History of NEXUS in Australia
The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), in partnership with leading Australian philanthropists, brought NEXUS to Australia in 2013 with our inaugural Summit in Sydney. More than seven hundred people applied to attend the Summit, from which the committee accepted 230 delegates including some of Australia’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors under the age of 40. More than one-third of the attendees came from overseas, including some representatives of major philanthropic families and organizations. Since that time we have held two NEXUS Summits in Australia. Our most recent Summit was held in Sydney in March 2016. The event was opened by Lucy Turnbull AO at an opening drinks reception at the Art Gallery of NSW. Nexus Australia, in collaboration with interested partners, creates a platform for Australian philanthropists to build, learn, share and create with social innovators to deliver positive change.
Why NEXUS? Over the last decade, Australia has experienced tremendous growth in absolute wealth, but also in income inequality. The gap between the wealthy and poor has grown, with those at the wealthy end of the spectrum have become considerably wealthier. This rise in wealth, however, has not been reflected in a similar growth in philanthropic giving necessitating a need to birth new pathways of giving. By involving young people from Australia’s wealthy communities in a conversation on philanthropy and the setting of social goals, NEXUS aims to catalyse an attitudinal change. We want to elevate the importance of private giving in Australia and empower participants to become change-makers in their own right.
By involving young people from Australia’s wealthy communities in a conversation on philanthropy and the setting of social goals, NEXUS aims to catalyse an attitudinal change.
We believe in doing this through a BUILD, LEARN, SHARE, CREATE strategy: BUILD a common understanding LEARN from each other’s perspective SHARE ideas and lessons learned in solving problems CREATE in ways to solve new challenges.
Goals and Actions
NEXUS Australia’s goals are to:
- Inspire leadership in young wealth givers by providing pathways to innovative approaches for creating change
- Increase generosity and strategic investment in social and environmental projects
- Highlight the importance of measuring and evaluating the impact of an individual’s philanthropy
- Foster and creating lasting connections between young givers and social entrepreneurs
- NEXUS Australia Youth Summit 2016: https://www.nexusglobal.org/australia2016/
- NEXUS Australia Youth Summit 2014: https://www.nexusglobal.org/summits/australia/
- NEXUS Australia Youth Summit 2013: https://www.nexusglobal.org/summits/australia/#2013
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dean DeliaNEXUS Australia Outreach Ambassador
Dean is a social entrepreneur, strategist
Chair of NEXUS Australia Steering Committee
What We’re Up To
Culture of Philanthropy
In partnership with The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), NEXUS Australia aims to foster a culture of philanthropy and collaboration amongst Australia’s youth
Delegations to NEXUS Global
Innovator of the Year
Interested in joining or sponsoring the NEXUS Australia network? Are you an exceptional young social entrepreneur, philanthropist or impact investor? Interested in doing good and shaping the future of Australia? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.