Nest Foundation

Empowering youth in the face of sexual violence.

aka Nest Foundation, Inc.   |   Los Angeles, CA, CA   |  www.nestfoundation.org

Mission

Nest’s mission is to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children by educating and empowering young people and their caregivers, schools, and communities. Nest strives to address the cultural, legal, and economic dynamics that underscore sexually exploitative activities and to engage a diverse group of stakeholders, including youth, in the movement to create a world free from sexual violence against children.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder

Libby Spears

Main address

137 North Larchmont Blvd. #427

Los Angeles, CA, CA 90004 USA

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EIN

20-1168581

NTEE code info

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to a study by Portland State University Professor, Chris Carey, between 2009 and 2013, the average age of sex trafficking victims in Portland was 15.5. The youngest victim was just 8 years old . The Dallas Women’s Foundation reports that more girls are commercially sexually exploited in one month in Texas than there are teen girls who die by suicide, homicide, and accidents combined in one year. While an absence of research means that we don’t know the exact number of trafficked children in the United States, the CDC reports that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are victims of sexual abuse before the age of 18, creating greater vulnerability for further exploitation. Add to these startling statistics that sexting, sextortion, and sexual assault are on the rise and the urgent need to act is clear.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Prevention Education Program

Founded in 2004, Nest offers a strengths-based prevention initiative that began after the successful launch of the documentary film PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America. The documentary, directed by Nest's Founder Libby Spears, investigated the growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in America. After the film’s launch, Nest's initiatives focused on building awareness through hosting and promoting awareness screening events, providing educational presentations, training law enforcement and other professionals, and working with lawmakers to advance anti-trafficking public policy. In this capacity, we have inspired changes to state and federal laws and catalyzed community action nationally.

With the intention to scale and deepen our long-term impact, Nest has strategically evolved into an innovative and comprehensive high school prevention education program, addressing the complex root dynamics that allow sexual exploitation to exist. Nest empowers youth as leaders in the movement to eradicate sexual violence against children through education and civic engagement, school educator training, and community mobilizing.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

End the sexual violence and exploitation of children.

1. Educate youth by creating curricula based on cutting edge research and data. Ensure that lessons are trauma-informed, strengths-based, and youth centered.
2. Improve school climate by training teachers, school counselors, nurses, SROs and other staff on the sociopolitical dynamics that underpin sexual violence against children. Increase disclosure response skills and protocols.
3. Create pathways for parents and caregivers to participate in efforts to eradicate sexual violence against children.
4. Host public events that elevate youth voices and provide platforms for youth-generated solutions.
5. Provide technical support for all programmatic elements.
6. Partner with first-class universities to support the development and evaluation of Nest programming.

Nest leverages partnerships with grassroots organizations, survivors, universities, youth, and policymakers to ensure that our programming reflects the needs and priorities of our primary constituents. We work with leading researchers and experts to craft innovative curricula and training workshops and use technology to ensure that educators have complete access to resources and technical support.

1. Released one of the first documentary films to address the commercial sexual exploitation of children in America.
2. Employed the film as part of a strategy to support successful legislative changes on national and state level.
3. Developed innovative high school intervention program and have reached almost 100 educators and counselors, over 1000 youth, and hundreds of community members.
4. Hosted hundreds of community events around the country to engage the public.
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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nest Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Libby Spears

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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