Give to the Nest

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”– John Bunyan

Mouths to feed


Minds to educate


Reasons to give

2021-2022 Giving Options

Since the mid-1990’s, approximately 17,000 refugees have been resettled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Many refugees leave behind more than their home when conflict forces them to flee; they must also abandon their school. Becoming refugees at primary and secondary educational levels, these children face tremendous challenges in completing their education.  Refugees who flee while pursuing education often do not find opportunities in refugee camps to continue their studies.  Naturally, this sets back their learning and success. In the face of such difficulties, it is easy for once-ambitious kids to lose hope. At The Nest Academy, we are actively filling in the educational and emotional gaps. We need your help to make our efforts go even further!

Your support is crucial to our efforts to help our students become working and contributing adults in our community.  

 If you’re able, please make a donation to help us achieve our mission. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Here are the ways you can make a donation:

Make a donation online, send a check to 2223 Eastway Drive Charlotte, NC 28205

or Text to Give (833) 983-5396.

Jackie Ruffa King

 Memorial Fund

To honor Jackie Ruffa King, (founder, MC Hildreth’s grandmother) a memorial fund has been established for The Nest Academy in Charlotte NC.

Founded in 2009, The Nest (which Jackie helped name) provides private education to underprivileged students to become first generation graduates.

Your gift will allow The Nest to continue to impart valuable life lessons exemplified in Jackie’s life that have influenced the mission of the school: acceptance, service, love for God and one another, and providing the priceless gift of education.

We are grateful for your support. Thank you.

“The Nest Academy is a place where character, love and service are promoted while genuine learning and growth takes place in our students.” from The Nest Academy Honor Code.

 The Nest Academy was started by MC Hildreth in 2009 with 5-girls in a small donated space in uptown Charlotte. The Academy now has it’s own custom built school building and 36 students are enrolled in the school. Our students are from Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Uganda, Tanzania, Guatemala,  The Congo, Ethiopia, Mexico, Iraq, Malaysia, Argentina, El Salvador and the United States. We currently have 5 full time staff members and dozens of wonderful volunteers who are giving our students a low teacher/student ratio prompting accelerated learning. We are challenging our students to achieve the highest academic standards possible, so they can go on to be a positive influence in our community.