Serving People Who Impact Humanity

aka HSI   |   Bethlehem, PA   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 46-4779591


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.

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Executive Director

Linda Rentschler

Main address

301 Broadway, Suite 115

Bethlehem, PA 18015 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture



Food security

Community and economic development

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Population served info

Infants and toddlers



Women and girls

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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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
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
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

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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


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


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,


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.71 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.5 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of HUMANITARIAN SOCIAL INNOVATIONS’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $24,461 -$123,524 -$21,069
As % of expenses 32.0% -114.5% -8.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $24,461 -$123,524 -$21,069
As % of expenses 32.0% -114.5% -8.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $100,977 $189,423 $296,369
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 87.6% 56.5%
Program services revenue 0.3% 39.4% 14.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.4% 0.6% 0.1%
Government grants 49.5% 0.0% 1.3%
All other grants and contributions 36.7% 59.9% 84.1%
Other revenue 13.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $76,516 $107,886 $249,977
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 41.0% 131.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 46.1%
Professional fees 11.2% 29.3% 13.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 88.8% 70.7% 40.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $76,516 $107,886 $249,977
One month of savings $6,376 $8,991 $20,831
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $82,892 $116,877 $270,808

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 22.7 25.0 13.9
Months of cash and investments 22.7 25.0 13.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.8 2.4 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020
Cash $144,669 $224,749 $289,961
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $250 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 5.8%
Unrestricted net assets $145,119 $21,595 $526
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $205,061 $272,522
Total net assets $145,119 $226,656 $273,048

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Linda Rentschler

Linda holds MBA and MEd degrees from Lehigh University and a BA in Biology from Gettysburg College. After serving four years as an officer in the US Army Chemical Corps and 15 as a high school science teacher, she discovered social entrepreneurship during a trip with the Lehigh MBA Department to Chile and Argentina in the summer of 2013. In 2014, she and the founding team incorporated HSI to equip and serve people who wanted to begin charitable programs that would raise the quality of life for people around them. Linda has led many student humanitarian service trips both in the US and abroad, and has a passion for promoting leadership and service. She enjoys the outdoors and many kinds of music. Linda highly values her faith and her family, spending much of her free time with her children and grandchildren.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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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

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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

  • 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.