• Founder and Executive Director Derek Phillips presented with fatherhood leadership award from White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • RDN organizes the First Annual National Father Daughter Dance with 8 other cities on Father's Day Weekend


  • Partnership with Fortune Girls
  • The President's Community Service Award
  • Seven Roses Legacy Foundation Beacon of Light Award


  • Testimony to Congressional Black Caucus hearings in Washington, D.C. and New York
  • Recognition in Congressional Record for Outstanding Service to Community
  • Launch of monthly Real Dads Club meeting
  • New York State Assembly Proclamation
  • Keynote presentation to Father's Day program at WNBA Lady Liberty game at Madison Square Garden
  • Certified as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Non-Profit Corporation


  • First annual Daddy Daughter Dance
  • First annual "In Celebration of Real Dads' Week"


  • Co-organizer of "Meeting the Fatherhood Challenge Conference" held at the Apollo Theater
  • Co-host of touring exhibit, BABA: Black Artists' Expression of Father, debuting at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia


  • RDN organizes its First Annual Fatherhood Summit (Wall Street Journal news report)


  • RDN launches a website and monthly newsletter to share fatherhood information and resources


  • Release of documentary film "Real Dads: Black Men on Fatherhood" with commentary by Ossie Davis