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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Resources for Children with Special Needs

A BBB Accredited charity


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Resources for Children with Special Needs
116 East 16th Street
5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
Year, State Incorporated:
1981, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) is New York City’s only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all special needs, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Resources for Children with Special Needs meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


RCSN’s work improves outcomes and educational results for all children; helps parents develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to advocate for their children; assists families to obtain appropriate educational services for their children; trains parents on special education, disability, and related topics; connects families to community resources that meet their needs, such as camps, afterschool programs, and social services; and builds the capacity of systems, schools, and community-based organizations to successfully include young people with special needs and engage their parents.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Rachel Howard, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Ms. Ellen Miller-Wachtel
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Major League Baseball Productions
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct Mail Appeals, Invitations To Fundraising Events, Grant Proposals, Internet.
Fundraising costs were 30.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $596,036, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Resources for Children with Special Needs' Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Government Grants


Foundation Contributions


Net Assets Released from Restrictions


Special Events Proceeds, Net


Individual Donations


Program Service Revenue


Rental Income


Interest Income




Total Income


Program Expenses  

Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 76%  Fund Raising: 11%  Administrative 13% 
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Beginning net assets $1,170,515
Ending net assets 1,290,298
Total liabilities 101,417

Total assets



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