New Paradigm Foundation Inc
2800 Placida Road
Suite 111
Englewood FL 34224

The mission of The New Paradigm Foundation is to provide affordable transitional housing to families at risk of becoming homeless, while teaching them the skills necessary to live a life of self-sufficiency.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathleen Nelson
Board Chair Ms. Kathleen Nelson
Board Chair Affiliation The New Paradigm Foundation
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2001
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Aug 2016
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $145,550.00
Projected Expenses $140,311.00
IRS Letter of Determination
Paradigm IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

The organization’s purpose is to address the existing and growing problem of homelessness in Florida’s Charlotte County area with a creative, yet practical approach. Our approach is innovative and unique in that it focuses on prevention instead of trying to tackle the problem after it is already a fact, and thus, is much harder to resolve.


With the generous donation of 14 housing units from Charlotte County Housing in 2011, our goal of providing affordable transitional housing to families at-risk for homelessness is now a reality. We have graduated several families since the implementation of this program-families who are now living on their own-, with secure employment and no outside assistance. This has been possible through the dedication of personal mentors, and more recently, a trained Case Manager who meets with each client during intake to complete an assessment and creates an IDP (Independent Development Plan), which outlines particular barriers and strategies for resolution. Along with Case Management, mandatory programs including financial literacy classes, life skills and referrals to appropriate community resources guide these families toward personal growth and self-sufficiency.


· Strengthen our infrastructure and organizational readiness to be well-positioned to meet the growing needs of our organization by raising funds to hire additional staff and purchase necessary office equipment.

· Increase our donor and volunteer base in order to continue to increase our efforts to alleviate local family homelessness.

· Obtain grants to maintain our current Case Management Staff and hire additional case workers as needed.

Needs Statement

· $50,000.00 - Case Management Program Maintenance and Core Support Services

· $5,000 to $10,000- Towards materials and site improvements for "Garden of Hope" Community Garden Project. Pot of land located at Tringali Park in Englewood through Charlotte County Parks & Recreation.

· $25,000-Nutrition Program for families in out Transitional Housing Program and Community in general

· $10,000 to $15,000-General maintenance of Homes (repairs, landscaping, insurance, taxes)

· Volunteer Mentors- Guide families in areas of responsibility, accountability, parenting skills, budget, relational skills and who will share in their successes as well as their set-backs with support and caring.

Background Statement

The New Paradigm Foundation is a 501c3 not for profit organization founded in 2001. The Foundation was originally created to meet the unmet temporary financial needs of our neighbors: however, over the first several years, we realized that the need for Transitional Housing in this area was severe.

David Nelson felt prompted by God to open Investors Choice International Real Estate in 2000 and use the company to fund a community foundation. Until December, 2013, when the company was sold, donations generated by Investors Choice funded the Foundation and we were able to donate back to the community in the form of help to pay bills, rental fees, automobile repairs, school supplies and clothing, Christmas gifts, etc. After the real estate collapse in 2006, the Foundation struggled until 2011 when the Transitional Housing Division was created through the donation of 15 housing units from Charlotte County Housing using a (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Grant.

The Transitional Housing Program is just that: a program with guidelines and requirements. Each family-which we define as at least one parent with at least one child under the age of 17-must maintain a stable income-limits for which are set by guidelines of the NSP grand and HUD. Each parent is required to work with the Case Manager and volunteer mentor to resolve barriers and prepare them for real world challenges. More than just “a roof over their heads”, this program strives to housing, as well as a stable, supportive environment where families can become empowered, self-sufficient community members once again.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments
The New Paradigm Foundation transitional homes are located in Charlotte County: Englewood, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda; however, we accept applicants from any area.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Since acquiring the properties from Charlotte County Housing in 2011 and creating the Transitional Housing Program, the challenges of the Foundation have been new and different. With the responsibilities that have resulted from the acquisition of the properties and the details involved in the placement of the families, our administrative load has shown exponential growth and we have had to hire skilled personnel to accomplish numerous tasks.

The Foundation Board and staff are active in fundraising: we hold and annual Gala, “Teach a Man to Fish” which has featured live and silent auctions, an Art auction; other events include 2 very successful Purse Auctions and yard sale. This year we are planning a Murder Mystery Dinner as well as the Gala, which is typically held the first part of the year.

Several local organizations have honored the Foundations with donations/events: a community wide church communion service held in 2012 chose NPF as its’ offering recipient; BB&T Bank choose the foundation to receive the annual Lighthouse Award-3 of our homes received landscaping from this award; BJ’s Warehouse awarded the Foundation $2500.00 for the Transitional Housing Program; most recently, Michael Saunders Real Estate choose NPF to receive a grant from their Foundation.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The New Paradigm Foundation offers the only Transitional Housing Program in the area. Over the years, we witnessed the numbers of struggling families in the community increasing and we saw the need to develop a program that would work towards breaking the cycle of generational poverty. This program is designed to instill a “new way of thinking”, - beginning with the parents and continuing to the children- teaching these children to believe they can succeed.

Our Transitional Housing Program provides housing as well as a stable, supportive environment for our families who are working on improving or developing the skills necessary to live an independent life.  For our Transitional Housing Residents, we provide:
● Volunteer mentors who meet regularly with each family to provide ongoing support with budgeting, goal setting and other family needs.
● Case management with ongoing support for mentors/families and links to community resources.
Budget $69,213
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
When evaluating this program for short term success we evaluate each family on their willingness to participate and comply with their program mentor and the various support classes our program requires. For example: By the end of the eight week financial class 80% of members will exhibit a change in behavior and attitude toward debt. 75% will successfully complete the program, having achieved the financial knowledge to successfully live debt free and gain financial independency.
Long Term Success Ideally our long term success would be that there were no families in our area in need of transitional housing. However, as things stand there is a great need for our services in the community. This is our fifth year of the program and would consider our program a long term success at an 80% completion rate with 100% of those families able to live on their own without assistance. 
Program Success Monitoring

Our Transitional Housing program not only provides safe affordable housing for our families but also core supportive services for each family. These programs and support services help the family transition from temporary to sustainable permanent housing. We monitor our program success through Monthly case management with a Case Manager, Mentor Evaluations and Program Compliance and Completion. We monitor successes after we create an Independent Development Plan (IDP) and meet monthly with the client to assist in barrier resolution. Mentors and families are required to fill out a monthly evaluation form, tracking  the progress of the family from the eyes of the mentors. Each family is paired with a mentor that is matched to them specifically. Each family is also assessed by their willingness to meet monthly with the Case Manager and Mentor as well as any program that is written into their IDP, from Financial/Budgeting/Asset Building, Life Skills and Nutrition. We find that utilizing these three tools we can quantify what is actually working for each family and be able to measure their progress.

Program Success Examples

Families’ testimonies that completed the program:

“I cannot thank The New Paradigm Foundation enough for the life-changing experience they have blessed me with. I am a single father who was facing homelessness. The NPF reached out to my family and answered our prayer. They have been with me step by step with encouragement, mentoring and spiritual guidance. My gratitude goes beyond words, not just for myself, but also for my 3 children as well”.

Parent was involved in a long term domestic violence situation. Parent was able to concentrate on herself and was able to start counseling for her and her children and is starting to comprehend what a healthy relationship is and how she can continue to work on her self-esteem, and truly understand her worth. Parent has acquired a good paying job and save money to start over. She has been in the program for 1 year and is now ready to move into permanent housing with her 3 children.


CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Kathleen Nelson
CEO Term Start Jan 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email

Kathleen Nelson co-founded The New Paradigm Foundation with her husband, David in 2001. She is a Registered Nurse and served in the staff position of Parish Nurse at her local church for 13 years.  Before directing the Foundation, Kathleen worked in many different areas of nursing, the most recent being the development and management of all aspects of an Allergy Program for an Otolaryngologist in Massachusetts. Kathleen also has a degree in Natural Nutrition and has numerous speaking engagements on subjects related to Healthy Living.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 8
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We are in collaboration with:
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Charlotte County Human Services
Englewood Community Care Clinic
Englewood Helping Hand
Goodwill Job Link
Habitat For Humanity
Healthy Families
Local Area Churches
Our Mother's House
Senior Friendship Centers
Comprehensive Housing Resources
Solve Maternity Home
St. Vincent de Paul Societies - Port Charlotte & Englewood Areas
Jewish Family and Children Services
North Port Social Services
Project Phoenix Englewood
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2011
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Kathleen Nelson
Company Affiliation The New Paradigm Foundation
Board Term Feb 2001 to Dec 2021
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Steven Fishman Sr Account Executive, Oracle
Mr William Fleming Esq.Sales/Marketing Executive, WENG Radio Station
Ms. Kay Keller Title Agent, Suncoast One Title and Closings, Inc.
Mr. David Nelson CEO/Broker, Investor's Choice International Realty, INC.
Ms. Kathleen Nelson RN, BSHNThe New Paradigm Foundation
Dr. Paul Powers Management Psychologist, Executive/Career/Retirement Coach, Speaker & Author
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 4
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
Our volunteer Board of Directors are local businessmen and women, dedicated to making a difference in their community. Making a difference requires a sacrifice of time, talent, and resources - this board is committed to its' role in the work of the Foundation, to bring about real change in people's lives for a stronger community.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $145,550.00
Projected Expenses $140,311.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$129,684$94,386$86,625
Administration Expense$30,396$36,002$12,228
Fundraising Expense$5,529$3,919$4,747
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.760.701.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%70%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%27%47%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$795,413$791,433$792,782
Current Assets$5,463$1,483$2,832
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$795,413$791,433$792,782
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountLow Income Rental $83,840Low Income Rental $79,096Low Income Rental $95,886
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $33,087Fundraising $8,135Fundraising $10,093
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $9,447Contributions, gifts, grants $6,205Investment Income $403
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  The audit document provided for 2011 was prepared on a fiscal year ended September 30, whereas the Federal tax returns reflect calendar year ends.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit New Paradigm Foundation Inc
Address 2800 Placida Road
Suite 111
Englewood, FL
Phone 941 681-2194