October 22, 2018
Social Innovation Forum Names Eight 'Social Innovators'

December 18, 2017 — The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston nonprofit that connects nonprofits with supporters to create positive social change, recently announced that it named eight Greater Boston nonprofits as "social innovators," which provides each with in-kind support and capacity-building resources valued at $150,000 to help scale their work and accelerate their impact.

Social Innovation Forum (SIF) selected the nonprofits from a pool of 155 applicants "based on their unique and effective approaches to addressing critical social issues in Greater Boston."

"We extend a warm welcome to our newest group of Social Innovators," said SIF Executive Director Susan Musinsky. "Our team, consultants, in-kind partners, and volunteers are excited to work with you over the next 24 months to help you accelerate the important work your organizations are doing in the local community."

Each of the 2018 social innovators will receive training, coaching, and consulting, from SIF and its partners.

Selected as social innovators were the following:
  • ACT Lawrence, Lawrence, to establish financial education as a building block for success; Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation

  • Community Boating Center, New Bedford, to advance education in New Bedford; Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

  • Fathers’ Uplift, Roxbury, to develop innovative, effective, and sustainable approaches to the region’s toughest issues; Track Partner: Boston Open Impact

  • GreenRoots, Chelsea, to improve access to healthy living; Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

  • HomeStart, Boston, for its program, The Renew Collaborative, which addresses homelessness in Massachusetts; Track Partner: Highland Street Foundation

  • PAIR (Political Asylum / Immigration Representation Project), Boston, to promote successful advancement and integration for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers; Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative**

  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Boston, to support accessibility and opportunities for young people with disabilities; Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Strategies for Youth, Cambridge, to help break the cycle of incarceration; Track Partner: Stifler Family Foundation
According to SIF, nonprofit organizations in its, on average, more than double their revenue within four years after engaging with SIF, growth that is significantly higher than state and national rates.

Since 2003, SIF has provided training and networks to social impact organizations, funders, and skilled volunteers and has directed more than $24 million in cash and in-kind services to 106 portfolio organizations, helping them to accelerate their impact. SIF completed its first full year of operation last summer as an independent organization since it spun off from Root Cause.

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