The Social Innovation Forum is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 Social Innovator Accelerator cohort. We believe these organizations represent the nonprofit sector's most promising approaches to addressing some of greater Boston's toughest social issues.
This year, we received 134 applications across seven social issue tracks. We would like to extend a special thanks to our evaluation committee, a group of 87 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 seven Social Innovators are selected in early December.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Track Partner: Boston Open Impact
- Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR)
- PAARI: Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative
- St. Francis House Engagement, Treatment, and Recovery
- William J. Ostiguy High School
Advancing Arts Engagement
Track Partner: JAKET Foundation
- Brain Arts Organization
- Elevated Thought
- Girls Rock Campaign Boston
- Me 2 Orchestra, Inc.
- OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
Nurturing the Whole Health of Children, Families, and Communities
Track Partner: Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative
- Beyond Soccer, Inc.
- First Teacher
- Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI‑USA)
- Jeremiah Program Boston
- Vital Village Network, a program of Boston Medical Center
Promoting Teacher and Educator Training Opportunities for Effective and Innovative Approaches
Track Partner: Wellington Management Foundation
- Clubhouse Catalyst: Where Technology Meets Imagination
- Evidence‑Based Argumentation, a program of Boston Debate League
- Journey into Education and Teaching (JET), a program of Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning
- The 1647, Inc.
Revitalizing New Bedford Through Community-based Efforts
Track Partner: Schrafft Charitable Trust
- Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores
- Coastal Foodshed, Inc.
- Groundwork Southcoast
- Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)
Strengthening Financial Health Through Building and Increasing Social Capital
Track Partner: Mass Mutual Foundation
- Boston Higher Education Resource Center
- Dress for Success Boston
- First Source Jobs, a program of Somerville Community Corporation
- Invest in Girls, a program of the Council of Economic Education
- Union Capital Boston
Supporting and Advancing Health of People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Caregivers
Track Partner: Edith M. Ashley Fund at the Boston Foundation