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SIX to present at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum in Hong Kong

Published Date: 14 September 2016

SIX is running a Foundations Circle at the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum, convened by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust on September 23rd.

 About the Forum

Convened by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Philanthropy for Better Cities Forum is the first philanthropy forum of its kind in the region focusing on metropolitan social issues. It will provide a platform for over 1,000 participants in the field of philanthropy, thought leaders and NGOs from around the world, especially in the Asia Pacific and Greater China region, to exchange views, facilitate cross-sector collaborations and cultivate long-term partnership and engagement, all in the hope of creating better cities.

The Forum will kick off the week-long International Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Week 2016 from 21st – 27th September, 2016. The two events during the week are the Social Enterprise Summit and the Social Enterprise World Forum.

About the Foundations Circle

SIX will be running a Foundations Circle with 50 of the foundations present. This session is part of our Funders node work to convene global foundations that are supporting innovation.

The Foundations Circle session will:

  • Link regional and global trends/activities around funding innovation
  • Enable conversations with different foundations on funding innovation and how they prepare for key societal challenges in the future
  • Provide the opportunity to dive deeper into issues from how foundations are able to better support social innovation in their philanthropic work to how they can think more systemically about their approaches.
  • Facilitate conversation between foundations and allow them to connect as peers


This Foundations Circle builds on the meeting in January 2016 at the Rockefeller Foundation and our most recent on retreat at Wasan Island on funding systems change.

About the SIX Funders Node

SIX is working with a collective of funders to develop the SIX Funders node, connecting foundations from around the world that have a demonstrated innovation practice. This work includes more than 30 selected foundations globally, and is being led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (US), Rockefeller (US), the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (Canada), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK), LankellyChase (UK), and Nesta (UK) amongst others.

The SIX Funders Node helps global foundations address the lack of shared knowledge between organisations globally that support social innovation; be a catalyst to answer some key questions, and in turn creates more positive social change; and increases the funding for systemic change and social innovation.