disbursement Quota. The webinar, co-hosted by Carleton University, will be facilitated by Susan Phillips, Professor, and Supervisor at Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Program, and will feature a panel of PFC members representing different operating models and reflecting various perspectives on the DQ. We will be joined by Nathan Grasse (Professor, Carleton University’s Masters of Public policy and Administration), Jean-Marc Mangin (CEO of PFC), Rosamond Ivey (Chair of Ivey Foundation), and Allan Northcott (CEO of the Max Bell Foundation and immediate past chair of PFC) and Jacqueline Koerner, Founder and Co-Chair of EcoTrust Canada and Director of Foundations for Social Change.


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PGSAG Monthly Rendez-vous. Exclusive to PFC Program and Grantmaking Staff.

Friday, June 18, 2021, 12:00 PM (ET)

This month’s topic will be grantee engagement. How does your Foundation make granting decisions? What is your role in the process? How do you communicate with grant applicants before and after a grant decision is made? Share your experience and questions you might have in an informal conversation with peers from across the sector.


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

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


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).