This is how Canada’s foundations should respond to COVID-19

A set of guiding principles

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 crisis requires urgent action across sectors to help vulnerable Canadians. Philanthropic foundations have the funds, expertise, and networks to make a significant difference, so what should they be doing? Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) and their partners just released a new set of guidelines for foundations.

As COVID-19’s impact on human health and the economy deepens, philanthropic foundations are coming to terms with how best to use their funds, expertise, and networks of partners at their disposal to help Canadians through the crisis.

“People are adjusting to a new reality that our systems are being stretched and also being transformed as we go through this,” said Jean-Marc Mangin, President & CEO of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC), a member association of philanthropic foundations across Canada. 

PFC recently released a set of five guiding principles for foundations to follow in supporting their grantees, in a joint statement alongside Environment Funders Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and The Circle on Philanthropy


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