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January 18, 2021
Social Innovation Forum Names Six 'Social Innovators'
Social Innovation Forum

December 11, 2020 — The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston nonprofit that connects nonprofits with supporters to create positive social change, yesterday announced it named six Boston area nonprofits as “social innovators” that brings with it capacity-building support and related resources valued at $150,000.

“We extend a warm welcome to these six innovative nonprofits,” said Susan Musinsky, Executive Director of the Social Innovation Forum (SIF). “They are now part of the SIF community and we look forward to providing them with the support and access to resources they need to pivot and take their work to the next level over the next 24 months.”

In place since 2003, SIF’s Social Innovator program assigns each nonprofit to an interest area, or track, and pairs the organization with a partner organization, which funded the relevant track and will provide remote training, coaching, and consulting support.

Following are the new social innovators:

  • Breaktime, Boston, which empowers young adults experiencing homelessness to build stability in their lives, will focus on developing innovative and sustainable approaches to the region’s toughest social issues. Track partner: Boston Open Impact

  • Everyday Boston, Jamaica Plain, which collects and uses stories to enhance connections in Boston, will focus on dismantling hate and building social cohesion within and across communities. Track Partner: The Beker Foundation

  • Immigrant Family Services Institute, Mattapan, which works to integrate new immigrants into American life, will focus on advancing education and career opportunities for immigrant youth Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation

  • Industry Training Reentry Replication Model, a program of Project Place, Boston, which provides skills, education, and resources to help people who are homeless or in poverty obtain and sustain employment and housing, will focus on combating recidivism through comprehensive re-entry programs. Track Partner: Wagner Foundation

  • The Loop Lab, Cambridge, which works to decrease youth violence and drug abuse in disadvantaged communities, will focus on reinventing remote learning opportunities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance

  • Neighbor to Neighbor, Boston, which works to enhance communities by combatting racial‌,‌ ‌environmental‌,‌ and ‌economic‌ ‌justice, will focus on promoting a healthy democracy through civic engagement and community empowerment. Track Partner: Civic Engagement Funder Collaborative
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