Fulfill Within Foundation

Building a Brighter Future: Providing Homes, Restoring Hope

Smithfield, NC
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Fulfill Within Foundation

EIN: 88-3586530


To be a trusted service provider in affordable housing, helping vulnerable populations attain home ownership. We fulfill our mission by providing low-income and homeless individuals with the tools and resources they need to achieve self-sufficiency, access affordable housing, and become contributing members of their community.

Notes from the nonprofit

I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to share the mission and impact of the Fulfill Within Foundation through our nonprofit profile on Our committed team, partners, and supporters all work together to empower and uplift young adults who have been emancipated. We are proud to be making a difference in the lives of those we serve. As we continue to grow and develop, we welcome collaboration, partnership, and engagement with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to creating a brighter future for young adults transitioning from foster care. Together, we are building a community that values hope, empowerment, and opportunity through innovative solutions and compassionate support. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the work of the Fulfill Within Foundation. We invite you to join us on our transformative journey as we work towards creating brighter futures for young adults, one home, one hope at a time.

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Principal Officer

Lynette Wortham

Main address

P.O. Box 2926

Smithfield, NC 27577 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Real estate

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Real Estate Organizations (S47)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year in North Carolina, approximately 500 young adults age out of the foster care system, many of whom lack the resources, support, and skills necessary for independent living. They face an increased risk of homelessness, untreated illness, unemployment, and other negative consequences. Housing, in particular, is a significant challenge, with an estimated 25% of these individuals experiencing homelessness within four years of exiting the foster care system.

Our programs

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

Building Futures

The "Building Futures" program addresses the unique challenges faced by young adults aged 18-26 transitioning from the foster care system. This program provides a safe and stable transitional housing environment for young adults leaving foster care while preparing them for permanent housing and eventual home ownership. This program is essential for avoiding the risk of homelessness commonly associated with aging out of the foster care system. Beyond providing a physical home, the Fulfill Within Foundation also invests in the holistic growth of these young adults by providing home ownership and self-sufficiency training classes, case management, and access to educational, emotional, and vocational support.

By providing transitional housing and comprehensive services, the Foundation aims to empower these young adults and equip them with the necessary tools to navigate adulthood successfully.

The Building Futures program helps young adults in Sampson, Wilson, and Harnett County, NC.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Triangle East Chamber of Commerce 2023

North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness 2023

Our results

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Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary goal of the program is to reduce the rates of homelessness, unemployment, and lack of education among youth aging out of foster care.

Goals for the program year:
1. Purchase and renovate a minimum of 2 affordable homes, including through the HUD's Dollar Homes Initiative by December 31, 2023.
2. Provide access to stable housing for at least 20 former foster children by December 31, 2023.
3. Ensure that 90% of program beneficiaries are enrolled in an education or vocational program, or gainfully employed within 3 months of program enrollment.
4. Assist 100% of program beneficiaries in applying for Medicaid within the first three months of their program enrollment.

By providing transitional housing and comprehensive services, the Foundation aims to empower these young adults and equip them with the necessary tools to navigate adulthood successfully. The organization is supported by a committed team of professionals and volunteers, who are passionately dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of the young people we serve.

We intend to do this by providing coordinated access to housing through partner organizations. In addition, we plan to secure single-family homes through our program that we will rehab and sell or lease to eligible emancipated foster youth. We also aim to provide these young adults with the necessary skills and support to maintain their housing, pursue their educational or vocational goals, and help them transition successfully into independent living and adulthood.

A comprehensive marketing and outreach strategy is essential for raising awareness of the Building Futures program and for reaching our target audience. That being said, the following marketing and outreach strategies can be employed to increase the program's visibility and attract potential participants and partners:

1. Website and SEO: Develop a user-friendly and informative website that clearly communicates the program's mission, goals, eligibility criteria, application process, and success stories. Optimize the website for search engines (SEO) to ensure it ranks highly in search results for relevant keywords.
2. Social media presence: Leverage popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to share updates, success stories, event invitations, and engaging content related to affordable housing for vulnerable populations. Engage with followers by responding to comments and messages, encouraging sharing, and using relevant hashtags.
3. Email marketing: Create an email newsletter to keep subscribers informed about program updates, events, and opportunities. Promote the newsletter sign-up on the website and social media platforms to reach a wider audience.
4. Community partnerships: Partner with local government agencies, community-based organizations, real estate agents, investors, and attorneys to promote the program through presentations, flyers, and collaborative events.
5. Local media outreach: Reach out to local newspapers, radio stations, and television channels to share stories about the program's impact, successes, and upcoming events. Write press releases and guest articles to showcase the program's achievements and increase its visibility.
6. Film festival and industry events: Participate in local human service and housing events and conferences to network with professionals and promote the program to a wider audience.
7. Digital advertising: Utilize targeted digital advertising on social media platforms and search engines to reach the target audience. Tailor ad content and targeting to focus on foster youth, including those exiting foster care.
8. Promotional materials: Design eye-catching promotional materials such as brochures, posters, and banners to distribute at community events, partner locations, and local businesses. Ensure the materials clearly communicate the program's mission, goals, and benefits.
9. Testimonials and success stories: Showcase the experiences and successes of program alumni through testimonials, success stories, and video interviews. Share these stories on the website, social media, and promotional materials to demonstrate the program's impact and inspire potential participants.
10. Alumni network: Encourage program alumni to act as ambassadors for the program, sharing their experiences with friends, family, and their communities. Engage alumni in networking events, presentations, and mentoring opportunities to maintain their connection to the program.

1. Diversify funding sources: To maintain financial stability, we will seek funding from a variety of sources, including government grants, private foundations, corporate sponsorships, and individual donations. In addition, we will regularly research and apply for relevant grants and explore opportunities for recurring funding.
2. Fundraising events: We will organize annual fundraising events, such as banquets or auctions, to generate additional revenue and increase community engagement. We will also encourage program alumni and real estate professionals to participate and share their experiences.
3. Develop a donor cultivation strategy: We will create a strategy for cultivating relationships with potential and existing donors, including regular communication, acknowledgment of donations, and invitations to events. We will also implement a tiered donor recognition program to encourage increased giving.
4. Establish an endowment: We will work towards building an endowment fund that can generate investment income to support the program's operating costs, ensuring long-term financial stability.
5. Retain and develop staff and mentors: We will offer competitive salaries, professional development opportunities, and a supportive work environment to attract and retain qualified staff and volunteers. We will also continue to regularly evaluate staff and volunteer performance and provide constructive feedback to ensure continuous improvement.
6. Alumni engagement: We will maintain strong connections with program alumni by involving them in networking events, mentorship and volunteer opportunities, and fundraising efforts. And we will encourage alumni to promote the program within their networks and share their success stories.
7. Forge strategic partnerships: We will develop and maintain partnerships with relevant community-based organizations, educational institutions, real estate industry professionals, and government agencies. We will also leverage these partnerships to access housing resources, expertise, and opportunities for program participants.
8. Evaluate and adapt program offerings: We will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the program through participant feedback, volunteer evaluations, and outcome measurements. And we will use this data to identify areas for improvement and adapt the program's offerings to serve participants better and achieve desired outcomes.
9. Build community support: We will foster relationships with local community leaders, organizations, and businesses to build a network of support for the program. We will also engage the community through events, volunteer opportunities, and collaborations.
10. Promote program visibility and impact: We will implement a comprehensive marketing and outreach strategy to raise awareness of the program, attract participants, and demonstrate its impact. We will also share success stories, testimonials, and program achievements through various communication channels.

• We have an approved application with 48-in-48 to create our website.
• We are registered with the System for Award Management (SAM).
• We seek partnerships with local governments, HUD, and relevant nonprofit organizations.
• We have a Paypal Nonprofit Profile.
• We are currently self-funded. However, to diversify funding sources, we are submitting Grant Applications and Letters of Inquiries to grantors and donors as the Building Futures program aligns with the funding priorities of grantors interested in social justice, youth development, homelessness prevention, and education.

Future Partnership
• Independent Living Services for Foster Children (NC LINKS)
• Town of Smithfield Government like the town council, mayor's office, or town departments.
• Johnston County Government: The Johnston County Board of Commissioners, the Johnston County Department of Social Services, or the Housing Authority.
• State of North Carolina: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

What's Next?
• Identify potential properties under the HUD Dollar Homes program.
• Finalize program curriculum and support services in consultation with experts and stakeholders.
• Establish Social Media Presence (YouTube channel:, like Instagram
• HUD Nonprofit Approval Letter

Property Acquisition and Renovation
• Purchase identified properties and initiate the renovation process.
• Complete renovation and setup of homes to be ready for occupation.

Participant Identification and Onboarding
• Identify potential program participants in collaboration with local social services.
• Conduct individual assessments and onboarding sessions with participants.

Program Implementation
• Participants move into homes, begin life skills programs, and receive support services.
• Regular check-ins, mentoring sessions, and evaluations begin.

Ongoing Program and Support
• Continue life skills programs, mentoring, and support services.
• Regularly monitor and evaluate participants' progress and program effectiveness.

Program Evaluation and Reporting
• Conduct comprehensive program evaluation to measure outcomes and impacts.
• Prepare and disseminate reports on findings to stakeholders and funders.

The Building Futures program timeline is an estimation. It may be adjusted based on a variety of factors, such as the availability of homes, renovation timescales, and individual needs of the participants. The organization commits to keeping stakeholders updated on any significant changes to this timeline.

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.

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  • 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fulfill Within Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Fulfill Within Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

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Principal Officer

Lynette Wortham

Meet Lynette Wortham, a remarkable entrepreneur who is dedicated to making a positive impact on people's lives. She is the proud owner of True Fulfillment Credit Repair, where she empowers her clients by providing credit repair services that remove bankruptcy and COVID-related medical bills from their credit reports. In addition to her credit repair services, Lynette extends her expertise to personal development, where she supports divorcees and empaths in their journey of self-discovery and growth. Lynette's talents also extend to the voiceover industry, where she owns Lynette Wortham Voiceover. Her captivating voice is perfect for narration, explainer videos, and e-learning projects. Furthermore, Lynette demonstrates her commitment to creating positive change by serving as the Board Chair and Executive Director of Fulfill Within Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of young adults who have aged out of the foster care system.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 08/15/2023
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Board co-chair

Lynette Wortham

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Term: 2025 - 2023

Board co-chair

Ramses Martinez

Gale Lennard

Teresa McDonald

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/14/2023

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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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.