JEDI Accelerator

15 September 2021 - 11 May 2022 / Registration Closed

Move your foundations’ JEDI strategy forward in 2021! A Peer-Learning Opportunity Open to PFC members. Grantmaking foundations that are non-members of PFC can participate under certain conditions.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) have become pressing priorities for foundations in Canada. How do you start? How do you move from general commitment to action? PFC is offering a new program in 2021 for foundations that want to bring JEDI to life throughout their organization – from governance to grantmaking.

If you are a non-member of PFC, but a private or community foundation interested in participating, please contact ichaalala@pfc.ca

Who Should Apply?

The program is appropriate for all PFC member foundations * who are committed and seeking an opportunity to learn and apply JEDI throughout their organization. The JEDI Accelerator is equally applicable for those looking to improve on current philanthropic practice as those looking to innovate how philanthropy is done.

If you are a non-member of PFC, but a private or community foundation interested in participating, please contact ichaalala@pfc.ca


The Program

The JEDI Accelerator is a peer learning program in which a small group of Canadian foundations is guided through a reflection, planning, and action process. The program is highly interactive and includes key concepts, frameworks, and tools; peer discussion and problem-solving; inspiring guest speakers; and activities for foundations to undertake between group sessions.

By the end of this interactive 10-months accelerator you will have:

  • A deep understanding and common language on JEDI among your team;
  • JEDI tools specifically selected for your needs;
  • An action plan on JEDI;
  • Implemented key steps (such as Board and staff education and engagement, review of policies and programs, relationship building with community partners);
  • A strong peer cohort for mutual support in the future

Leading-edge practices will be drawn from the fields of philanthropy for racial equity and feminist philanthropy.
Content will be adapted to the needs of the foundations participating.

Areas of learning will likely include:

  • JEDI in governance, granting, operations, investments, and external and internal relations
  • Community engagement and relations with diverse communities and movements
  • Race factor, bias, and racial equity training
  • Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) and intersectionality
  • Building and retaining a diverse talent pipeline
  • Performance management
  • Belonging and why it matters for outcomes
  • How to embed metrics and track JEDI data

The Participants

  • 10 foundations are required to launch this cohort.
  • Open to PFC members and non-members, under specific conditions*.
  • French-speaking and English-speaking (written materials and simultaneous translation offered in both languages).

To get the most of the learnings, foundations must have sufficient internal commitment to advancing JEDI through policy and concrete steps in the coming year. Participating foundations will be at different stages of their JEDI learning and implementation.

This DEI cohort is open to:
  • Foundation board members,
  • Foundation leaders, and
  • Program staff.

When possible, Foundations are encouraged to designate 2 to 3 participants from their foundation boards, foundation leaders, or foundation senior program staff to form a multi-functional team that will participate in the cohort. For foundations that do not have the capacity to form a team, individual registrations are welcome.

If you are a non-member of PFC, but a private or community foundation interested in participating, please contact ichaalala@pfc.ca

The Facilitators

Hanifa Kassam and Juniper Glass have been an active part of the philanthropic sector, creating resources and holding space for learning and action to advance justice, equity, and inclusion. They have been commissioned by PFC to develop action guides on DEI and gender equity in foundations and a DEI response to COVID-19. Both Juniper and Hanifa hold Master’s degrees in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and have experience governing and consulting at grantmaking foundations across Canada. The facilitator team brings lived experience in racialized, disabled, queer, rural, urban, and low-income realities, as well as work experience in many other diverse communities.

PFC Lead

Inès Chaalala is currently the Director of Learning and Partnerships at Philanthropic Foundations Canada leading the development and implementation of PFC’s learning agenda and partnerships. In 2018, she helped launch the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program at PFC, becoming part of PFC’s regular programming since 2019, and an integral part of the PFC strategic plan in 2021. Before working at PFC, Ines held several positions at the United Nations and worked as a consultant to civil society organizations in Canada and globally. During most of this time, she was a capacity-building specialist designing and facilitating peer-to-peer learning programs internationally for governments and civil society organizations on a variety of topics such as environmental governance and policies, innovative financing, civil engagement, cross-sectoral collaborations, etc…

If you have any questions about the program please write to ichaalala@pfc.ca

Jedi Accelerator

Documents & Resources

Indigenous Communities

  • The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action

    The Declaration is meant to be signed by philanthropic organizations who wish to make a commitment to using their philanthropic resources in service to Reconciliation.

  • International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

    A global donor affinity group dedicated to Indigenous peoples around the world. IFIP builds momentum toward a new movement in philanthropy that recognizes Indigenous communities as high-impact investments.

  • Mikana

    Mikana, which means path in the Anishinabe language, is an Indigenous non-profit organization whose mission is to work for social change by educating different audiences on the realities and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in Quebec. Mikana offers videos, workshops and accompaniment for organizations that wish to improve their understanding and inclusion of Indigenous communities. Indigenous-led nonprofit.

  • Indigenous Reconciliation Group

    Several adult education workshops and coaching on topics related to reconciliation: Increasing cultural competence, addressing racism, supporting Indigenous community capacity. Indigenous-owned consulting firm.

  • Indigenous Reconciliation Group

    Several adult education workshops and coaching on topics related to reconciliation: Increasing cultural competence, addressing racism, supporting Indigenous community capacity. Indigenous-owned consulting firm.

  • Nahanee Creative

    Offers workshops and organizational development support on decolonization. A range of offerings for organizations at many places in the journey: getting started, strengthening commitment and decolonizing implementation. Indigenous-owned consulting firm.

  • kinSHIFT for ALLIES

    Two workshop series called “Elements of Truth: BEFORE RECONCILIATION” and “Next Steps in ReconciliACTION Program” offer a welcoming space to continue your journey toward deepening your awareness and understanding of your roles and responsibilities in unsettling colonial narratives and practices within your organizations and personal lives.

  • The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples

    Offers membership, conferences, a year-long learning program “Partners in Reciprocity,” research and coaching for both philanthropic organizations and Indigenous-led organizations. The Circle “transforms philanthropy and contributes to positive change between Philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation.”

  • Working with indigenous peoples

Racial Equity

  • Critical Issues Forum: Moving Forward on Racial Justice Philanthropy

    In this edition of the Critical Issues Forum journal, the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) presents reflections of activists and funders on a range of racial justice issues, taking lessons from the past two decades and identifying solutions for the future. Topics include funding at the intersection of race and gender, the leadership of people of color in transforming structural racism in the media, and case studies in how foundations are addressing the root causes of racism and disparities through grantmaking.

  • How to Get Started: Envisioning a Race Equity Culture

    AWAKE to WOKE to WORK: Building a Race Equity Culture. Designed as a reference tool in building capacity to advance race equity, this ProInspire publication provides resources and strategies to help move an organization from commitment to action. It describes how to effectively leverage seven strategic elements that are necessary in building a race equity culture, including senior leadership, board members, the community, metrics, and investment in staff capacity.

  • Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy By and For Communities of Color

    This report shares the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s journey – its successes and mistakes – in supporting and expanding philanthropy by and for communities of color, giving your clients a case study in how to implement this approach. Using grantee profiles to illustrate the challenges and benefits, the publication describes a pilot grantmaking and field-building strategy known as Cultures of Giving, an effort to seed and grow a community of practice among leaders in the field.

  • Racial Equity Resources for Philanthropy

    A resource center to share a variety of resources, tools, articles, thought pieces, and more to help funders on the journey towards racial equity.

Gender Lens Philanthropy

  • Grantmaking Assessment Tool for Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Funders: Increasing Support for WOC Leadership

    This tool is intended to help grantmakers better support WOC leadership in advancing reproductive health, rights and justice. It builds on existing resources designed to assist funders in bringing a racial justice lens to their grantmaking, and draws on the experiences shared by many who, over several years, have worked within their institutions to build commitment to WOC leadership.

  • Gender Transformative Philanthropy

    Resources in this GrantCraft guide will help you support clients who want to achieve social change by funding gender equity projects. Concrete examples of opportunities to employ gender equity and address gender norms are included, as is a discussion of challenges and solutions to this approach, presented in a Q&A format. The guide – authored by TrueChild’s executive director, Riki Wilchins – also includes a list of 10 steps for your clients to use in applying a gender lens to their grantmaking process.

  • Gender Transformative Giving: The Next Phase in Feminist Philanthropy?

    This resource provides foundations with guidance on how to apply a gender lens to their work. Women’s Funding Network report provides relevant research and action steps to help you guide an organization through that process. It includes a range of practical tools, including a “gender dictionary,” a breakdown of what this approach means for both the grantmaker and grantees, and a dozen steps to take within your client’s organization, with peer funders, and with grant recipients.

  • Gender-Lens Philanthropy: A practical guide for Canadian foundations

    This guide is intended to help foundations increase the impact of their grantmaking by increasing the awareness of gender as an important factor throughout the organization and the granting process. There are many ways to apply a gender lens in philanthropy. This guide points to several opportunities and tools, some of which will work for a given foundation, and others will not.

Gender Diversity & Inclusion


Black Communities

Muslim Communities

Community Engagement

  • How Philanthropy Support Organizations Understand & Advance Community Power Building

    This report captures insights from interviews conducted in Fall 2019 with Philanthropy Support Organizations leaders who describe how their diverse members understand what it means to build community power; the perceived strengths and challenges of supporting this kind of work; and perspectives on how it may leverage foundation mission. The report also includes an extensive resource library of relevant literature and tools funders may turn to for this work

  • Principles for Equitable and Inclusive Civic Engagement

    This guide to transformative change invites community leaders, policy makers, planners, and community developers to share in Kirwan’s collective knowledge and experience with promoting equitable civic engagement and community development.

Asian Communities

  • Project 1907

    A set of articles and resources related to Anti-Asian racism, Asian identities, Indigenous allyship, and cross-racial solidarity and movement building.