Social Innovators

The Social Innovation Forum's portfolio of nonprofit Social Innovators and social impact business Impact Entrepreneurs represents a range of social issues including food insecurity, healthy aging, environmental sustainability, youth development, and the arts. Explore our portfolio by year or social issue and read Innovator and Entrepreneur Spotlights to learn what it means to be a part of the Social Innovation Forum.

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  • ACT Lawrence

    • 2018 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment

    The goal of ACT Lawrence is to educate and empower low- and moderate-income individuals with the skills and knowledge to achieve financial stability and establish a pathway to personal success. ACT Lawrence supports 1,600 people through its seven core programs that provide financial coaching, jobs, benefits referrals, and training.

  • Adaptive Sports New England

    • 2020 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Disabilities

    Adaptive Sports New England provides sports opportunities for youth who have a visual or mobility impairment while also promoting the inclusion of these youth in school and community sports. 

  • African Community Education (ACE)

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Gateway Cities
      Youth Development

    The African Community Education (ACE) Program helps African refugee and immigrant youth to succeed academically and provides wraparound support to its students' families to help them engage in their children's education, acclimate to the community, and rebuild their lives.

  • AgeWell West Roxbury

    • 2013 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Healthy Aging

    AgeWell West Roxbury is an Ethos-sponsored initiative that promotes the development of an age-friendly community and the creation of successful aging- in-place strategies. AgeWell collaborates with residents of all ages, local businesses, religious organizations and health and social service providers to build a community that is collectively activated around and responsive to healthy aging and local unmet needs.

  • Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children

    • 2009 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education

    The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children (BTWIC) conducts independent and operational research to identify the most prevailing deficiencies in the Massachusetts early education and care system and works with strategic partners to champion and implement solutions that ensure underserved children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

  • Boston CASA

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Foster Children & Youth
      Youth Development

    Boston CASA works with juvenile court judges to appoint CASA volunteers to represent the voice of the child in the courtroom. CASA volunteers work gathering information, communicating with all parties, and ensuring that children in foster care are getting the care they need and deserve.

  • Boston Children's Chorus

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Arts
      Civic Engagement
      Youth Development

    Boston Children's Chorus harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience, children learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.

  • Boston Health Care and Research Training Institute

    • 2004 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Workforce Development

    The Boston Health Care and Research Training Institute is a collaborative model that increases educational opportunities for low-wage adults in the health care and research industry, while simultaneously improving the ability of health care institutions to deliver high-quality care to their patients.

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  • Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center)

    • 2020 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Social Capital

    Boston HERC (Higher Education Resource Center) equips low-income, first-generation youth to access and thrive in higher education, break the cycle of poverty, and transform their communities. 

  • Boston Learning Center

    • 2003 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    The Boston Learning Center's innovative after-school program motivates economically and academically challenged youth who are at risk of failing in school by helping them to change negative peer pressure into positive peer support and discover what motivates them to learn and how they learn best.