Announcing the 2018 Social Innovator Finalists

2018 Innovator Announcement

The Social Innovation Forum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Social Innovator Accelerator cohort. We believe these organizations represent greater Boston's most promising approaches to addressing some of our community's toughest social issues.

We received more than 150 applications across eight social issue tracks this year. We’d like to extend a special thanks to our evaluation committee, a group of 100 social issue experts, funders, and practitioners, who helped us select this outstanding group! The programs and organizations listed below recently completed the finalist interview process and will undergo final due diligence before eight Social Innovators are selected in early December. 

Addressing Homelessness in Massachusetts 
Track Partner: Highland Street Foundation

Advancing Education in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust

Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region's Toughest Issues
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact

Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration
Track Partner: Stifler Family Foundation

Establishing Financial Education as a Building Block for Success
Track Partner: MassMutual Foundation 

Improving Access to Healthy Living
Track Partner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Promoting Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers*
Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative, which includes the Ansara Family Fund, Barr Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Hyams Foundation, Landry Family Foundation, Macomber Family Fund, Suhrbier Family Fund, and Tomfohrde Foundation

Supporting Accessibility and Opportunities for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance

*This year in addition to selecting one Innovator for the “Promoting Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers” track, the Social Innovation Forum is inviting six-eight nonprofit organizations from the applicant pool to participate in our second Capacity Camp, a condensed version of the Accelerator, which will take place between February and April 2018. The organizations listed below are also being considered for participation in the Capacity Camp.

Promoting Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum-Seekers Capacity Camp
Track Partner: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative, which includes the Ansara Family Fund, Barr Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Hyams Foundation, Landry Family Foundation, Macomber Family Fund, Suhrbier Family Fund, and Tomfohrde Foundation