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SIX Funders Retreat Node retreat: Social cohesion and the role for philanthropy

Location: Wasan Island
Event Date: 17 — 20 September 2019

Date: September 17-20, 2019

Location: Wasan Island, Canada

Whether it’s political polarisation through Brexit or in the US, or widening inequality globally; society can feel more divided than ever. So, what is the role of philanthropy in helping bridge some of these divisions? This practical and global conversation will dive deeper into the different roles philanthropy can or should play in promoting social cohesion.

Key questions that will sit at the core of the programme include:

  • Should philanthropy be more political? If so, where does their legitimacy to act come from?

  • How do we avoid situations when the role of philanthropy backfires and causes deeper divisions?

  • What are practical methods to promote social cohesion? How is this reflected in your grant making practices and portfolio? What’s the soft power of foundations and how is this being exercised?

This retreat is part of the SIX Funders Node, a programme within SIX to inspire, enable and challenge philanthropic funders to be more transformational. Over the past 4 years, we’ve hosted more than 25 global events curated around the topics keeping funders awake at night that are designed to facilitate long lasting relationships amongst global peers and provoke collective action. Retreats are a key part of SIX’s work with funders.

We are hosting the retreat on Wasan Island thanks to the generous support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and their partnership with the BMW Foundation, the Breuninger Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and the McConnell Foundation.

This retreat is invite only for senior leaders of pioneering philanthropic foundations on Wasan Island, in Ontario, Canada. If you’re interested in knowing more please contact [email protected]