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Riverfront North Partnership

Connecting Parks. Connecting People.

aka Riverfront North Partnership   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  https://riverfrontnorth.org/

Mission

The mission of Riverfront North Partnership (formerly DRCC) is to complete and sustain the riverfront trail and network of parks along the Delaware River that connects residents of urban neighborhoods to nature, offering unparalleled recreational, community building, and environmental education activities.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Stephanie Phillips

Main address

3460 N. Delaware Avenue Suite 306

Philadelphia, PA 19134 USA

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Formerly known as

Delawere River City Corp

EIN

20-2231228

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) started as a vision by Congressman Bob Borski and our nonprofit was founded in the belief that every Philadelphian should have direct access to their riverfronts. We work closely with the City of Philadelphia to acquire, build, and manage 11 miles of trail and 8 riverfront parks. The trail is currently 65% built. With several new segments and connectors in design or recently completed, we see the dream for a continuous river trail in Northeast Philadelphia – and regional and national trail systems – becoming a reality. With the understanding that trail construction will end in the next five years, RNP is focused on growing an engaged community and the highest standard of stewardship. Strategic investments in capacity since 2016 have allowed RNP to strengthen its public programs, volunteerism, and raise over $1 million for shoreline and coastal plain forest restoration initiatives.

Our programs

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

Stewardship and Engagement

Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) was founded by Congressman Bob Borski in 2004 in the belief that every Philadelphian has the right to enjoy their rivers and vibrant natural spaces. We work with the community and the City of Philadelphia to transform industrial brownfields into an 11-mile public greenway on the northern Delaware River in Philadelphia. The greenway connects to the regional Circuit Trail (800 miles) and national East Coast Greenway (3000 miles) networks.

Even as we complete community-driven capital projects, we engage volunteers of all ages to learn about and care for their parks and trails with us. We cultivate partnerships to offer over 200 free programs that increase equitable access to the riverfront, providing gateway experiences in nature that encourage repeat visits and, ultimately, a sense of ownership and volunteerism through tree plantings and cleanups. Our land stewardship approach received the 2021 Governor's Award for Environmental Stewardship.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

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.

Strategic Purpose 2020 to 2024
Riverfront North Partnership’s will focus on connecting people back to their river. Together, we will achieve a vision for a resilient and sustainable greenway, with safe and welcoming access to the Delaware River for our increasingly diverse community. Our vision relies on five overarching goals.

Mission: To complete and sustain the riverfront trail and network of parks along the Delaware River that connects residents of urban neighborhoods to nature, offering unparalleled recreational, community building, and environmental education activities.

Goal 1: COMPLETE AND CONNECT the greenway
Goal 2: STEWARD our riverfront to the highest standards
Goal 3: ENGAGE a growing community in nature-based activities
Goal 4: PROMOTE the greenway as a destination
Goal 5: STRENGTHEN our resources and capacity

STRATEGIES
Goal 1: COMPLETE AND CONNECT the greenway
• Create sustainable trail and park infrastructure with the City of Philadelphia.
• Connect adjacent neighborhoods to the greenway and river.
• Restore the health of our waterways, living shorelines, and coastal plain forests.

Goal 2: STEWARD our riverfront to the highest standards
• Advance healthy and functional landscapes through best practices in management.
• Welcome park users with well-maintained facilities and trails.
• Foster diverse habitats and ecology on the Delaware River shoreline.

Goal 3: ENGAGE a growing community in nature-based activities
• Cultivate partnerships that increase access to a welcoming and vibrant riverfront.
• Grow with our community to activate the greenway for recreation and natural discovery.
• Attract volunteers of all ages to learn about and care for their environment.

Goal 4: PROMOTE the greenway as a destination
• Increase our visibility through networks and partnerships.
• Raise awareness of our greenway as an environmental resource and economic asset
• Assess our impact in our neighborhoods and environment.


Goal 5: STRENGTHEN our resources and capacity
• Represent and include the diverse communities that access the greenway.
• Expand network of supporters, friends, and volunteers to sustain the greenway.
• Support organizational systems to align with increased stewardship and engagement.
• Ensure that we have diverse and robust financial resources to achieve our mission.

We understand that healthy outdoor recreation starts with a fun, customized experience. We tailor each outdoor program and volunteer event to our audience and partners. This approach has grown our constituent base exponentially in just several years, raising our visibility as a green resource in Northeast Philadelphia.

We can do this because we are a small, agile organization with a culture of collaboration. We know that activating 11 miles of trail with 8 parks requires more than our own efforts. It will take the dedication of a community of volunteers and partners. Because of this, RNP is building and activating these spaces with – and not just for – the people who will be using it. The greenway’s sustainability depends entirely on our ability to connect people with nature and each other in our shared spaces. And we are making great strides – in 2018 we logged over 5,000 volunteer hours from a dozen partner organizations.

To facilitate that connection, we include an environmental education component in every volunteer day and event. For example, we explain why the Delaware River watershed is an essential habitat to waterfowl as volunteers build goose enclosures along the shoreline. We point out the beaver lodge at Pennypack on the Delaware as volunteers clear our tidal wetlands of debris. We discuss how the invasive Japanese hops came to America and the importance of planting understory trees in reclaiming an industrial shoreline. These factors make us different to our partners and, consequently, we are developing the long-term relationships that we seek.

The stewardship program achieves our mission to complete and sustain the riverfront trail and network of parks along the Delaware River and connect residents of urban neighborhoods to nature. We are leading the effort in partnership with the City of Philadelphia to assure the completed greenway is an essential resource for healthy outdoor recreation and community connections. When completed, the trail will be a key connection in the East Coast Greenway, the trail that runs from Maine to Florida.

As we animate these spaces through events, volunteerism, and environmental learning, we are bringing our neighbors back to their river. We are creating a community that is not only using their greenway for recreation, but is also actively helping us to create and maintain these spaces for themselves and each other.

The stewardship program is also informing Riverfront North’s vision for a sustainable greenway. Our nonprofit peers, civic partners, volunteer groups, and school leaders have been working side-by-side with us as we undergo design for specific trail segments and park, and they have been directly involved in a new master site planning process launched in March 2018.

Our success in community engagement is increasing our visibility with public and private funders. The trail will be complete in five years, and we are diversifying our base of support as we transition to an organization that engages and stewards the greenway.

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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, contact info for fully diverse range of people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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Riverfront North Partnership

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Borski,

Chair & CEO

Robert A. Borski,

DRCC

James Donaghy

DRCC

Mark Hankin

Hankin Management

Dana Russikoff

SureShade, LLC

James J. Anderson

Anderson Constrution Co.

Duane Bumb

Philadelphia Dept. of Commerce

Mariann Porter Dempsey

DRCC

Sean Null

Wissinoming Civic

Joseph Slabinski

Slabinski Funeral Home

Steve Yingling

Dietz & Watson

Maggie Borski

PA Office of the State Inspector General

Patricia Craven

Philadelphia Federal Credit Union

Chris Creelman

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Ashley DeVries

Tacony CDC

Altoro Hall

Philadelphia Department of Commerce

Danielle Hankin

Hankin Management Company

Gregory Jones

Waste Management, Inc.

Gina Lavery

Econsult

Michael Mattioni

Mattioni, Ltd.

James McAneney

Michael Nucci

Patrick Sanaghan

Keith Xiao

Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.