Resources for Human Development

4700 Wissahickon Ave., Suite 126
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 951-0300, ext. 3435
Website: www.rhd.org , www.rhd.org/newbeginnings

Contact:
Tommie Suggs
Program Manager
tommie.suggs@rhd.org.

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1971
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1971
Number of sponsored projects: 38

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
We charge 15% on all expenses. As each expense, whether payroll, supplies, phone bills or benefits, is charged to the member's unit, a 15% charge is also incurred.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Geographic: Philadelphia area
  • Type of service
  • Has an advisory group
  • Other: Ideal program qualities: A. Clear service niche. B. Identified community need for service. C. Nonduplicative of other services currently being provided in the identified service area particularly of those within the Incubator. D. Well-researched. E. Supported by community members/advisory board. F. Alignment with RHD values. G. Clear nonprofit mission (vs. for profit). Founder/Advisory Board/Program has strong commitment to: a. The issue being addressed. b. The quality of services provided. c. The safety of clients/staff/volunteers. d. A stick-with-it attitude.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth and families
  • Disaster relief
  • Drug treatment
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Environment/sustainable growth
  • Faith-based/religious
  • Festivals and events
  • Health/nutrition
  • Housing
  • International development
  • Mental health
  • People or communities of color/minorities
  • Political advocacy/social justice
  • Social services
  • Transportation
  • Women
  • Youth development

Services we offer projects:

  • Auditing
  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Computer IT
  • Human resource management
  • Insurance
  • Legal services
  • Office space
  • Organizational development
  • Payroll
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Tax reporting

Organization description:
The mission of the New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator (NB) is to enhance the Philadelphia region's nonprofit landscape by helping small, community-based programs grow, build their skill base, and maximize their impact. New Beginnings is a program of Resources for Human Development, one of Philadelphia's largest and most diverse social service providers. History: RHD began helping fledging nonprofit organizations in 1971 after several groups approached the corporation's executive director looking for start-up support. Initially, the main thrust of RHD's support of these start-ups was in the provision of fiscal sponsorship, and other assistance was provided through informal consultation and technical support by senior RHD staff. By 1980, RHD found itself working with more than a dozen small organizations and facing an increasing demand for assistance as word had spread through the nonprofit community about the corporation's willingness to support fledgling organizations. In response to this need, RHD formalized its services to form the Incubator in 1981. Since then, RHD has supported more than 200 fledgling nonprofit organizations and many hundreds more have approached RHD for assistance.

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