Let’s Keep the Conversations Going
The 2020 PFC Virtual Gathering addressed some of the key issues highlighted by COVID-19: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) responding to anti-racist movements, adopting an equity lens to grantmaking and governance, sustainability and economic recovery, climate change, partnership-based philanthropy, emerging practices, and the future of philanthropy in this changing world.
During these 3-days, the philanthropic community has stepped up to address both the urgent and systemic needs highlighted by the global COVID-19 crisis facing Canadians. One thing that was very clear from the time spent together is that COVID-19 has drawn attention and amplified existing disparities in Canadian society and worldwide. In the face of the pandemic, we are not all equal, nor are we when confronted with climate change and other disruptions.
How can we improve our collective impact and relevance working with our partners in governments, civil society, and the private sector? What have we learned in recent months? How can we address power imbalances to achieve meaningful and sustainable results? Below you will find video recordings, recaps (short and long-form) of each day, blogs, and resources, that were shared during the various sessions.
PFC would like to thank everyone who contributed and participated in our 2020 Virtual Gathering, as well as our presenting partners: The Community Foundations Canada (CFC), The Circle, Environment Funders (EFC), Share, Rally, The Clean Economy Fund, Ashoka Canada, the Mallet Institute, and the Foundation of Greater Montreal. We look forward to connecting with you in 2021, dates TBA.
Inès Chaâlala, Director of Learning and Partnerships
2020 has been and continues to be, a year of unprecedented challenges. COVID-19 has drawn attention and amplified existing disparities in Canadian society and worldwide.
Justin Wiebe, Mastercard Foundation, Program Partner
I am eager to contribute a deep commitment to sharing, learning, and unlearning. I believe our experiences and the experiences of folks we are in a relationship with are critical to expanding our understanding of what’s going on around us and the potential for transformation.
Adwoa K. Buahene, CEO TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council)
Since ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, I believe we will see more rapid movement on matters that were already beginning pre-pandemic. Greater consolidation, whether within the governance framework of a charity or across complementary charities within a sector.
Rapid Fire Q&A with Stephen Huddart with the McConnell Foundation
Wisdom is shared through this career retrospective offered by Stephen Huddart, outgoing CEO and President of the McConnell Foundation. A start in Jazz? Career highlights? Lessons learned?
Rapid Fire Q&A with Sadia Zaman, Inspirit Foundation
Episode two features Sadia Zaman of the Inspirit Foundation. Emails or phone calls? Islamophobia? Equity within the sector?
Rapid Fire Q&A with Justin Weibe, Mastercard Foundation
Ancestral lands he works, rests and plays on? Indigenous traditions and values? Alternative forms of philanthropy? Tune into this Q&A.
Notes from Virtual Gathering
COVID-19, CLIMATE ACTION AND SUSTAINABLE FINANCE
- Investissement 2.0 pour les fondations : les portefeuilles axés sur les retombées sociales; des réponses aux questions des administrateurs (atelier en français)
- Sustainable Finance – Accelerating the Transition to a Sustainable Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Panel)
- Foundation Investing 2.0: Impact Aligned Portfolios, Director’s Questions Answered (English – Workshop)
- Using a Climate Lens as a Multiplier Effect for Positive Philanthropic Impact
FACING FORWARD: RETHINKING THE FUTURE
- Philanthropy in Motion: Achieving the Goals of Agenda 2030 (Panel – French)
- Partnership-Based Philanthropy: A Tool for Systemic Change (Panel)
- Reflection, Release, Reimagine: For the Future
- Armchair Discussion: Building Community, Networks, and Ecosystems during a Crisis
- The Work of Foundations During COVID-19: Resilience, Recovery, and Reinvention
A list of resources from our panelists, trainers, and moderators to share with participants and the larger public. These are related to the three overarching themes of antiracism, diversity equity and inclusion, climate, sustainable finance, indigenous philanthropy.
Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. Report of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector. Report Co-authored by The Honourable, Senator Ratna Omidvar
Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups
The Impact Investing Guidebook for Foundations (2019 Primer)
Embracing complexity. Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change.
Grantmakers’ Guide: Strengthening International Indigenous Philanthropy
The work of foundations during COVID-19. Resilience, Recovery & Reinvention
3rd Report COVID-19 Data Mapping Series November 2020
Mobilizing Philanthropy for a Transformative COVID Recovery, Foundation Academy for Collaboration