In recognition of deepening divides both locally and nationally and in an effort to encourage all community members to engage in our democracy, this year SIF will convene a group of donors to form a collaborative social issue track focused on civic engagement.
The collaborative funding opportunity allows a community of next-gen funders, emerging philanthropists, and other prospective partners to accelerate social change in greater Boston. Working with the SIF team, the funding partners will engage in the entire Social Innovator Accelerator process, starting with defining a more specific social issue area of focus. The participants will join an in-depth, six-month application process, meeting experts, reviewing applications, and participating in site visits, culminating in the selection of one nonprofit organization to join the 2021 Social Innovator cohort. The Social Innovator will then receive 24 months of capacity-building support from the Social Innovation Forum, helping them to scale their work and deepen their impact.
As a young person and a Next Gen-er involved in philanthropy, it has been invaluable having the support and expertise of the SIF community. My learning has only compounded since I made the decision to get and stay involved with SIF.
In addition to directing resources to support effective, local nonprofit organizations, collaborative tracks promote learning and hands-on engagement for funding partners. "As a young person and a Next Gen-er involved in philanthropy, it has been invaluable having the support and expertise of the SIF community. My learning has only compounded since I made the decision to get and stay involved with SIF," said Molly Stifler of the Stifler Family Foundation, a member of SIF's Inspire Boston Funder Collaborative 2019-2020.
SIF has a history of working collaboratively with funding partners, and we will continue supporting funder groups interested in bringing a fresh outlook to philanthropy. More information about the collaborative track opportunity can be found here and we invite interested partners to one of our upcoming info-sessions on Thursday, January 23, 2020 and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to learn more.
Please reach out to Carolyn Shaughnessy at email@example.com with any questions.