Study Tour 2019

Private Giving Study Tour - Canada

The purpose of the study tour is to stimulate thinking and practice by sharing international case studies and viewpoints. The 2019 tour group will seek ideas to bring back and apply to an Australian setting – big, bold ideas as well as practical, pragmatic ideas

There are 26 places available on the tour and it is open to Trustees and CEOs of family foundations, private foundations or charitable wills and trusts who are members of Philanthropy Australia. Foundations are invited to send two participants to ensure shared learnings that can be thoughtfully applied to practice on return.

The Philanthropy Australia Private Giving Study Tour is a unique opportunity to engage with Canada’s philanthropic thought leaders whilst also developing stronger ties with Australian peers.


Study Tour: Wednesday 16 October – Friday 25 October 2019

Participants will spend a jam-packed and fast-paced week visiting and learning from some of the world’s leading foundations in Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. Please see an outline of the proposed program below.

Program focus

The program will focus on the philanthropic work that Canada is fast becoming famous for:

  • Systems change
  • Contemporary ideas, innovation and practice
  • Cross-sectoral collaborations - integration of philanthropy, business, community and government for a ‘joined-up’ and holistic approach to change
  • Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • Social finance and social innovation
  • Strong philanthropy-government relations for advocacy and policy development.

Proposed study tour visits

We are working with Hillary Pearson, President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and other key stakeholders to plan and create a diverse and exciting program that will challenge participants’ thinking.

Proposed and possible visits are shown below.  We will not visit all, but it gives you an idea of what we are working to set up.  Yep, it’s going to be a jam-packed action-filled study tour – so much to learn, so little time! The itinerary will be confirmed in the new year.




Program fee

The study tour fee is A$7,700** (inc. GST) per participant.

This fee is an administrative cost and does not include airfares, transport, transfers, accommodation, travel insurance or living expenses during the tour. These are separate costs for which participants are individually responsible and required to cover themselves.

Participants are encouraged to stay at the recommended hotels during the tour to facilitate daily debriefs and group learning.

**Exclusive of PFC Symposium and visits in Calgary and Banff, which cost an additional A$500. This is an optional but highly recommended additional component of the tour.

Your guides

Sarah Davies will lead the tour, with support from Giselle Pinto. Giselle is your key contact for all things related to the tour as she’s project managing it.

Expressions of interest

If you’re a Trustee or CEO of a family foundation, private foundation or charitable will and trust and a member of Philanthropy Australia, we’d love to hear from you!

Expressions of interest for the 2019 Private Giving Study Tour to Canada are open and space is limited for this unique and invaluable opportunity.  Our previous two tours (USA 2015 and UK 2017) booked out very quickly, so please register your interest early to reserve a place and avoid potential disappointment.

Please email Giselle ( to register your interest for the 2019 Private Giving Study Tour. 

Additionally, if you have any questions or would like to chat about anything in relation to the tour, please email Giselle or give her a call on 03 9665 9103.

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