Support NEST with a Tax-Free IRA Distribution

The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 makes permanent the provision allowing tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts (IRA) to public charities, by individuals age 70 ½ or older, up to a maximum of $100,000 per taxpayer per year. The IRA charitable rollover was also made retroactive to January 1, 2015.

NEST is a qualified charity under the Act and may receive these IRA distributions. Eligible donors are encouraged to support NEST’s mission via this gift opportunity.

cute-coupleDonors must be at least age 70 ½ at the time of the distribution. In addition, the distribution is to be made directly from your IRA account to NEST as coordinated by your fund/account administrator. The amount distributed will not be included in the donor’s federal taxable income and will count toward the required minimum distribution amount. This gift method does not apply to SEP or Simple IRAs, or to 401(k), 403(b) and Keogh accounts, nor may the distributions be used to establish a planned gift.

Donors will be recognized under NEST’s donor recognition program at the level commensurate with their gift(s). Prospective donors or their financial advisors are encouraged to use this Sample Letter when contacting their IRA plan administrator to initiate a qualified charitable distribution from an IRA account. For tax purposes, donors will receive a written acknowledgment for their qualified charitable distribution.

If you have questions about the IRA charitable rollover please call the NEST office at 206.525.6378.

Thank you very much for your support of NEST! 

Together, for the Journey – Community Stories

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Thank you for helping to ensure that our elder neighbors have the support they need to make it through the best and the most difficult days of their lives.

Caregiving Together

Who would you turn to when you begin to lose your most trusted confidant and best friend to illness, and find yourself facing the most challenging days of your life?  If you’re like the NEST members below, you relish your friendships with neighbors who are walking the same steps as you.

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Estell and Irv

Estell and Irv always knew they wanted to stay together in their home for as long as possible. As Irv’s health declined, they were determined to try to stay together in their home until the end. Estell’s mother passed away when she was 21, so caregiving wasn’t new to her. Still, “when it’s your spouse and you’ve been so close for 57 years…. It is very different. We didn’t know if we could make it to the end. Thankfully, through it all, NEST was there for us and we were able to be together just as we wanted.”

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Rosemary

Rosemary and David were in the midst of living their busy, independent lives, when David’s illness snuck up on them. Rosemary had the support of friends and stepchildren, but having the support of women on the same journey through NEST made all the difference. “I would have been a lot lonelier and more isolated. I would have denied how normal my feelings were.”

Ron & the Men’s Group 

From the very beginning, people wanted a NEST men’s group. Getting the guys together was as much a challenge as it was a good idea. While we had women walking, talking about books, and supporting each other as caregivers almost from day one, our first men’s group came together only after many months of trying. So when NEST Builder and volunteer Ron Hopper stood up at January’s Pancake Breakfast with the idea of forming a second men’s group, I wasn’t sure it would work.

Monday Men's Group

Monday Men’s Group

Now, nine months later, the verdict on NEST’s second men’s group is in. As Ron told me, “We really enjoy each other. There’s 15 years between the youngest and oldest members, but it’s still easy to find subjects that touch us all in some way. Each of us had some sort of leadership role in our careers and now we’re all sorting out this new phase of our journey.”

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Ron

“In our 9 months together we’ve seen some losses. A few of the guys are going through major life changes, and we get to talk about those more and more. It’s encouraging to all of us. I facilitate this group because the extent that we can share our journeys with each other makes our lives more meaningful.”

Janet & Why a Ride Matters

Just weeks before her husband, Frank suddenly needed 24-hour care in an assisted living facility, Janet joined NEST. She told me, “I couldn’t drive my car anymore because of sight problems. I tried using public transportation, but found it too difficult. Discovering NEST and their volunteer drivers was a godsend to me.”

Janet and Frank celebrate Frank's 91st birthday together last year

Janet and Frank celebrate Frank’s 91st birthday together last year

In the past year, NEST services, particularly transportation, have tripled. In October 2015 we coordinated 56 rides; in October of this year we coordinated over 150 rides.

But what’s the best part about NEST’s volunteer transportaion? “Through NEST I’ve met interesting people, both my own peers and younger volunteers. I can get out and enjoy our community and world. Living on my own, especially since my husband’s passing, I have found these friends even more important than rides.”

Why choose NEST?

Marilyn Spotswood, President, NEST Board of Directors

Marilyn Spotswood, President, NEST Board of Directors

As 2016 comes to a close, I’m thinking of all the reasons I support NEST, both as President of the Board of Directors and as a financial donor.  

Why do I choose to give to NEST over other wonderful philanthropic causes in my neighborhood and community? I have two primary reasons. First, I believe in NEST’s vision: To live in a community where no one has to grow older alone. I see you bringing this vision to life when I attend a potluck or a gathering at the Center for Urban Horticulture. I see you talking, sharing stories, enjoying each other’s company. I see you connecting so that we can grow older together. You inspire me and give me so much hope.

The other reason I support NEST is more personal.  

Six years ago when my mom started to show early signs of dementia, she was living alone in the Gulf Coast of Alabama, as far from me as you can imagine. Here I was, in Seattle, working part-time and raising two young children. I could only travel to see her once every couple of months. I wasn’t concerned about her health or safety – we could manage those things from a distance. My concern was that she was losing touch with her friends and neighbors. She was becoming more and more isolated.  

Marilyn and her mom

Marilyn and her mom

All I wanted was a friendly visitor to check in on her, or someone to invite her out to a social gathering. I called local churches and other non-profit organizations, but never found support that was consistent or reliable. I was so frustrated and heartbroken. Without this vital support of community around her, we eventually had to move my mom into a long-term care facility.

I can’t tell you how thankful and relieved I would have been to have a local village – a local NEST – that I could call upon. I know my mom would have loved to connect with friendly neighbors on a regular basis. The ability to pick up the phone and have trustworthy resources at my fingertips would have brought me great peace and made her last years infinitely better.

Thank you for making NEST what it is today and for traveling with me on this journey.

Why NEST’s Small Groups Matter

NEST’s truest power lies in our small member groups. While our volunteers do amazing things every single day, our small groups allow neighbors to dive below the surface together and explore their own deeper truths.

Instead of being alone, filled with loss or regrets, I see members emerge from these small groups with a powerful sense of hope and belonging.

Members Joeve and Debbie must have understood this at some level when they stood up at January’s Pancake Breakfast to propose a new NEST Poetry Group.

“Sharing a poem opens us up to each other in a way other language doesn’t.” Marlene told me at the last Poetry Group meeting, “There’s more intimacy here. You can go deeper with the people.” As Elhri put it, “poetry is the shorthand to the soul.”

Poetry Group meets at the NEST Office

Debbie added, “This group is so rich because of the life experiences at the table. It’s the quality of what people have to say. Learning the reason why we love a certain poem helps us to see and understand each other at a deeper level.”

NEST organizes 15 small groups that serve 80 people each month. For some, a NEST group is the boost they need to get through the day, for others, it is the lifeline that needs to last the whole month.

button_donate-now-1“And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.” ~ Robert Fulghum

NEST’s Giving Campaign FAQ

Why should I donate to NEST?

We hope that you will give because you want to ensure that no one in NE Seattle need grow older alone. Your financial support ensures that our neighbors can grow older in a vibrant community that supports and inspires them through the best and the most challenging days of their lives.  

How do I make a gift?

Here are 4 easy ways to give:give-button-red

  1. CLICK HERE to make a secure donation online
  2. Mail your gift to NEST at PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115
  3. Call the NEST office and make your gift over the phone: 206-525-63782
  4. Make an IRA charitable rollover gift to NEST – Learn more here

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, all donations are 100% tax deductible!

Where do my donations go?

Your donation builds a network of staff, interns, and volunteers who support, empower and inspire our elder neighbors to remain vibrant resources in our communities, and creates the kind of neighborhoods we all want to grow older in.

With each passing month, NEST coordinates an increasingly complex array of programs and services. We are proud to be the largest village in Seattle and one of the busiest of the 200 villages nationally.

2016 has been twice as busy as last year. We are coordinating more member-run groups, community gatherings and volunteer services than ever before – more than 600 volunteer hours monthly and 30+ events monthly! We have navigated this growth even while our income has remained steady with the help of more volunteers and members than ever before.  

Your financial support means that we have the team to effectively coordinate the people and the details needed to navigate this journey together.

Why do you have this campaign when I already pay a membership fee?

NEST’s current operating budget is approximately $200,000. Our membership dues cover only 40% of this budget. The remaining funds come from generous supporters like you, along with business sponsors and grants.

Can I make a gift through my IRA?

Yes! Donors age 70 ½ have an easy, tax-wise option for making a gift to NEST – an IRA charitable rollover gift.  A gift made directly from your IRA to NEST can help you:

  • Reduce your current income tax
  • Build a community of elders in your neighborhood
  • See the impact of your charitable giving now
  • Reduce the potential impact of federal estate and gift taxes
  • Reduce the tax impact of IRA required minimum distributions

If you’re thinking about making a gift to NEST through your IRA, talk with your financial advisor to see if you qualify. You can use this sample letter when contacting their IRA plan administrator to initiate a qualified charitable distribution from an IRA account. For tax purposes, you will receive a written acknowledgment for your charitable distribution. If you have questions about the IRA charitable rollover, you can learn more here or contact NEST at 206.525.6378 or info@nestseattle.org

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Advancement Coordinator Job Announcement

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NEST seeks an emerging fundraising and communications leader to serve as our Advancement Coordinator. This is a full-time position.

Apply to join our team if you:

  • Love using both your philanthropic and your communications skills to foster a vibrant intergenerational community.
  • Are a self-starter who is driven to serve people, and who enjoys creating order out of ambiguity.      
  • Want to help a small nonprofit grow its development strategies.
  • Have a solid understanding of donor-centered development principles and practices.
  • Communicate equally well online and in person.
  • Love data as much, or almost as much, as you love people.
  • Are the consummate team player who works well in a lively and changing environment.

Background: Founded in 2009, Northeast Seattle Together (NEST) is a growing and vibrant community of 200 aging village members, 250 community volunteers, and 68 trusted service providers. We are a grassroots nonprofit organization governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, staffed by three nonprofit professionals, and guided by the investment and active involvement of village members, community volunteers, and business partners.

NEST is driven by the belief that no one should have to grow alone – that each of us can age and grow better together. We help elders who live in Northeast Seattle to remain safe and supported in their homes through empowerment, affinity, support, and enrichment. We are one of 200 villages nationally, and one of three villages operating in the Seattle area. The NEST village supports elders in 15 Northeast Seattle neighborhoods and is bounded by the Montlake Ship Canal to the south, the Northgate Way and NE 110th Street to the north, Lake Washington to the east, and Interstate 5 to the west.

Position Summary:  In partnership with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Program Coordinator and committee volunteers, the Advancement Coordinator plans and coordinates individual giving, corporate sponsorship, grant writing, special events and related brand communications. The Advancement Coordinator is responsible for building development and communications strategies that are consistent with the organization’s mission and vision, inspires committed supporters, and facilitates the achievement of strategic organizational goals.  The Advancement Coordinator works closely with program and administrative staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Donor, Sponsor, & Grant Cultivation and Management

  • Work with the Executive Director and leadership team to develop and implement annual development plan that outlines cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and acknowledgment activities that move individual donors, corporations, foundations, and volunteers to action.
  • Ensure that NEST’s online giving processes run smooth and effectively for donors, business sponsors, members, volunteers and staff.
  • Ensure that donors and business sponsors are tracked thoroughly using Salesforce.
  • Compose and produce grant applications, proposal letters, reports and other written materials.

Communications Coordination and Management

  • In partnership with the Executive Director and NEST committee members, develop digital and printed materials used to communicate with donors, business sponsors and members.
  • Develop printed materials and managing mailing processes, including working with volunteers.
  • Coordinate social media strategies with staff and volunteers.
  • Develop copy and manage web page content.

Event Coordination

  • Effectively coordinate the details for designated events so that NEST volunteers, staff and board members are clear about roles, tasks and deadlines.
  • Ensure that identified follow-up activities, such as data entry, thank you notes, invoices and payments are completed in an accurate, thorough and timely manner.
  • Participate in meetings & events to ensure effective event coordination.

General 

  • Keep the Executive Director informed donor needs and trends.
  • Ensures consistent & timely progress in meeting NEST’s goals & objectives related to donor services.
  • Collaborate on other tasks with staff and volunteers to ensure that NEST’s goals are achieved.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years experience as a resource development and communications professional (equivalent education/experience may be substituted for stated requirements).
  • Experience in broad-based resource development strategies including: individual giving, major giving, special events, planned giving, corporate and foundation giving.
  • Experience developing online and printed materials for income-producing and brand development purposes.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing, entrepreneurial, and program start-up environment.
  • Effective planning and implementing skills, demonstrated ability to prioritize activities and be comfortable dealing with ambiguity
  • Knowledge and experience with resource development database applications (Salesforce strongly preferred).
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of the organization.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, WordPress, design program (InDesign, Publisher) and CRM.

Preferred

  • Skilled using SalesForce, Publisher, InDesign
  • Demonstrated ability to manage grants, grant writing experience a plus.
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to personal vehicle.
  • Familiar with the needs and wants of people aged 65 and older.
  • Experience coordinating action steps with volunteers.
  • Experience in a community center setting.

Compensation:

  • $42,000-$47,000 annually, DOE
  • Medical insurance

Application Process:

To be considered for interviews beginning March 6th, please send, in one pdf, -a 1 page cover letter, plus resume to judy@nestseattle.org by noon Pacific Time, March 1st, 2017.  Include in subject line: Your Name, Advancement Coordinator

                                                    

NEST Book Fair

bookfairJoin your neighbors, buy books and make sure that no one in NE Seattle grows older alone!

Between Saturday, October 8th – Sunday, October 16th, University Book Store is generously donating a percent of  in-store or online book purchases to NEST!

Present our book fair voucher code NST when you check out.

Be sure to join us at University Book Store and Town Hall Seattle for these featured author events supporting NEST!

Saturday, October 8th—Children’s Book Illustrators – 12:00—4:00 pm at University Book Store.

Sunday, October 9th—NEST & Woody Wheeler, ‘Look Up!’ – 12:30 —2:00 pm,

   Dav Pilkey, ‘Dog Man’ graphic novel for young readers – 2:00—4:00 pm at University Book Store.

Tuesday, October 11th—Dr. Emeran Mayer, ‘The Mind-Gut Connection’ – 7:30 pm at Town Hall Seattle, $5 Tickets available online.

Thursday, October 13th—Garth Nix, ‘Goldenhand’ sci-fi series for young adults – 7:00 pm at University Book Store.

Friday, October 14—Alexander McCall Smith, ‘No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series’ – 7:30 pm at Town Hall Seattle, $5 tickets available online.

 

New Nest for NEST – Update

Thank you!

In the 4 weeks between August 2nd & 31st, we set out to see if the NEST community wanted and would help fund a New Nest for NEST. We heard your hopes and ideas for a new NEST home loud and clear. In that one month, the NEST community gave and pledged a total of $59,827 for a New Nest for NEST!

As always, your generosity exceeds our best expectations!

With your support and inspiration, we are actively exploring potential new space each week. Here is an update on what we know as of September 19, 2016.

We are blessed to have had a great team, led by NEST Builder and volunteer, Steve Camp, working diligently on this project. After visiting 21 commercial spaces, 7 churches, and 6 spaces on Magnuson Park Campus,  talking with City Council members Johnson and Juarez, Magnuson Park Directors, and a staff member from the Office of Economic Development, we found that commercial spaces tend to be too expensive and lack community feel and parking. Churches have parking and a great community feel, but most are already partnering with other nonprofits or lack accessibility we need. Even though it is at the edge of the NEST area, Magnuson Park holds several promising spaces, but each of these is 18 months – 3 years away.

The need for an accessible space is even more urgent than I initially realized. Given our urgent need to have our space be accessible, the reality of the NE Seattle rental landscape, Magnuson Park’s timing, and confidence that the full NEST community will help us reach our fundraising goals, the NEST Board of Directors approved us to:

  1. Move to an accessible and affordable temporary space that requires little upfront investment with a likely move January – March of 2017.
  2. Work toward securing/refurbishing space on the Magnuson Park campus with a likely move in 2018 or 2019.
  3. Stay open to finding an even better place than Magnuson.

Moving into an accessible and affordable space in the near future rather than waiting a couple years seems essential to serving current members and welcoming new members. Your pledges/donations enable us to pay any increased rents that come with better space. We are as committed as always to be thoughtful stewards of your financial support.

As our plans continue to solidify we will keep you up to date and invite you to stay in touch with any questions or ideas you may have.

Thank you!

 

NEST is Hiring! Program Coordinator Job Announcement.

NEST Program Coordinator Job Announcement

Apply to join our team if you:

  • Love supporting elders and volunteers, building community, and using technology to coordinate and communicate with ease.
  • Are a self-starter who is driven to serve people, willing to navigate the discomfort that comes with leading and enjoy creating order out of ambiguity.
  • Communicate equally well online and in person.
  • Are an organizational nerd – you have heart, a strong customer service orientation AND you relish the details.
  • Are the consummate team-player who works well in a fast paced and changing environment.

Background:

Founded in 2009, Northeast Seattle Together (NEST) is a growing and vibrant community of 190 aging village members, 240 community volunteers, and 68 trusted service providers. We are a grassroots nonprofit organization governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, staffed by three nonprofit professionals, and guided by the investment and active involvement of village members, community volunteers, and business partners.

NEST is driven by the belief that no one should have to grow alone – that each of us can age and grow better together. We help elders who live in Northeast Seattle to remain safe and supported in their homes through empowerment, affinity, support, and enrichment. We are one of 200 village nationally, and one of three villages operating in the Seattle area. The NEST village supports elders in 15 Northeast Seattle neighborhoods and is bounded by the Montlake Ship Canal to the south, the Northgate Way and NE 110th Street to the north, Lake Washington to the east, and Interstate 5 to the west.

Position Details:

The Program Coordinator is a key leader within NEST who ensures that member services, groups, events, programs, and administrative functions such as communications,database usage work well and meet NEST’s goals and standards. The Program Coordinator works as a part of a collaborative team, and uses the skills, expertise, experience and insights of a diverse group of volunteers, interns, and members to implement the systems and practices that meet NEST’s mission and goals. The Program Coordinator reports directly to NEST’s Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Members, Volunteers, and Vendors 70%

  • Effectively track and coordinate the details for member services, groups, events, and programs so that NEST volunteers, staff, members, vendors, and the
  • NEST community are clear about opportunities, roles, tasks and deadlines and established performance metrics are achieved.
  • Train and support member services volunteers to realize NEST’s mission, values, and established performance metrics.
  • Ensure that volunteers are recruited, oriented and supported to achieve program performance goals/metrics.
  • Anticipate problems and contribute potential solutions so that services, groups, events, and programs are implemented smoothly.
  • Ensure that identified follow up activities, such as data entry, letters, invoices and payments are completed in an accurate, thorough and timely manner.
  • Participate in meetings to ensure effective coordination of member services, groups, events, and programs.

Communications 20%

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, staff and volunteers, develop online and printed materials used to communicate with a diverse group of donors, business sponsors, members and the general NEST community.
  • Ensure that NEST groups, events, and programs are well-publicized, including postings on NEST website, social media, and community events calendars.
  • Ensure that NEST’s website is up-to-date, user friendly, and working effectively for donors, business sponsors, members, volunteers and staff .
  • Coordinate membership-related marketing projects and mailings (including working with volunteers), NEST’s monthly newsletter, social media & website content.

Database Management 5%

  • Ensure the effective functioning of NEST’s database.
  • Ensure that NEST volunteers and staff are adequately trained to use database.
  • Ensure that systems for tracking donors, business sponsors and memberships are accurate, thorough and used well.
  • Generate monthly performance reports, and train others to run reports.

General 5%

  • Keep the Executive Director and team informed of member and volunteer needs and trends.
  • Collaborate on other tasks with staff and volunteers to ensure that NEST’s goals are achieved.
  • Ensure that NEST has adequate office supplies.
  • Attend and help run NEST events as requested.

Qualifications and Skills

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree
    Specifically, your experience and skills include:
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating events and activities.
  • Working cross-culturally – age, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability and more.
  • Experience coordinating volunteer services.
  • Excellent digital and in-person communication and customer service skills.
  • Prioritizing multiple demands to meet deadlines (and help volunteers to do the same).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite design programs, WordPress, and CRM.
  • Using a solution oriented, collaborative, strengths-based approach to coordination and delivery of services.
  • Developing online and printed materials for income-producing purposes.
  • Multi-tasking, attention to detail and constructive problem-solving skills.

Preferred

  • Strong SalesForce, Publisher, InDesign experience and skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and regular access to personal vehicle.
  • Experience working with people aged 65 and older.This is a full-time exempt position, includes health and benefit package.
    Salary $35,000 – $50,000 DOE

Application Process:

Open until filled.
To be considered for interviews beginning September 26th, please send 1 page cover-letter, plus resume to Judy@nestseattle.org by noon Pacific Time, September 23, 2016. Include in subject line: Your Name, NEST Program Coordinator.

Together We Can!

We’re always better together. Need proof? Just take a look at these stories of community and connection from NEST members and volunteers, shared during GiveBIG 2016. Click the images to see more.

Ladies Lunch – Keeping Friends Close and the Calendar Full

The opportunity to gather with new friends can transform a regular Friday into a special occasion.

The opportunity to gather with new friends can transform a regular Friday into a special occasion.

A Trip to Kitsap – Staying in Touch with What Matters Most

With NEST, members like Jane have the freedom to “hit the road” and stay in touch with what matters most to them.

With NEST, members like Jane have the freedom to “hit the road” and stay in touch with what matters most to them.

Poetry Appreciation – Sharing Passions and Building Relationships

A large and diverse membership means it’s easier to find someone who’s interested in the same things you are.

A large and diverse membership means it’s easier to find someone who’s interested in the same things you are.

Program Committee – Leading the Way

With NEST, NE Seattle elders are visible leaders in our community, and we benefit directly from the ideas, wisdom, and sense of fun that only a group of elders can provide!

With NEST, NE Seattle elders are visible leaders in our community, and we benefit directly from the ideas, wisdom, and sense of fun that only they can provide!

Day of Service – Connecting Neighbors of All Ages

NEST members benefit from the enthusiasm, energy and generosity of volunteers of all ages!

NEST members benefit from the enthusiasm, energy and generosity of volunteers of all ages!

Join us for an upcoming event, read the newsletter, or contact the office for more ways to connect with your neighborhood!

We're Always Better Together!

We’re Always Better Together!