In From Charity to Change I shine a light on the unknown world of Canadian foundations, offering a portrait of today’s foundation landscape. My aim is to profile the strategies of philanthropic organizations acting with purpose on some of our most pressing social and economic challenges: climate change, the future of cities, education and the evolving workforce, youth mental health, and the urgent need to repair and build new relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Through personal interviews with over thirty foundation leaders, I trace the change over two decades in the practices of Canadian foundations in a rapidly evolving society. I make the case for the unique value that grantmaking foundations create in our philanthropic ecosystem.
Hilary Pearson in conversation with Bruce Lawson, previously of the Counselling Foundation of Canada, as she officially launches her new book at Foundation House (Toronto).