SSHRC 2018-2024

The Canadian Philanthropy Partnership Research Network (PhiLab), received an SSHRC grant in 2018 under the name “Evaluation of the role and actions of Canadian grantmaking foundations in response to the issues of social inequality and environmental challenges”.

  1. In the face of the social transition and greening of society, what political role do grantmaking foundations play?
  2. Concerning socio-economic and environmental issues, what are the impacts and influence of grantmaking foundations?
  3. What can research contribute towards rendering small and medium-sized foundations more well known, more visible and better supported?


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1. Research initiated on the national scale

Each Canada-wide project is supervised by a PhiLab member (researcher and/or partner) and has a research team (researchers, partners and PhiLab students).

  • Responsible finance practices
  • Portraits on grantmaking philanthropy
  • The social impacts of grantmaking philanthropic action
  • The environmental impacts of grantmaking philanthropic action
  • The philanthropy / First Nations connection through a postcolonial and decolonization perspective
2. Research initiated at the Hub Level

The supervisors of Regional scale research are the “Hub” supervisors. Regional research covers, amongst others, the following points:

  • Mapping of a region’s philanthropic action
  • Evaluation of regional initiatives
  • Case Studies
3. Theoretical Research

The supervisors of research that is said to be theoretical are the co-directors of the SSHRC-PhiLab project:

Each project has a theoretical target:

  • Historical analysis
  • Typologies
  • Central Concepts
  • Systemic analysis
  • Comparative analysis

Each theoretical research project is supervised by a PhiLab member (researcher and/or partner) and has a research team (researchers, partners and PhiLab students).

4. International Research

Given that PhiLab is a Network, international research units can become associated with the project.

Associated units are autonomous in their research project choices. However, they must initiate projects that are related to PhiLab’s interests. This is a  requirement to maintain their title as an associate research unit and thus part of the Network.