HUMANITARIAN SOCIAL INNOVATIONS

Serving People Who Impact Humanity

aka HSI   |   Bethlehem, PA   |  https://www.HSIFiscalSponsor.org

Mission

Mission: Inspiring and connecting social entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to empower them and to maximize their humanitarian impact. We Serve People Who Impact Humanity Vision: We envision a world in which the complexities of beginning and administering an innovative social program do not interfere with the impact of that program. We exist to serve the social entrepreneur. Humanitarian Social Innovations is a nonprofit organization with a humanitarian mission to create social impact through fiscal sponsorship, incubation, and mentorship of early stage nonprofits and grassroots movements. HSI sponsors and develops programs that improve quality of life for any sector of humanity.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Linda Rentschler

Main address

301 Broadway, Suite 115

Bethlehem, PA 18015 USA

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EIN

46-4779591

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Acceleration: Do Something! (Model A) Fiscal Sponsorship

This type of fiscal sponsorship is for projects that do not exist as their own legal entity but are charitable in nature and move HSI forward to improve quality of life for various sectors of humanity. A project under this model of fiscal sponsorship is fully part of the HSI organizations. Their income, expenses, payroll, insurance and so on are part of the whole organization. Examples of projects we currently sponsor under this model are Safe Communities, Bridge Beyond Addiction, US Friends of Hope Flowers School, Blessed Beginnings, Backpack Pals, Do It For Dom, Akua Career Academy, Esther M. Lee African American Heritage Center, Reparations Finance Lab, and Lehigh Valley Anti-Trafficking Week Collaborative.

Population(s) Served

This model of fiscal sponsorship allows a legal entity that is not 501(c)(3) to pre-certify its mission as charitable and in alignment with the sponsor (HSI) in order to receive grants from HSI for their work. At HSI, all of our Certified Grantees are incorporated as nonprofit organizations with their own state. HSI receives tax-exempt funds for the project and regrants those funds to the project provided they maintain their mission and proper grant management and accountability for expenditures. Examples of our Certified Grantee projects include FOV, Inc, Afros In Nature, Mountain Bike Afghanistan, Lehigh Valley My Brother's Keeper, The Lynfield Community Center, Love Thy Elders Enrichment Services and StayWhole Foundation.

Population(s) Served

For organizations that are mission-aligned, charitable in nature, and domiciled outside the United States, we designate this variation on our Certified Grantee sponsorship. International organizations must be legally-registered NGO's in their home country. In addition, they must have a US-based individual that can liaison between the sponsored organization and HSI. Additional vigorous background checks are part of our intake process. Examples of our International Certified Grantee programs are Hope Family Ministry (Tanzania), ERONet (Uganda), Elimu Centre of Education (Kenya), and Mercy World Organization (Tanzania.)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizations accessing payroll and/or accounting services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers represent the Acceleration: Do Something! (Model A) Fiscal Sponsorship programs as well as stand-alone nonprofit organizations accessing these services under contract with HSI.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents a the total number of programs in fiscal sponsorship as of December 31 of the year shown.

Number of fiscal sponsorship dollars distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the total number of grants and project expenses, excluding project administrative fees, for all fiscal sponsored projects in the year shown.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We envision a world in which the complexities of beginning and administering an innovative social program do not interfere with the impact of that program. We exist to serve the people who impact humanity.

Maintain 30-40 Healthy Programs
Evaluate HSI and pinpoint most-needed areas for growth
Create a growth plan for HSI
Classify programs based on their life cycle
Use the Standards for Excellence to create a learning track for each life cycle-move start-ups to growth
Create a sustainable business model around increasing program capacity
Create a sustainable business model around creating capacity for local area nonprofits.


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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve our project leaders and collect feedback from them quarterly.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently added a tab to our client community page where they can access simple fundraising ideas.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 07/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Diane Donaher

Allentown Civic Theatre

Term: 2021 - 2023

Andrew Ward

Lehigh University

John Robinson

Robinson Consulting

Rita Fredericks

Dream Investors, LLC

Michael Planer

Soltech Solutions

Paul Hodges

Soltech Solutions

Darnell Davis

Evolve Media/Aspire to Autonomy

Adreinne McNeil

Lehigh University

Chuck Holder

Chuck Holder, LLC

Todd Watkins

Lehigh University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/18/2022

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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.