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SIX Funders Node Retreat: Taking risks and achieving greater impact

Published Date: 15 February 2018

Funding systems change initiatives and innovations as a new approach involves new risk. SIX is hosting a Funders Retreat that will explore how funders can take, enable and manage risks to achieve greater systemic impact.

Thanks to the generous support of the Fay Fuller Foundation in Adelaide, Australia, SIX is bringing the SIX Funders’ Node, a global network of philanthropic leaders, to Australia. 

The SIX Funders’ Node connects global foundations and funders to increase the flow of funding to support social innovation and systemic change. At various convening’s throughout the year, over 70 foundations from 17 countries connect with each other to share experiences, insights, tools, resources and methodologies to learn from each others' successes and challenges and, as a result, achieve greater impact. 

This retreat will build on previous programmes of work on funding systems change and aligning for impact. Key questions we will explore include:

  • How can funders be more rigorous in risk-taking to have a bigger impact?   
  • How do funders manage perceived and real tension between accountability and risk taking?
  • What is the role of philanthropy in promoting risk taking within the organisations they fund?
  • What risks can we take to drive systems change and solve the big complex social challenges we face around the world?

Funders’ Node convening’s are hosted in unique retreat settings to foster trusted spaces for honest discussion with peers. Given this small and intensive format, this event is invitation-only. We will be sharing our learning with the wider global network and those in Australia. 


  1. Markus Lux, Bosch Foundation, Germany

  2. Maree Sidey, Australian Communities Foundation, Australia

  3. Ruth Davison, Comic Relief, UK

  4. David Minns, Wyatt Trust, Australia

  5. Simon Freeman, Paul Ramsay Foundation, Australia

  6. Lani Evans, Vodafone Foundation, New Zealand

  7. Nicole McDonald, McConnell Foundation, Canada

  8. Morag Burnett, Lankelly Chase, UK

  9. Christina Howard, Todd Foundation, New Zealand

  10. Helene Bie Lilleør, Rockwool Foundation, Denmark

  11. Grant Hooper, Equity Trustees, Australia

  12. Stacey Thomas, Fay Fuller Foundation, Australia

  13. Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Trustees, Australia

  14. Rachel Kerry, CAGES Foundation, Australia

  15. John Spierings, Reichstein Foundation, Australia

  16. Carolyn Curtis, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Australia

  17. Sarah Davies, Philanthropy Australia, Australia

  18. Paul Steele, Donkey Wheel Foundation, Australia

  19. Francois Bonnici, Former Bertha Centre of Social Innovation, South Africa

  20. Louise Pulford, SIX, UK

  21. Jordan Junge, SIX, UK