Equipping Young Parents to Raise Healthy Babies

Southport, NC   |
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EIN: 81-0698994


Our VISION is building a strong community one child at a time. Our MISSION is to educate, equip and empower pregnant and parenting adolescents and their families to raise healthy babies.

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Executive Director

Debbie Keener

Main address

1450F Fifty Lakes Drive BSL

Southport, NC 28461 USA

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Subject area info


Parent education

Adolescent parenting

Population served info

Infants and toddlers


NTEE code info

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Pregnancy & Parenting Services

Samara's Village addresses the problematic teen pregnancy and repeat teen pregnancy rates in Brunswick County. Our county has higher teen pregnancy & repeat pregnancy rates than either New Hanover or Pender Counties and it exceeds the state and federal rates, as well. This is according to the 2017 statistics compiled by the Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens, released in 2018.

Teen pregnancy is problematic because it contributes to the occurrence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) within families in a community. According to the US Center for Disease Control ACEs have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. We believe that pregnancy and parenting education is an early intervention for many negative community impacts.

We use the Partners for a Healthy Baby curriculum to provide comprehensive education for the young mother and child development. To educate, equip, & empower our father participants, we use 24/7 Dad, which encourages a positive, healthy attitude regarding fatherhood & parenting. These education programs assist in promoting positive childhood experiences and early detection of delayed child development. We also assist our families in times of financial stress to meet their immediate needs through our Resource Closet and referral to other community resources.

By investing in this special at-risk population, we believe we will achieve long-term benefits for the community and hope to break the cycle of teen pregnancy, poverty, crime and poor health in our rural county.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

A second component of the Samara's Village program are the Program Support Services. Among these services are meeting immediate needs, discussed above and Educational Support to encourage participants to meet their educational goals. Currently we are providing a place where a participant may pursue her/his studies, receive tutoring, and have her child receive attention and care. Our home visitors have also compiled a Baby and Toddler Library from book donations. The objective of this effort is to encourage the moms and dads to read to their prenatal child and continue to do so after birth to promote bonding and literacy.

Two more Program Support Services have been identified, but not implemented.
• An Incentive Program to motivate our participants to complete agreed upon educational goals, life goals, program and life skills courses, and encourage program completion.
• A scholarship program for our participants who need financial assistance to obtain their GED or High School Diploma.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2023 info

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Average of 5.79 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

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Average of 3.2 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

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Average of 5% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of SAMARAS VILLAGE’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 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$3,534 $6,605 $2,709 $49,198
As % of expenses -5.7% 5.3% 1.9% 27.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$6,145 $6,605 $2,709 $49,198
As % of expenses -9.5% 5.3% 1.9% 27.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $69,476 $126,530 $150,986 $230,561
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 82.1% 19.3% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.9% 99.1% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $61,776 $123,828 $139,097 $181,363
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 100.4% 12.3% 0.0%
Personnel 37.6% 28.1% 30.5% 47.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0%
Occupancy 25.2% 13.5% 11.5% 19.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.1%
All other expenses 37.3% 58.4% 58.0% 28.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $64,387 $123,828 $139,097 $181,363
One month of savings $5,148 $10,319 $11,591 $15,114
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $69,535 $134,147 $150,688 $196,477

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2023
Months of cash 3.3 1.0 2.9 11.9
Months of cash and investments 3.3 1.0 2.9 11.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.9 1.2 1.3 11.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2023
Cash $17,158 $9,878 $33,364 $180,155
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $11,430 $8,000 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,338 $5,337 $5,338 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.9% 95.3% 95.3% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.8% 3.9% 22.4% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $5,655 $12,260 $14,969 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $11,803 $8,451 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $11,803 $8,451 $17,339 $0
Total net assets $17,458 $20,711 $32,308 $180,155

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Debbie Keener

As Executive Director, Debbie Keener (Executive Director) brings over 40 years of experience as an educator. She has the ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status, is a goal-oriented individual with strong leadership capabilities, is organized, highly motivated, and detail-directed problem solver, and a proven collaborator with staff, volunteers, and board of directors. Debbie brings an educational background as a Bachelor and Masters of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Millersville University and a certification in Secondary Mathematics from Towson State University as well as a certification in Curriculum from Millersville University . She has served as a volunteer, mentoring young mothers through education, and a Program Director for Samara's Village prior to the Executive Director position.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Diana Setaro

Samara's Village

Term: 2025 - 2023

Board co-chair

Tony Rizzo

Samara's Village

Term: 2023 - 2025

Diana Setaro

Samara's Villageetired

Tony Rizzo

Samara's Village

Diane Saullo

Samara's Village

Robert Pichette

Samara's Village

Judy VanWuyckhuyse

Samara's Village

Jackie Marlette-Boras

Samara's Village

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2023

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