May 21, 2018
Enroot Receives $100K Grant to Build Capacity, Pursue Growth

June 25, 2017 — Social Venture Partners Boston recently announced that it has named Enroot, a Cambridge nonprofit that works to empower newly arrived immigrant high school students to achieve academic, career, and personal success, as its latest grantee, which brings with it $100,000 in unrestricted funds and skilled volunteer support valued at $200,000.

The three-year relationship is designed to enable Enroot to build capacity, refine its program model, and achieve its strategic growth objectives.

“Enroot is honored to be selected for this major capacity building investment and excited about what we will accomplish with Social Venture Partners in the years ahead,” said Ben Clark, executive director of Enroot. “We are proud of what our students discover they can achieve and we’re eager to continue expanding, especially at a time when English Language Learners face additional barriers to success.”

Social Venture Partners Boston, a Charlestown-based philanthropic organization that provides funding to Greater Boston nonprofits, particularly those that help children and youth thrive, said it chose Enroot because of "its holistic approach to tackling the unique challenges facing immigrant youth transitioning into the country, along with its commitment to continued expansion, both in the Boston area and beyond."

Enroot was selected from a pool of close to 20 nonprofit applicants to receive support from Social Venture Partners Boston during its spring 2017 grant cycle.

“Social Venture Partners fuels nonprofit success by connecting Boston’s most promising organizations with the valuable resources and business counsel of our Partners – enabling both to have greater impact than they could on their own,” said Darcy Brownell, executive director of Social Venture Partners Boston. “We share Enroot’s commitment to bridge the gap between education and a life full of possibilities and look forward to working closely with Ben and his team over the next three years.”

Enroot traces its origins to as a philanthropic federation established in 1938. The organization pivoted to direct service in 1951 under the name of Cambridge Community Services, and in 2016, rebranded as Enroot, with a narrowed mission to focus exclusively on supporting immigrant high school students.

Today, Enroot works with low-income, immigrant high school students by providing mentorship, leadership development, professional internships, and academic support. Enroot’s program model spans two to four years of a student’s high school career. Students are matched one-on-one with a volunteer mentor, provided academic tutoring, participate in professional internships, attend weekly workshops focused on community engagement, leadership development, college access, and workforce readiness, and are provided with intensive case management by Enroot staff.

Enroot currently serves 100 students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and Somerville High School.

Social Venture Partners Boston operates like a venture capital model for local early-stage nonprofits. It gives its 80 partners—or volunteers—the opportunity to invest their time, money, and expertise in innovative nonprofits that have the potential to make meaningful and sustainable improvements in the community.

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