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 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.

  • Boston Urban Youth Foundation

    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Education & College Access
      Youth Development

    Boston Urban Youth Foundation’s Building Futures Educational Initiative addresses the issue of violence through early prevention strategies for youth most at risk of future violent behavior—those on a trajectory to school dropout. Building Futures targets chronically truant middle school students and equips them with concrete academic and life skills that ensure school engagement, high school graduation, and college access.

  • Budget Buddies

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Financial Empowerment
      Gateway Cities
      Women & Girls

    Budget Buddies provides financial education for low-income women by partnering with local social service agencies to build six-month programs that combine classroom instruction with personal, one-to-one coaching.

  • Building Impact

    • 2007 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Social Enterprise

    Building Impact’s mission is to strengthen communities by providing individuals and companies with the knowledge and opportunity to volunteer, donate, and connect in the buildings where they work or live.

  • Innovator Spotlight

    Cabbige

    • 2015 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Financial Empowerment
      Social Business Accelerator

    Cabbige helps small farms make more money with an online business management tool that includes a pricing tool, inventory management, and reporting and analytics.

  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

    • 2016 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Gateway Cities

    CMAA provides services, programs, and opportunities to advance the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other ethnic minority groups.

  • Catie's Closet

    • 2015 Social Innovator
    • Social Issue:
      Youth Development
      Education & College Access

    Catie’s Closet improves attendance and removes social stigmas by providing up to date clothing and necessities to students living in poverty through innovative in-school free stores.

  • ChopChopKids

    • 2014 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    ChopChopKids is an innovative nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. ChopChopKids believes that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics.

  • 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.

  • City Feed and Supply

    • 2013 Impact Entrepreneur
    • Social Issue:
      Civic Engagement
      Health & Nutrition
      Social Business Accelerator

    City Feed and Supply's mission is to be a neighborhood market/café/deli that reflects and serves the needs of the community which sustains it. City Feed provides healthy, natural, specialty, local and organic food options to customers and offers employees challenging, enjoyable and competitively compensated jobs inside a merit-based management structure.