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Nest Foundation

Happier humans do less harm.

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

EIN: 20-1168581


Mission

Our mission is to prevent violence through education by addressing the interconnected nature of all forms of harm. Our programs cultivate mental wellness and prioritize human connection to foster a society where everyone is valued and everyone belongs. We do this through curriculum and programming that educates and empowers young people and their caregivers, schools, and communities, engaging various stakeholders to realize our vision of a world where happier humans do less harm.

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

Subject area info

Education

Mental health care

Abuse prevention

Children's rights

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Parents

Caregivers

Teachers

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NTEE code info

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

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the 2021 CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey, nearly 20% of female students experience sexual violence and nearly 15% had ever been forced to have sex. Nearly one out of every 5 students report being bullied at school. Nearly all indicators of poor mental health and suicidal thoughts and behaviors have increased dramatically, across almost all demographics. In 2021, 42% of high school students felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks in a row that they stopped doing their usual activities. Research also consistently shows that students affected by violence are more at risk for truancy, behavioral problems, and low academic performance. CDC research bears out that universal K-12 school-based violence prevention programs like Nests were associated with reductions in violent behavior at all grade levels, delinquency and substance abuse, and resulted in improved academic performance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

"You Belong Here": K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum

We recognize that all acts of violence stem from the fundamental human need for significance and belonging. Heeding the urgent findings of the CDC, which emphasizes that traditional, single-issue violence prevention methods are insufficient in today's context, we have responsively broadened our scope to address the interconnectedness of violence and increase public health impact. Our innovative program "You Belong Here" is the first K-12 violence prevention curriculum that comprehensively addresses the interconnectedness of all forms of violence and harm. We do this by promoting healthy communication and conflict resolution, fostering accountability, nurturing mental wellness, and promoting tolerance and acceptance. Utilizing insights from brain plasticity, child development, and neuroscience of emotions, we equip youth with tools to mitigate harm and violence, breaking the cycles of both victimization as well as perpetration.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Teachers
Adolescents

Nests Youth Advisory Board engages young people to offer feedback, inform our materials, help plan events, and increase support for Nests work. This ensures that our materials reflect the lived experiences, priorities, wisdom, and input of young people.

Nest Student Forums bring together students, experts, legislators and policy-makers at public events where they discuss pressing local issues, share perspectives, and brainstorm solutions. Following student forums, we see greater community involvement such as local media engagement, student-led awareness raising, and increased resources. This community engagement is a primary focus of Nests work to promote sustained impact in the community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Our ultimate vision is a profound institutional and societal transformation where victims are placed at the forefront of all processes. We aim to cultivate robust relationships anchored in trust among children, families, educators, child protection services, and first responders. Our transformative Victim Assistance Initiative is an innovative solution to address the unmet needs of kids that have been victimized.
Our Victim's Assistance Response program consists of individualized needs assessments, school policy reform, and software solutions to close feedback loops and strengthen response to and resourcing of victims of school-based violence.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents
Adolescents
Adults
Parents
Caregivers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"You Belong Here": K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students that have been taught the Nest curriculum. These are self-reported numbers from teacher surveys and are likely underreported.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"You Belong Here": K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people who received presentations on healthy relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"You Belong Here": K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

"You Belong Here": K-12 Violence Prevention Curriculum

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Positive Short- And Long-Term Behavioral Change: By demonstrating tangible improvements in pro-social behaviors among students and reducing victimization and perpetration tendencies, we contribute to breaking cycles of harm. This aligns with our mission to prevent violence through education, addressing the interconnected nature of all forms of harm. The ultimate goal is to foster an environment where violence prevention is ingrained in daily interactions.

Community Engagement: Increased community and parent/caregiver engagement ensures sustained learning beyond the classroom, empowering communities and families to play an active role. This advances Nest's vision of a world where happier humans do less harm by creating a society where everyone is valued, and everyone belongs, ultimately aligning with our broader mission to prevent violence through holistic education.

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 curriculum implementation and compassionate response to disclosures of violence and abuse. Increase disclosure response skills and protocols.
3. Create pathways for parents and caregivers to engage and participate in their children's learning and mental wellness.
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 academic experts, institutions, and 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.

Nest's journey began with the 2004 documentary "Playground," produced by Abigail Disney and George Clooney, which explored domestic child exploitation and followed Michelle, a young girl who was sex trafficked in Portland. The film influenced local and national legislation to protect minor victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. We then leveraged our expertise to develop school-based sexual violence prevention curricula. Our programs, implemented across the US since 2014, have impacted over 3.5 million youth.

To ensure the efficacy and credibility of our programs, we collaborate with esteemed educational partners from institutions including MIT, Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, and others. These partnerships have allowed us to infuse our curriculum with a neuroscientific perspective and rigorously evaluate it through such lenses as racial and gender equity, accessibility, long-term effects of ACEs, and educational pedagogy. We continue to build our academic advisory board with the foremost national and global experts on violence and abuse prevention, child development, teaching and learning, neuroscience, and digital safety, among other topics. Our advisors are experts in their fields and lend a wealth of knowledge, experience, and credibility to our programming.

We provide webinars to the community, free of charge, to help educate adults about the issues that children are facing in regards to violence and mental health, and to equip them with skills, resources, and ways to help. In 2023 alone, our webinar were attended by over 1,000 people, including district administrators, educators, counselors, direct service providers, community leaders, and parents/caregivers. The total student reach of attendees was over 5.8 million young people.

OTHER RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

SXSW EDU: Nest was selected to present a SXSW EDU panel in March 2023 with Arie Kruglanski, internationally recognized radicalization expert, Geoff Cohen, psychologist and author, and Abbie Richards, discussing online radicalization and its impact on youth identity and belonging.

HARVARD CHILD PROTECTION TRAINING COHORT: In June 2022, Nest was invited as the only US organization to participate in the Child Protection Professional Training at Harvards FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. The program brings together global teams of civil society partners who work to protect children from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

Nest Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.03

Average of 0.91 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3

Average of 2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Nest Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Nest Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Nest Foundation

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Nest Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$9,972 -$75,078 $2,034 $188,528 -$102,005
As % of expenses -1.9% -15.0% 0.5% 33.5% -13.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$129,511 -$195,882 -$119,058 $67,937 -$222,599
As % of expenses -19.9% -31.6% -22.0% 9.9% -25.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $521,781 $425,674 $415,071 $749,038 $657,963
Total revenue, % change over prior year 7.9% -18.4% -2.5% 80.5% -12.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15.0% 17.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 2.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 99.5% 69.9% 82.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 13.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $531,756 $499,576 $419,579 $562,322 $758,075
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.9% -6.1% -16.0% 34.0% 34.8%
Personnel 47.9% 51.2% 59.2% 45.6% 42.1%
Professional fees 1.1% 1.7% 8.2% 3.7% 1.7%
Occupancy 1.3% 0.8% 2.9% 1.1% 1.8%
Interest 0.6% 1.2% 1.3% 0.0% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 49.2% 45.1% 28.5% 49.6% 53.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $651,295 $620,380 $540,671 $682,913 $878,669
One month of savings $44,313 $41,631 $34,965 $46,860 $63,173
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $54,800 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $695,608 $662,011 $575,636 $784,573 $941,842

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 0.9 4.1 5.3 3.0
Months of cash and investments 1.8 0.9 4.1 5.3 3.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.1 -2.0 3.7 5.0 0.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $81,931 $37,725 $142,648 $249,090 $190,521
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,195,396 $1,201,722 $1,197,004 $1,201,265 $1,201,474
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 60.1% 69.4% 79.9% 89.5% 99.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.4% 30.1% 57.1% 39.7% 95.0%
Unrestricted net assets $479,309 $283,427 $164,369 $232,306 $9,707
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $479,309 $283,427 $164,369 $232,306 $9,707

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder

Libby Spears

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Nest Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Libby Spears

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
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

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.