RHD has dedicated its services to the nonprofit sector for more than 40 years. We are committed to aiding the growth and development of community-based programs that stimulate creativity and maximize positive impact in society.
Since 1982, the New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator has operated as a support system for several startup nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region. New Beginnings provides these organizations with the resources they need to develop skills and build their capacity and effectiveness.
New Beginnings has helped social entrepreneurs successfully run programs such as Philadelphia Public School Notebook — an independent, nonprofit news organization serving thousands of supporters of the Philadelphia public schools. Other programs include Bright Lights Initiative, which fosters high standards in literacy, cultural awareness and citizenship among school-aged children who attend Philadelphia-area elementary schools. Each program admitted to the New Beginnings Incubator lends itself to the enhancement and prosperity of the city of Philadelphia. New Beginnings has since graduated more than 50 nonprofit organizations including the nationally renowned Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
'Idealism and reality put together'
The Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia's world-renowned children's museum, began as an RHD program in 1976. Portia Sperr, Please Touch founder, tells the story of an innovative idea that became a great success story at RHD's nonprofit incubator program..
New Beginnings helps its member programs grow through a model that is focused on intensive skill building. Member programs follow a plan designed to equip them with the expertise and information they need to run effective organizations—one-on-one coaching and mentoring.
'They're living their words'
The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement, a New Beginnings Program at RHD, promotes social change, cultural and ethnic diversity and positive self-esteem by giving young people their voice through spoken word poetry. Read about Jadon Woodard turning his life around through his art at The Movement, and Philly Youth Poets' attempts to capture another national championship.