Eight Massachusetts Nonprofits Named 'Social Innovators'

December 9, 2018 — The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston nonprofit that connects nonprofits with supporters to create positive social change, on Thursday named eight Massachusetts nonprofits as "social innovators," providing each with $150,000 of in-kind support and resources over the next two years to strengthen their impact.

The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) worked with the nonprofits over the last six months to evaluate needs and to team each with a partner organization. Each will receive support from SIF and its partners, which includes consulting, executive coaching, and presentation advising.

“We warmly welcome these eight organizations into the Social Innovator Accelerator program,” said SIF Executive Director Susan Musinsky. “They are about to embark on an intense 24 month journey of organizational growth and learning, and the SIF team, consultants, volunteers, and in-kind partners are excited to begin working with them.”

Following are the newly named social innovators, chosen from 33 organizations competing as finalists this year:
  • Boston Youth Wrestling , Boston, which will work to close opportunity gap through out-of-classroom engagement; Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative

  • Disability Policy Consortium, Malden, to work on ensuring success for young people with disabilities; Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation

  • Dream Out Loud Center, New Bedford, to focus on promoting access to arts and culture in New Bedford; Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

  • English for New Bostonians , Boston, to support and advance health and stability of immigrant families; Track Partner: Shipley Foundation

  • LEAP for Education, Salem, to work on building a path to success through workforce development for youth; Track Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation

  • Paige Academy, Boston, to focus on early childhood education as a foundation for future success; Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation

  • The Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Mattapan, which will focus on creating equity through leadership in environmental justice communities; Track Partner: Cedar Tree Foundation

  • Y2Y Network, Cambridge, which will focus on creating pathways to success for young people experiencing homelessness; Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Since 2003, SIF has provided training and networks to social impact organizations, funders, and skilled volunteers and has directed more than $30 million in cash and in-kind services to more than 100 portfolio organizations.

To be eligible for the program, nonprofits must have been operating for at least one cycle, a minimum of 1.5 full-time equivalents employees, and an annual operating budget of $100,000–$2 million.