Rebecca Thomas & Associates (RTA) partners with philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to expand opportunities for community and cultural vitality. RTA helps grantmakers achieve impact by aligning capital to organizational needs. We assist nonprofits as they plan for, navigate and learn from change. We support the field with knowledge and perspective about what it takes to build resilient institutions in the service of their missions.
RTA sees our clients as partners in solving organizational and community challenges. To strengthen our collaborations, we seek and respect a diversity of views, listen before we communicate, respond authentically, and commit to continuous learning.
RTA is recognized for our ability to turn our clients’ creative ideas into realistic plans for action. We offer services in organizational development, business strategy, program design & management, and strategic communications.When helpful, we form partnerships with other experienced advisors to complement and extend our work in the areas of strategic planning, financial analysis, evaluation and leadership development.
Rebecca Thomas founded RTA to help nonprofits and their supporters think creatively about how to balance their societal aspirations with business realities. She assists nonprofit leaders in making choices that build organizational health and adaptability. She collaborates with philanthropies to design and implement grant strategies and programs that contribute to vibrant communities.
Rebecca speaks and writes about the relationship between nonprofit finances and mission success, and she advocates for improvements in the way money flows to the sector. She is the co-author of Critical Steps Toward Capital Health in the Cultural Sector, The Case for Change Capital in the Arts and Change Capital in Action: Lessons from Leading Arts Organizations. Her essays have appeared in Grantmakers in the Arts’ Reader, Philanthropy News Digest and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Previously, Rebecca was Vice President at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), a community development financial institution that brings together investments, knowledge and advice to unlock the potential of mission-based organizations. There, she led NFF’s arts strategy, designed and implemented national programs, and directed business and product development efforts. Among her achievements was running the six-year $15 million Leading for the Future initiative, a program that combined flexible capital with advice to help leading performing arts organizations transform their business models to achieve artistic goals. Rebecca is also the architect of two online financial data platforms, developed in partnerships with the Cultural Data Project and GuideStar.
As a former dancer, Rebecca has a particular passion for advising arts and culture nonprofits and grantmakers. She serves on the board of José Mateo Ballet Theatre, and chairs the Finance Committee of DataArts. She is a member of the finance committee of Lark Play Development Center and is an advisor to the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University. She formerly served on the board of the Rock School for Dance Education.
Earlier in her career, Rebecca was an award-winning Senior Economics Correspondent for Smartmoney.com, where she wrote about business and economic trends and appeared as a commentator on CNNfn, MSNBC, and Fox.
She received her MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and her BA from Yale University. She lives in New York City with her husband and two adorable children.
Philip Rosenbloom helps mission-focused organizations develop sound financial strategy. Through a combination of rigorous financial analysis and collaborative communication, he works with clients to develop data-grounded consensus around their financial health, enabling them to plan proactively.
Through his independent consulting and as former Manager of Nonprofit Finance Fund's New York consulting team, he has worked with nonprofit clients across fields such as the arts, human services, and social justice advocacy - including start-ups as well as large institutions. He has also worked with philanthropic institutions to incorporate financial due diligence into their grantmaking practice, managed major technical assistance initiatives, and advised on the development of national data platforms for nonprofit assessment.
In the arts, Phil has worked with clients including the Apollo Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Playwrights Horizons, Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, and Dance Theater of Harlem to plan for financial sustainability and appropriate capitalization through projects such as budget projections and scenarios, cash flow analysis, and reserve planning.
Phil holds a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and an interdisciplinary MA from New York University. Philip serves as board treasurer for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project in Poughkeepsie, NY.