The diminishing role of government has focused more attention on philanthropic giving by foundations. Funders want to be more than what Dwight MacDonald of the Ford Foundation cheekily defined as “a body of money completely surrounded by people who want some.” By establishing decisive social benchmarks that can realistically be achieved, you can distance yourself from being an ATM and take an active role in effecting change in the sector.

Key challenges

Measuring impact

Funders are under greater scrutiny than ever to show proof of their impact and make every dollar count. An impact measurement plan acts as a touchstone for every funding decision you make, allowing you to quickly gather and disseminate results to your stakeholders.

Eliminating silos

Harness the power of productive collaboration. By strategically seeking out partnerships with charities and related foundations, you can yield better results for your cause. Making lasting change means bridging the experience of like-minded innovators in the sector and forging a concentrated alliance.

Board succession

Finding the ideal candidate to advance the important work your foundation has achieved is a process that requires reflection and guidance. By strategically planning for the succession of your board, you have the opportunity to radiate your knowledge and experience without being pressured to fill gaps by unexpected departures or burnouts.


We worked with Phil on an audit of PFC’s communications. The audit was extremely helpful in pinpointing areas for further development, including our website, social media strategy, membership materials and marketing messages. We worked with Phil to develop a more strategic approach to communications and have been very satisfied with Phil’s professional support.

Hilary Pearson

Past President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada

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