Since 2003, The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) has accelerated the performance of 106 innovative, results-oriented nonprofits in its flagship Social Innovator Accelerator in Greater Boston. SIF has always been committed to supporting its Innovator alumni, who are considered to be part of its “forever portfolio”.
In 2020, SIF launched a formal Alumni Program, designed to provide ongoing support. As the organizations in SIF’s alumni community continue their important work for social change in Greater Boston, they face new challenges and opportunities for growth, development, and impact. SIF’s Alumni Program supports them in the next stage of their organization’s development through leadership development, skill-building, and network-building.
For more information about SIF’s Alumni Program, please contact Jenna Nackel, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Program Offerings
Workshops offer interactive learning for nonprofit staff at all levels on a broad range of topics, such as effective nonprofit storytelling, advocacy, supporting staff, individual giving, board engagement, conducting surveys, and more.
Roundtables & Executive Director Circles bring together nonprofit leaders for dialogue and network-building with their peers. Recent topics have included anti-racism, working remotely, virtual fundraising events, and more.
Advising & In-Kind Projects connect SIF nonprofits with dedicated volunteers and professionals who want to give back to their community and share their expertise. Nonprofits have the opportunity to receive a wide range of pro-bono support, including legal, marketing, and technology support.
Learning Cohorts bring together a small group of nonprofit leaders for focused, multi-part trainings with individualized support in-between sessions. Recent cohorts have focused on fundraising, financial management, leadership, and more.
Executive Coaching provides individualized support to help participants enhance their leadership capabilities and achieve their goals for growth.
Accelerator 2.0 - Looking ahead: SIF hopes to expand alumni support by bringing together a cohort of alumni to build off their original experience, providing continued leadership development and skill-building, training new leaders, and responding to new inflection points.
Year One: Building a (Virtual) Community
SIF launched the Alumni Program just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought great uncertainty and unexpected shifts for nonprofits, all while the communities they serve also experienced great need. For SIF’s nonprofit community, the new workshops, roundtables, and learning cohorts provided a chance to come together, build a peer support network, and grapple with issues impacting the nonprofit sector.
During this time of significant change, SIF kept its virtual doors wide open, including other nonprofits in our network in workshops and other events. Participants included SIF Finalists, past Capacity Camp attendees, and members of SIF’s coworking space.
SIF’s Alumni Council is a group of 8-12 members of past Social Innovator Accelerator organizations who represent, engage, and connect with other past innovators to advance the interests of SIF’s alumni community. Throughout the launch of the Alumni Program, they have played an integral role in designing and leading programming for the alumni community.
Alumni Council Members
Alexandra Chery, Director of Programs and Training, Louis D. Brown
Cherie Craft, Founding CEO and Executive Director, Smart from the Start
Andy Herlihy, Executive Director, Community Boating Center
Jon Gay, Executive Director, Playworks New England
Carla Gualdron, Program Director, WriteBoston
Bior Guigni, CEO, Beat the Streets New England
Heather McMann, Executive Director, Groundwork Lawrence
Sovanna Pouv, Executive Director, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
Aziza Robinson-Goodnight, Executive Director, Transformative Culture Project
Sarah Roxburgh, Co-Executive Director & Chief of Operations, Veterans
Raymond Santos, Chief Development and Community Relations Officer, Ethos