Social Innovation Forum Names Eight 'Social Innovators'
December 8, 2019 The Social Innovation Forum, a Boston nonprofit that connects nonprofits with supporters to create positive social change, last week announced it selected eight Massachusetts nonprofits to participate in its 2020 Social Innovator accelerator program, which will provide each with capacity-building support and related resources valued at $150,000.
Program participants, called "social innovators," will receive support, including consulting, executive coaching, and presentation advising, from Social Innovation Forum (SIF) and its partners over the next six months.
Susan Musinsky, SIF executive director, said, We are honored to continue this work with another set of amazing local nonprofit organizations. These organizations are working hard to address complex social issues in our communities and we are excited to draw on support from many of those the SIF community to help them accelerate their work and grow their impact."
In place since 2003, the program assigns each nonprofit to an interest area, or "track," after a six-month evaluation process. Nonprofits will work with a partner organization, which has provided funding for the track.
Following are the newly named social innovators:
To be eligible for the program, nonprofits must have been operating for at least one cycle, a minimum of 1.5 full-time equivalent employees, and an annual operating budget of $100,000$2 million.
- Adaptive Sports New England, Boston, to support and advance health of people with disabilities; Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation
- Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center), Boston, to strengthen financial health through building and increasing social capital; Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation
- Elevated Thought, Lawrence, to advance arts engagement; Track Partner: JAKET Foundation
- OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Jamaica Plan, Advancing Arts Engagement
Track Partner: JAKET Foundation
- PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative), Boston, to address the opioid epidemic; Track Partner: Boston Open Impact
- The 1647, Inc., Dorchester to promote teacher and educator training opportunities for effective and innovative approaches; Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation
- Vital Village Network, Boston, to nurture the whole health of children, families, and communities; Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative
- WHALE (Waterfront Historic Area League), New Bedford, to revitalize New Bedford through community-based efforts; Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust