Nonprofit Incubator

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, RHD’s 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.

Contact RHD’s New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator at:

New Beginnings has helped social entrepreneurs successfully run programs such as 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 and The Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

'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.

These are the ways that RHD champions socially conscious individuals and their goals. We find tremendous value in supporting social entrepreneurs and community members who strive to enrich the standard of living for the people who need it the most. To learn more about how to apply to the New Beginnings Program, you can download the application here:

New Beginnings Application Form

New Beginnings Guidelines

RHD New Beginnings Incubator Programs


Access Sports

Animal Rescue Network

Bianca’s Kids

Blackboard Labs

Breakfree Design Group

Bright Lights Initiative

Center for Leadership Development and Advocacy

Community Accountants

Game Change Hers

Girls Leadership Camp

Give and Go Athletics

God’s Promise

I’m FREE (Females Reentering Empowering Each Other)

Jr. Music Executives

March on Harrisburg

My Path Ahead

Operation Brotherly Love

Phila Community Builders

Philadelphia College Roundtable

PHYLA (Public Health Young Leaders Association)

Prosperity Prep

Put People First! PA

Put Us on the Mapp

Teachers Lead Philly

Women’s Medical Fund