GOLD2023

Villagers Inc

Where faith, favor and family meet.

BAKERSFIELD, CA

Mission

To empower and cultivate a generation of high achievers.

Ruling year info

2018

President

CurNeisha Lowe

Main address

234 Baker St.

BAKERSFIELD, CA 93305 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

61-1906205

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kern county, although on the rise, has suffered for many years and has earned an unjust reputation for being the home to many neighborhoods that are plagued with crime, truancy, substance abuse, obesity, teen pregnancy, and academic failure. Villagers Inc. seeks to change that and play a major role in this transformation. Villagers Inc. has assessed Kern county’s needs based on its high-risk youth and low-income neighborhoods, and as a response has made it it’s priority to address these issues by meeting the need of a program that provides support through social and community services.

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?

VASP

VASP, Villagers inc After School Program provides children in low-income areas a safe place to receive home work assistance, mentorship and life skill trainings as an alternative to gang activity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Provide families in need with supplemental food baskets to help them get through the week.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

The program plans and supervise children and parents on educational trips in and out of the city. The program includes transportation, paid entry, and a healthy snack or meal.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The program approximately serves 3-5 families a week helping them receive essential living items such as, car seats, couches, baby beds, refrigerators, microwaves, clothing, diapers and much more.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

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 students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

VASP

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients passing job skill competency exams or assessments after completing course

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

VASP

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

VASP

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Study Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Educational Study Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Kern County suffers from a lack of constructive and reliable resources to support families and youth of impoverished neighborhoods. To provide a safe haven for inner-city youth and families of Kern County, Villagers Inc. has developed a program to assist other organizations to meet these needs that are growing faster than one particular program can manage. In the five years since the creation and two years of inception, Villagers Inc. has gained a positive reputation for providing constructive and reliable resources to support families and youth, that has contributed to reducing crime and illicit activity, while increasing academic performance, and building life skills to ensure success in life and in the community.

The four major components of the program strategyconsist of:
- After School Program Services through tutoring, mentorship, and use of computers
- Food Distribution to combat hunger, and promote healthy food choices
- Study Trip Where participants engage in fun educational trips, enjoy being in a group or social setting, and learn to become responsible adolescents and adults
- Life Skills which are integrated throughout all phases of the program, and supply families with resources to receive basic living essentials.

To serve eligible participants, virtually all of whom are unable to pay for services, Villagers Inc. has developed a fundraising plan which includes our annual firework booth fundraiser through TNT Fireworks; an annual partnership with H&R Block in receiving a small donation for every new client that mentions Villagers Inc; and quarterly Parent night out events, where Villagers Inc offers affordable childcare on major holidays known for parent participation such as New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc…

Thus far the organization has successfully served those in the San Bernardino and Bakersfield area, and plans to expand our reach and serve those in small rural cities surrounding Bakersfield, including arvin, Lamont, and Shafter.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

Villagers Inc
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Villagers Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

CurNeisha Lowe

Villagers Inc

Term: 2015 -

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.