meeting one of charlotte’s most critical needs takes a village

Since the mid-1990’s approximately 18,000 refugees have been resettled right here in Charlotte. Most refugees leave behind more than their homes. When conflict forces them to flee, they must also abandon their entire lives, identities, and their school if they were even able to attend with extreme survival transitions. More than half of all refugees are aged under 18.  

Becoming refugees at primary and secondary education ages, refugee children face tremendous challenges in completing their education. Refugees who flee while pursuing education often will not find opportunities in camps to continue their studies. Naturally, this sets back learning, In the face of such difficulties, it is easy for once-ambitious kids to lose hope. The Nest has been that hope to many refugees, immigrants, and underprivileged children who have all faced similar situations.

By donating to The Nest, students at can reimagine their dreams and focus on their futures. With a graduation rate of 100%, some of The Nest alumni include Dean’s List recipients, full tuition athletic scholarships, college graduates, a medical school graduate, and college students eager to add value to society  This year, the Nest graduates four more first-generation seniors who have overcome the national statistics stacked against them that only 3 percent of refugees will graduate and attend college.

Could you extend a hand to help? The children we serve need you, and their families need our support!

Your donation is tax-deductible and helps to further the mission and impact of The Nest Academy. The Nest Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Federal Tax ID # 81-3637711


WE need you. the children we serve need you.
together we make a bigger difference.

ways to give to the nest AND MAKE AN IMPACT

The Nest Academy’s annual campaign program is the easiest and most impactful way to support The Nest Academy. All funds raised during this annual campaign support the operating budget, allowing us to offer competitive salaries to faculty, sustain and update existing curricula, offer scholarships and financial assistance to every student, food, transportation, and all operating aspects.

Our students come to The Nest from area public schools and would never be able to attend a private school like The Nest. Your gift to the scholarship fund will help those students who want and need to be at The Nest Academy.

An outright cash gift or payment on a multi-year pledge can be made by check or by donating online with a credit card. This gives the donor an income tax charitable deduction in the year each gift or pledge installment is paid.

Send Check to: The Nest at The Simmons YMCA 6824 Democracy Drive Charlotte, NC 28212

A gift of stock may provide a significant tax advantage for a donor. stocks that have significantly increased in value are excellent gifts to make to The Nest Academy. The school realizes the stock’s total market value, and the donor receives a charitable deduction for the total fair market value of the stock. Please discuss the potential benefits with your tax advisor before making the gift. To complete the transaction, please get in touch with us for necessary information.

Many companies sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions their employees make. Contact your Human Resources department to determine if your company will match your gift. 

Making a planned gift is an excellent way to show your support and appreciation for The Nest Academy and its mission while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance or to discuss your ways to give.

Gifts toward endowment support the long-term sustainability of the school. While the principal is kept intact, a portion of interest income is utilized to support operations yearly. Continued endowment growth helps the school maintain reasonable tuition levels while providing excellent programs and exceptional faculty and staff. If you would like to talk about this gift further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hope is a heartbeat away, literally. 

GIVING inspires HOPE.   It takes a village to wrap arms around the community we serve, and now more than ever, we are calling on the strength of our community to lend a hand as we work to meet the significant needs of a very deserving population we get to serve who thrive knowing they have someone to champion their success. The Nest set out to be that champion and has delivered on its promise for 14 years. 

Each day, The Nest is meeting the needs of these children- Educational needs, social, emotional, essential needs, food security, clothing, and shoes, and the list goes on. It takes a village to meet these needs and that is where you can champion their success, too.

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The Nest Academy at Albermarle Road Presbyterian Church 

6740 Albemarle Road Charlotte NC, 28212

School Hours

Monday-Thursday: 7:45am - 3:00pm 

Friday : 7:45am - 12:00 pm

Weekends: Closed

Phone & Email

[email protected]