FAQs

Summits 

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

NEXUS Summits bring together the world’s most accomplished and innovative and young philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Connecting the financial, intellectual, creative and social capital of our generation in an action-oriented, solutions-focused and safe space, NEXUS Summits aim to inspire learning and collaboration between a uniquely powerful network of peers.

If you are an experienced philanthropist or impact investor

Serve as a mentor to the next generation of donors and investors. Bring attention to key global issues and strategies to address them.

If you are a newbie to philanthropy or impact investing

Learn from some of greatest philanthropic leaders and investors of your generation. Get inspired by the latest innovations in the field. Find mentors. Find job and volunteer opportunities with your ideal philanthropy and social investing ventures.

If you are a social entrepreneur

Dialog and partner with some of the greatest minds of your generation about leading innovations.

If you are an influencer

Take this important knowledge from the leading voices of our generation and share it with others.

HOW DOES SELECTION WORK?

The NEXUS community is recognized for the exceptional quality of its Members. We pride ourselves on fostering an exclusive community of leaders in the philanthropic and social entrepreneurial worlds that are developing and supporting innovative solutions to large-scale global challenges. Therefore admission to the community is highly selective. Given Members receive prioritized admission, we strongly encourage all non-member applicants to apply early in order to ensure a higher chance of acceptance.

In addition to the written component of the application, a number of criteria are used to determine admission, including member referrals, personal and professional background, diversity, and more. We review each application within a few weeks of submission.

WHEN DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS BEGIN?

Applications usually open four months before Summits and two months before our Forums. Viist our applications page to see the next upcoming event. Join our mailing list here to receive email announcements and stay up-to-date on Summit applications openings and other news.

DOES A QUALITY APPLICATION GUARANTEE ADMISSION?

No, admission to NEXUS Summits is highly selective with many more applications than available spots. If your application is successful you will get a formal response within a few weeks.

WHAT IS THE TARGET AGE OF NEXUS SUMMITS?

NEXUS is focused on fostering a philanthropic spirit and commitment to creating impact in the millenial generation. Therefore most participants fall between the ages of 15 and 40, with a special emphasis on the next generation. However up to 10 percent of spots are made available to allies and mentors over 40.

HOW CAN I NOMINATE A SPEAKER?

We are always looking for incredible speakers who are at the cutting edge of innovative philanthropy and using social entrepreneurship to solve great challenges. If you are a NEXUS Member and would like to nominate a speaker you feel will inspire our community please email us at: info@NEXUSGlobal.org Just remember, we’ve had a 13-year-old rocket scientist come speak so your nominee better be ready to wow us! 🙂

WILL THERE BE TRANSLATION?

A translation service may be offered at some of our Summits. Please email info@nexusglobal.org for more information.

 

** NEXUS is looking for a translation company to partner with our network during foreign Summits. If you know of a translation company interested in working with us please email info@nexusglobal.org with details or introductions.

 

WHAT HOTELS DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Ahead of each Summit, NEXUS sends out hotel recommendations in an email to all delegates. Special reserved hotel blocks and discounts is dependent on each Summit individually and will be communicated to the participants ahead of time.

WHO ATTENDS NEXUS SUMMITS?

NEXUS Summits bring together the world’s most accomplished and innovative and young philanthropists, impact investors, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Our Members are millennial changemakers, CEOs, founders, activists and philanthropists that believe in using our resources, talents and voices for good. While we do not make participant lists available to the public, there are partial lists of hosts, panelists, presenters and advisors on the pages of each summit website.

WHAT IS THE COST?

The fees for NEXUS vary depending on the Summit but are in keeping with other conferences of similar stature. Limited subsidies are available for social entrepreneurs, however, all participants are responsible for covering the costs of their own travel and accommodations.

If you are inspired by a fellow changemaker and interested in helping to support their participation in a NEXUS Summit please send us an email at info@nexusglobal.org.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO NEXUS SUMMITS?

Attire may vary depending on the location and country of the Summit, but a general rule unless otherwise noted is Business Casual attire. We would like all of our participants to be comfortable and best represent who you are, although we ask that you respect the local culture and expectations of our partnering venues. The attire for NEXUS dinners and parties is upscale casual; we would like our participants to feel free to dress up for these events if they would like to, but it is not a requirement.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SUMMITS?

Conference fees are 50% refundable up until 30 days before the Summit start date and not refundable thereafter. In the event of extreme weather, natural disasters or other extraordinary mitigating circumstances that prohibit a member’s travel or force a portion of a Summit to be altered or canceled, refunds will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

CAN I BE ADDED TO THE PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP?

To be addded to our official NEXUS Facebook group you must have been accepted to and attended a multi-day NEXUS Summit. If you have never attended a NEXUS Summit before, you cannot be added to our official Facebook group until after the event. If you have attended a multi-day Summit and are not part of the Facebook group, please email us at info@nexusglobal.org 

HOW DO I REPORT CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS?

In order to register for a NEXUS Summit, delegates must sign a Community Code of Conduct, which can also be found on our printed program and other Summit materials. We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct below:

1. Non-Solicitation: Including but not limited to business/fundraising efforts and promotions.

2. Safe Space: Free from verbal, online, physical or sexual harassment and assault. Free from discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, class, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, perceived gender identity or expression.

3. Drugs & Alcohol: Official summit events are drug-free and alcohol is to be consumed responsibly.

If you experience or witness behavior among NEXUS Members that is not above-board you may report it via redflag@nexusglobal.org. The NEXUS Values Council, an independent body comprised solely of NEXUS Members, reviews concerns reported to redflag@nexusglobal.org. Please note that all correspondence with this email address is strictly confidential. The NEXUS Values Council reserves the right to take further action if necessary toward any Member, speaker, sponsor or partner that is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct. We appreciate your assistance in maintaining a respectful and supportive environment for all.

WILL THERE BE FREE TIME DURING SUMMITS?

Our Members are what make our NEXUS network special (we like hanging with you too!) and we understand you’ll want to spend time getting to know one another and want a little downtown to recharge. We’re only together for two days and have a lot to discuss and many incredible speakers we want to introduce to you, so time is tight. That said, we do our best to schedule breaks between our daytime programming and evening events so that you can be fully energized and present during your Summit experience. (Each Summit will vary so see the programs for details)

WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR NEXUS SESSIONS?

Our Summit sessions may take many different forms ranging from workshops to panel discussions. We traditionally use a format that we call Expert Led Conversations. The schedule, agenda and list of speakers is announced one week prior to the start of all Summits. That information will be sent via a welcome email from the NEXUS HQ team and can be found on the NEXUS Pathable App.

Membership 

AM I A NEXUS MEMBER?

If you have been to a multi-day NEXUS Summit and are in good standing, then congratulations you are a NEXUS Member and can enjoy the privileges of Membership including access to our closed NEXUS Facebook group page, hundreds of discounts to impact conferences around the world, invites to exclusive Salons, Delegations and Learning Journeys and the year around NEXUS Pathable messaging app.

HOW DO I BECOME A NEXUS MEMBER?

If you have been to a multi-day NEXUS Summit and are in good standing, then congratulations you are NEXUS a Member!! As a Member you can enjoy unique privileges including access to our closed NEXUS Facebook group page, hundreds of discounts to impact conferences around the world, invites to exclusive NEXUS and partner Salons, Delegations, and Learning Journeys and access to the year around NEXUS Pathable messaging app. Additional perks and privileges are shared through our NEXUS Newsletter.

NEXUS MEMBERSHIP PERKS

As a Member you can enjoy unique privileges including access to our closed NEXUS Facebook group page, hundreds of discounts to impact conferences around the world, invites to exclusive NEXUS and partner Salons, Delegations, and Learning Journeys and access to the year around NEXUS Pathable messaging app. Additional perks and privileges are shared through our NEXUS Newsletter.

* If you are not part of the NEXUS Facebook group but believe you should be, please email us at: Info@NEXUSGlobal.org

HOW DO I CONNECT WITH NEXUS MEMBERS WHEN TRAVELING TO A NEW CITY

We always love hearing about NEXUS Members connecting with each other. The best way to connect with fellow Members when traveling to a new city is to post where you will be in the Private NEXUS Facebook group. NEXUS Members are always happy to connect you. You can also email HQ at info@NEXUSGlobal.com as well or download and use the NEXUS year-round Membership app.

* If you are not part of the NEXUS Facebook group but believe you should be, please email us at: Info@NEXUSGlobal.org

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE BEEN SOLICITED?

All Members and Summitparticipants are asked to sign and adhere to our Community Code of Conduct which can be found here and on our printed program and other Summit materials.

Within our code of conduct is a strict “no-fundraising and no-solicitation of business” ethic. If you experience or witness behavior among NEXUS Members that is not above-board you may report it via redflag@nexusglobal.org.

The NEXUS Values Council, an independent body comprised solely of NEXUS Members, reviews concerns reported to redflag@nexusglobal.org. Please note that all correspondence with this email address is strictly confidential. The NEXUS Values Council reserves the right to take further action if necessary toward any Member, speaker, sponsor or partner that is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct. We appreciate your assistance in maintaining a respectful and supportive environment for all.

IS THERE A COST FOR MEMBERSHIP?

Currently, to become a NEXUS Member you must first be invited or apply, be accepted and attend a multi-day Summit. While there is no annual Membership fee to become a basic Member, premium Membership with extended benefits will be soon available for an annual fee. All Members are required to pay to attend all Summits, regardless of their Membership status. To retain your status as a Member you must remain in good standing. To learn more about the premium Membership and other offerings in your region, write to info@nexusglobal.org

CAN I BE ADDED TO FACEBOOK GROUP?

If you have never attended a NEXUS Summit before, you cannot be added to our official Facebook group until after the event. Email us at info@nexusglobal.org and ask for details.

GLOBAL MEMBERSHIP

Whether you’ve been to our Global Summit in New York at the UN or a multi-day regional Summit, we consider you a Member eligible to receive all the benefits of being part of the NEXUS network

DOES BEING A MEMBER GUARANTEE A SPOT AT NEXUS SUMMITS?

Sadly no. We have 4,000+ Members and our biggest Global Summit is only 600 people so the math just doesn’t add up. To ensure your spot, be sure to sign up early. If you miss out on one Summit, don’t worry. We host roughly 8 or so Summits around the world annually.

HOW DO I REFER A POTENTIAL MEMBER?

We love referrals! Word of mouth referrals from our Members are what make our community so strong. To refer someone to join us for a Summit, please email info@NEXUSglobal.org

Salons and Delegations

HOW DO I KNOW ABOUT UPCOMING SALONS AND DELEGATIONS?

If you are a NEXUS Member, you are invited to attend Salons and other gatherings. To see what Salons and Delegations are happening in your city and around the world, please read our monthly NEXUS newsletter.

WHAT LEARNING JOURNEYS HAS NEXUS TAKEN?

NEXUS has organized two incredible Learning Journeys to The Artic to explore the effects of climate change and a Safari in South Africa to explore animal conservation. For more information, email: info@NEXUSGlobal.org

AS A COMPANY CAN WE SPONSOR A SALON?

Absolutely! If your company shares the NEXUS values, we would love to host a Salon or other event with you. Please email Lizah@NEXUSGlobal.org for more information and to receive our NEXUS Sponsor deck.

CAN I ATTEND A SALON OR DELEGATION AS A NON-MEMBER?

Salons and Delegations are mostly reserved for NEXUS Members only. Prospective NEXUS Members can be included in Delegations and Salons on a case by case basis. To learn more, email info@nexusglobal.org. To become a Member please apply to an upcoming Summit.

HOW MUCH DO SALONS and DELEGATIONS COST?

Each event is different. Salons are usually ticketed dinner events but sometimes can be free. For Delegations, NEXUS Members often receive discounts to the partnering event but are asked to pay their own way. Learning Journeys are often more expensive as they are longer trips. All costs are advertised in the invitations and Eventbrites.

HOW DO I REPORT CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS?

In order to register for a NEXUS Summit, delegates must sign a Community Code of Conduct, which can also be found on our printed program and other Summit materials. We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct below:

1. Non-Solicitation: Including but not limited to business/fundraising efforts and promotions.

2. Safe Space: Free from verbal, online, physical or sexual harassment and assault. Free from discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, class, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, perceived gender identity or expression.

3. Drugs & Alcohol: Official summit events are drug-free and alcohol is to be consumed responsibly.

Should you witness any behavior by NEXUS Members that goes against this code, please report it to redflag@nexusglobal.org and we will respond immediately with further instructions on how to file a report. Please note all communication on the matter will be completely confidential. Action not witnessed by NEXUS HQ staff cannot be taken until a ‘red flag’ report has been submitted to the email above.

General Questions

IS NEXUS FOR PROFIT?

No. NEXUS is a fiscally sponsored project of The Giving Back Fund, which is a 501c3 not-for-profit. Donations to NEXUS are tax deductible. We earn revenue from our Summits but also rely on our wonderful sponsors and the generosity of our Members. If you are interested in supporting NEXUS either financially or otherwise, please email: info@NEXUSGlobal.org

HOW MANY COUNTRIES DOES NEXUS HAVE CHAPTERS IN?

NEXUS is truly a global organization with 8 official regional chapters and official NEXUS leadership in over 50 countries. To see if your country has a NEXUS chapter please go to the team page: https://nexusglobal.org/about/team/

IS PRESS WELCOME AT NEXUS SUMMITS?

Yes! NEXUS Summits are open to select media and have been featured in esteemed press outlets around the world including The NYT, Forbes, Chronicles of Philanthropy, Vanity Fair and countless foreign media. We have a limited number of press passes available. To apply for credentials, email press@nexusglobal.org and include your outlet and interest in covering NEXUS.

How are Working Groups Different from Labs

NEXUS Working Groups are Member-led initiatives that allow members to further pursue impact by organizing around issue areas they are passionate about. We meet each other, learn together, and then take action. Visit the Working Group page here. By contrast, NEXUS Labs are a platform for experimental ventures in development that don’t have the same metrics and accountability yet as Working Groups do. As early-stage Member-led initiatives Labs allow NEXUS Members to explore new issue areas they are passionate about to see if it resonates with the community. Visit the Labs page here.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE BEEN SOLICITED?

All Members and Summit participants are asked to sign and adhere to our Community Code of Conduct which can be found here and on our printed program and other Summit materials. Within our code of conduct is a strict “no-fundraising and no-solicitation of business” ethic. If you feel you have been solicited or if you witness any behavior by NEXUS Members that goes against this code, please report it to redflag@nexusglobal.org and we will respond immediately with further instructions on how to file a report. Please note all communication on the matter will be completely confidential. Action not witnessed by NEXUS HQ staff cannot be taken until a ‘red flag’ report has been submitted to the email above.

HOW DO I REPORT CODE OF CONDUCT VIOLATIONS?

In order to register for a NEXUS Summit, delegates must sign a Community Code of Conduct, which can also be found on our printed program and other Summit materials. We encourage you to read our Code of Conduct below:

1. Non-Solicitation: Including but not limited to business/fundraising efforts and promotions.

2. Safe Space: Free from verbal, online, physical or sexual harassment and assault. Free from discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, class, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, perceived gender identity or expression.

3. Drugs & Alcohol: Official summit events are drug-free and alcohol is to be consumed responsibly.

Should you witness any behavior by NEXUS Members that goes against this code, please report it to redflag@nexusglobal.org and we will respond immediately with further instructions on how to file a report. Please note all communication on the matter will be completely confidential. Action not witnessed by NEXUS HQ staff cannot be taken until a ‘red flag’ report has been submitted to the email above.

HOW LONG HAS NEXUS EXISTED?

NEXUS held it’s first ‘Summit’ in 2011. Since then it has hosted over 37 Summits and Learning Journeys on all seven continents (how cool is that?!?!) Today the NEXUS network has 4000+ members from over 70 countries globally.

HOW DO I JOIN A NEXUS WORKING GROUP OR LAB?

We love and encourage NEXUS participation in our Working Groups and Labs. To get involved, please email the Working Group or Lab using the contact form on their respective pages. You are also welcome to email HQ at info@NEXUSGlobal.org

HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES NEXUS HAVE?

NEXUS is proud to have 4,000+ smart, generous and innovative Members across 70 countries around the world. Currently NEXUS has 8 official Regional Chapters including: NEXUS Asia, NEXUS Australia, NEXUS Caribbean, NEXUS Europe, NEXUS India, NEXUS LATAM, NEXUS MENA, NEXUS North America.

WHAT IS THE LEGAL STATUS OF NEXUS?

NEXUS is a fiscally sponsored project of The Giving Back Fund, which is a 501c3 not-for-profit.

DO I HAVE TO BE WEALTHY TO JOIN NEXUS?

NEXUS is an exclusive community of next-gen philanthropists, impact investors AND social entrepreneurs. The magic of NEXUS is when our Members come together to use our resources, connections, voices and talents for good.

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