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Philanthropy and the private sector insights 2019

Published Date: 6 November 2019

Our first Funders Node retreat of 2019 took place on Wasan Island. This year we convened philanthropic leaders from across the globe to talk about the opportunities for better collaboration between the philanthropic and private sectors to advance social innovation and change systems. These sectors are indelibly linked as wealth accrual through business is the source of many private and corporate endowments. Today, these sectors have roles both exacerbating and redressing pressing social and environmental problems. Their relationship needs more attention.


This 2-page document covers some of the main insights from the retreat including: 

  • Why do the philanthropic and private sectors collaborate?
  • The pitfalls of philanthropic work and the private sector working together.
  • The conditions, skills and capacities needed for the philanthropic and private sectors to meet on the common ground.

[Download the full report here] 


This retreat was made possible with the generous support of the McConnell Foundation and their partnership with Robert Bosch Stiftung, the BMW Foundation, the Breuninger Foundation, and Community Foundations of Canada.