Innovators & Entrepreneurs

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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  • 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.

  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice

    • 2017 Social Innovator

    Citizens for Juvenile Justice advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. A justice system that is designed to promote the healthy development of youth, so they can grow up to live as responsible and productive adults in their communities.

  • Community Economic Development Center

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Workforce Development

    Community Economic Development Center fosters economic justice in the local economy through people-centered development. CEDC seeks to create a more just, local economy by building bridges to resources, networks, and cooperative action for new immigrants and low income members of its community.

  • Institute for Nonprofit Practice

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Workforce Development

    Institute for Nonprofit Practice educates, empowers, and builds community among nonprofit managers and leaders at all career levels through year-long certificate programs to strengthen the skills, networks, and diversity of the nonprofit leadership pipeline.

  • Julie's Family Learning Program

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Women & Girls

    Julie's Family Learning Program is a stabilization program for mothers and children combining critical wrap-around support services, holistic curriculum, licensed & certified infant and toddler child care, and Montessori preschool to create a supportive environment where mothers can transform themselves and their families.

  • Project Citizenship

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement

    Project Citizenship enables immigrants to become citizens through free screening, large citizenship workshops, individual application assistance and referrals. For those unable to learn English due to a disability and those unable to pay, Project Citizenship advocates to obtain a disability waiver or a fee waiver.

  • Room to Grow

    • 2017 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Early Childhood Education
      Women & Girls

    Room to Grow is focused on ensuring babies born into poverty have what they need to learn, grow and succeed in life. The program provides families with one-on-one parenting education, referrals to other community services, as well as clothes, toys, books and gear babies need during their first three years of development.