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Funders Making Change: Engaging in Public Policy

This guide is a resource for funders considering public policy work.  In this guide you will find 1) a useful checklist on what you can and can’t do 2) strategies for public policy engagement and 3) case studies from Canadian foundations. The guide also explains the regulatory framework for charities engaging in public policy activities. DOWNLOAD ›

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Canadian Philanthropy: Survey Results, and Future Directions

How inclusive are the policies and practices of organized philanthropy? As Canada’s population diversity grows, and as our community partners and donors themselves include those who are more diverse in background, perspective and approach, it is urgent to ask ourselves how best to acknowledge and include diverse perspectives. This report reflects the results from a PFC survey of its members regarding diversity, equity and inclusion policies and practices in 2018. DOWNLOAD ›

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Understanding the Philanthropic Landscape: How grants data can inform funder decision-making

PFC has released the second brief in the series of learning materials on data and evidence-based grantmaking created for Canadian funders, in collaboration with Powered by Data. This brief does a deep dive into specific examples of how data infrastructure can transform philanthropy. DOWNLOAD ›

Featured, Research Publications

A Portrait of Canadian Foundation Philanthropy

Have you wondered about broader trends and practices in the Canadian foundation landscape? PFC, in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), has prepared a profile of the practices of philanthropic foundations in Canada. The study is part of a collaborative global effort led by researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University. Through this study, we are becoming better informed about Canadian foundations and their comparisons with peers across the world. DOWNLOAD ›

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Good Grantmaking: A Guide for Canadian Foundations, revised 2015

This significantly revised guide shares concrete examples and successful practices from grantmakers in Canada on how to navigate the five stages of the grantmaking cycle. There are practical checklists that are useful for seasoned professionals and new grantmakers alike, to help you apply these approaches in your everyday work. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE ›

Featured, Research Publications

Snapshot of Foundation Giving in 2015

This snapshot provides a data portrait of Canada’s grantmaking foundations in 2015. The snapshot also takes a more detailed look at the largest grantmaking foundations by asset size and by annual grants. It provides a picture of the significant impact and contribution of the largest foundations in the country. DOWNLOAD ›

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Impact Investing Guidebook

The Impact Investing Guidebook and accompanying resources are designed for foundations large and small, with different capacity and levels of commitment. More specifically, it’s written to provide practical strategies and tactical support for executive directors and board members of foundations that are thinking about or beginning to make impact investments.


Philanthropy in Action

Philanthropy In Action

Find out how various foundations are making an impact in their communities beyond just providing funds to donnees. These inspiring stories provide a mere glimpse at what can be accomplished through collaboration between philanthropy, government, business and communities.