Capacity Camps

SIF leads a range of different types of Capacity Camps, which are condensed versions of its Social Innovator Accelerator. In 2016 SIF piloted a version featuring nonprofits working in the field of environmental sustainability. In 2018 SIF hosted three Capacity Camps: one focused on immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers with a pitch contest; one on workforce development organizations and building their leadership capacity through coaching; and one focused on healthy living with quarterly trainings and team building. Each program was tailor-designed by SIF with both the organization’s and the funder’s interests.

Participants of our 2021 New Bedford Capacity Camp are currently engaged in efforts to increase the visibility of their organizations' work and in expanding capacity to deepen and scale their programming. They are gaining practical knowledge on current topics that affect the nonprofit sector, growing their leadership skills through personal and professional development, receiving one-on-one coaching with a professional executive coach, and raising the visibility of their work in front of new funders and potential supporters.

For more information about SIF’s Capacity Camp program, please send an email to Sarah Dingee, Program Manager at

Current Capacity Camp Participants and Alums:

Year: 2021
Topic: Strengthening the New Bedford Community
Funders: Schrafft Charitable Trust and The Island Foundation
Participating Organizations: 
Coastal Foodshed
Discovery Language Academy
Entrepreneurship for All
Groundwork Southcoast
Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Year: 2021
Topic: Youth Development
Funder: State Street Foundation 
Participating Organizations: 
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of the Children – Boston
Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts
Minds Matter Boston
St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
The Possible Project

Year: 2020
Topic: Inclusion and Accessibility
Funder: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Participating Organizations: 
Best Buddies
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC)
Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers
Open Door Arts
Operation A.B.L.E of Greater Boston
The Next Step Fund

Year: 2019
Topic: College Access
Funder: State Street Foundation
Participating Organizations: 
Freedom House
Hyde Square Task Force
Noonan Scholars
One Goal
POSSE Foundation
Sociedad Latina
Summer Search
The Boston Higher Education Resource Center (Boston HERC)

Year: 2018
Topic: Promoting Successful Advancement and Integration for Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers. 
Funders: Immigrant and Refugee Funder Collaborative (Ansara Family Foundation, Barr Foundation, The Clowes Fund, Hyams Foundation, Landry Family Foundation, Macomber Family Foundation, Suhrbier Family Foundation, John H. and Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation)
Participating Organizations: 
Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (CCT)
English for New Bostonians
Justice At Work
La Comunidad
Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MUA)
Welcome Project

Year: 2018
Topic: Workforce Development
Funder: State Street Foundation
Participating Organizations: 
East Boston Ecumenical Center
Project Hope
Project Place
South Boston en Acción
St. Francis House
STRIVE, Program of JRI
United South End Settlements

Year: 2016
Topic: Environmental Sustainability
Funder: Schrafft Charitable Trust
Participating Organizations: 
Boston Area Gleaners
Change is Simple
Food For Free
Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation
Healthy Waltham
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Regional Environmental Council