The Social Innovation Forum’s flagship program, the Social Innovator Accelerator, provides a unique opportunity for innovative nonprofits to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity.
As of July 28, we are excited to announce the addition of a new social issue track to our Social Innovator Accelerator this year. Though applications on our seven other tracks are closed, we are now accepting nominations and applications on our eighth track, "Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities," supported by the Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation.
For our 2018 - 2019 Social Innovator Accelerator, we will select one nonprofit for each of our eight "social issue tracks" listed below. Innovators will receive access to cash and in-kind benefits valued at $150,000 over the course of 24 months. Read more below about our benefits to Social Innovators, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
Benefits to Social Innovators
- Five months of consulting services focused on enhancing the organization’s ability to articulate the social problem it is addressing, its innovative approach, and its social impact. The consulting engagement culminates in the development of the following materials designed for funder/investor audiences:
- Written investment prospectus
- Five-minute pitch (with PowerPoint slides)
- Five months of executive coaching
- $10,000 cash upon completion of the consulting engagement
- Showcasing via numerous events, including a spring Showcase (May 2019) that annually attracts more than 350 business leaders, institutional funders, and individual philanthropists
- Networking and relationship-building support
- Graphic design services
- Presentation coaching
- Additional support from SIF’s in-kind partners (e.g., legal, graphic design, PR, technology)
- $2,500 capacity building grant in the second year
- Are a registered 501(c)(3) or use a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) unless otherwise noted in the track description
- Address a specific social need as described in at least one of our social issue tracks
- Are working in the greater Boston area, unless otherwise noted in the track description
- Have been operating for at least one cycle (usually a year) and have a proven concept
- Have a minimum of 1.5 FTEs (full-time equivalents — counting full and part-time staff, not volunteers)
- Have an annual operating budget of $100,000–$2 million*
- Are at an inflection point in their growth and development
How to Apply
- Read through this Applicant Guide to see if your organization would be a good fit for the Social Innovator Accelerator and at least one of this year's social issue tracks.
- Self-nominate or be nominated via our online nomination form. After nomination, the program or organization leader will receive an email with a link to the application and further instructions within one business day.
- Complete the application. Applications on the “Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities” track will be accepted on a rolling basis until Thursday, August 30 at 5:00 pm. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
2018 - 2019 Social Issue Tracks and Sponsoring Partners:
Building the Path to Success Through Workforce Development for Youth
Track Partner: Amelia Peabody Foundation
Closing the Opportunity Gap Through Out-of-Classroom Engagement
Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative
Creating Equity Through Leadership in Environmental Justice Communities
Track Partner: Cedar Tree Foundation
Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation for the Future
Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation
Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities
Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation
Pathways to Success for Young People Experiencing Homelessness
Track Partner: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Promoting Access to Arts and Culture in New Bedford
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust
Supporting and Advancing Health and Stability of Immigrant Families
Track Partner: Shipley Foundation
With any questions, concerns, or technical issues, please email email@example.com or call our office at 617.492.2305.
We will have a special information session for applicants on the “Ensuring Long-term Success for Young People with Disabilities” social issue track to share more about the application process and what it means to be a "Social Innovator." Though it is optional, we encourage potential applicants to attend the information session.
- Monday, August 13, 9:00-10:30 am | Social Innovation Forum, Boston MA
To RSVP for one of the info sessions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.