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Philanthropy

At The Nest Schools, KINDNESS is more than our most important core value. It is our way of life and our greatest lesson for our children. It is at the heart of everything we do, what we promise, and who we are. We proudly support our local communities through various #KindNEST giving initiatives throughout the year. Together, we can make a difference!

KindNEST Charitable Giving

At The Nest Schools, we believe in giving back to each of our local communities. Through our KindNEST Charitable Giving program, our schools have donated to the organizations listed below to help further support the wonderful work they do!

The KindNEST Charitable Giving Fund is made possible by Co-CEOs Gerry Pastor and Jane Porterfield. After the sale of their schools in Connecticut in 2019, they set up a trust devoted to charitable giving.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Triangle

Junior Diabetes Research Foundation – Mountain West Chapter

On our Sleeves

BEAR

Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

United Way of Greater High Point 

Access 

Kids in Flight

Neighborhood Alliance

SerCo Club of Archdale- Trinity

Lorian County Safe Harbor Corp

Heart of Revere

Beck Center for the Arts

Community Services of Bromfield INC – FISH

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Sunshine Thru The Rain

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine

Youth Focus

Healing Horses “One Child at a Time”

Dave Thomas Foundation

Loaves and Fishes

Cy-Hope

The Sunshine Kids Foundation

Partnership for Children Johnston City

Hilliard Food Pantry

McHenry County Police Charities

Transformations by Austin Angels

Gigi’s Playhouse

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

Paws for Friendship

Children’s Hospital Foundation

Blessings in the Skies

Providence House

Adoption Network Cleveland

Bloom Our Youth

Habitat for Humanity

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

For Love of Children

My Very Own Blanket Project

Ohio Children’s Alliance

Central Flordia Diaper Bank

Joe Joe Bear Foundation

Girls on the Run – Central Florida

Cleveland Ronald McDonald House

Fisher Outreach Group Inc.

Cover The City Project

Charity Newsies

Helping Global Reforestation – One Enrollment at a Time

The Nest Schools is partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization dedicated to global reforestation, to plant a tree for every digital enrollment paperwork submitted.

We are committed to providing quality early education to families while also contributing to a better future for all children.

Learn more about our partnership here.

Spring Giving Project Benefiting Local Animal Shelters

The Nest Schools partnered with local animal shelters and humane societies to help get food and supplies to animals in need.

At The Nest, we strongly believe that pets are a vital part of the family, and we aimed to spread kindness to our local communities by donating items to these local shelters.

Each of our schools collected food, toys, leashes/collars, bedding, towels, cat litter, and cleaning supplies!

Buddy’s Book Drive benefiting Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is the only organization that works directly in pediatric practices to share the many benefits of families reading aloud to their children every day. The organization aims to create a world in which family income, race, and geography are no longer predictors of a child’s readiness, school, or life success. A partnership between Reach Out and Read and The Nest Schools benefits communities across the country as the two organizations share a common mission: helping young children develop a lifelong love of learning during the most critical developmental years. 

Across our schools, we collected 2,081 books for Reach Out and Read!

Choose Kindness Cards

Kindness is contagious! And here at the Nest Schools, we want to make sure we spread it to as many people as possible. Through our Random Acts of Kindness initiative, we asked our families and staff to spread kindness by sending a greeting card to someone they know. Our cards traveled around the world, bringing a small amount of kindness into the mailboxes of young and old!

Our kindness cards made their way into over 20 states and two different countries!